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How South Africa's 1995 Rugby World Cup Win is Still Felt Today

How South Africa's 1995 Rugby World Cup Win is Still Felt Today

Update: 2021-12-14
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The 1995 Rugby World Cup marked the end of apartheid and South Africa’s return to the international sports stage. The home team -- the Springboks -- weren’t expected to go far. Instead, they won it all. And if that sounds to you like the kind of thing Hollywood would make a movie about, you’re right. It’s the story at the center of Invictus, the 2009 film directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. The movie ends with Nelson Mandela being driven away from the stadium in Johannesburg, his car surrounded by overjoyed fans. But the true impact of that day -- and that game -- is still felt in South Africa today.


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How South Africa's 1995 Rugby World Cup Win is Still Felt Today

How South Africa's 1995 Rugby World Cup Win is Still Felt Today