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France convincing winners over England

The Wraparound from Rugby HQ - Week 27

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New Zealand hold onto Bledisloe Cup

HUGE hit between giant Polish forwards

Sensational Stepper Nehe Milner-Skudder

World XV convincingly beat Japan

Friday, July 24, 2009

Greatest Rugby Duel - Springboks vs All Blacks Parts 4-6

Greatest Rugby Duel - Springboks vs All Blacks Parts 4-6

Today we have the next three parts of this fascinating documentary that looks into the history of the rivalry between two of the great rugby nations, South Africa and New Zealand.

In the first three parts we learnt about how the game was formed, and got into the 1956 Test series, leading up to prop Kevin Skinner dishing out what he could to sort out the intimidating Springbok back.

Part four continues where we left off, as it was the Boks who were now being dominated in the scrums for the first time. The tension between the front rows was intense, as we hear about the incidents between Skinner, Japie Bekker, and Tiny White.

Off the field, political tension was rife for many a year, as South Africas policies restricted playing with and against non-whites in their country. They met the NZ Maori side though on their tour, and the match was played as it should be.

Apartheid went on, and the tours to South Africa continued as normal, but without Maori players. In 1967 New Zealand made a stand, but were told they could not change the way it was.

In 1970 honorary whites toured with New Zealand, including young Bryan Williams, who had a sensational tour. The ramifications of what was going on in rugby had far reaching affects, as Nelson Mandela himself talks about the situation from his point of view.

In 1981 the Springboks toured New Zealand under tumultuous conditions, including the famous Flour Bomb Test, which well feature here on Rugbydump soon.

The Cavaliers was the next step in 1986, as sanctions were placed on South African sports teams, disallowing internationals to take place.

In 1995, after a new South Africa was formed, Mandela, and the whole of the country united to host the Rugby World Cup. The great man himself wore a Springbok jersey as he supported his team in the final against the old enemy, the All Blacks. South Africa won.

The great quest for supremecy continues to this day, and with such a rich history, the respect and fierce rivalry between the two sides is something that will surely last forever.

As well as thoughts on this documentary itself, what are your feelings about us sharing these type of clips? Would you like more of this type of thing occasionally?

Part 4
Part 5
Part 6

Posted by Rugbydump at 6:55 pm | View Comments (21)

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The Schpoople Master July 25, 2009 11:16 am

First!!! omg greatest moment of my life!!!

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The Schpoople Master July 25, 2009 11:19 am

Great documentary, brilliant to hear from the men who experienced it first hand.Its also good that the history of the fixture is shown in so much depth, along with the cultural importance of rugby in each country. Best of all, some fantastic rugby clips, many of which I had never seen before. Thanks RD, more in the future would be greatly appreciated.

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Anonymous July 25, 2009 12:50 pm


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Anonymous July 25, 2009 12:55 pm

Thanks RD - more please!!!

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Anonymous July 25, 2009 12:56 pm


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sacricketer July 25, 2009 1:37 pm

as many documentaries as possible, rd!! fascinating stuff! a couple that come to mind are the irish doc 'Reaching for Glory' and the american doc 'Try, the Documentary.'

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Anonymous July 25, 2009 2:19 pm

As a neutral I love both these team because of the passion they wear the jumper with! More pls rd!

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Anonymous July 25, 2009 2:22 pm

Great stuff RD! A real eye-opener! Hope the Boks win today because they are my second best team after Scotland. I love the pride and passion they play with - they never seem to give up and they always up their game against the AB's. Good luck boks, with love from Scotland!

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Anonymous July 25, 2009 2:24 pm

It gave me shivers watching this, not because I'm a Bok or Black fan - but because I love rugby! Very impressive RD - keep it up!

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Anonymous July 25, 2009 7:56 pm

Parts 4-6 , no?

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Hugh July 25, 2009 8:11 pm

Great stuff.

Those Cavaliers, absolutely terrible. For the morons who bleat "Sport, not Politics": These were people's lives at stake. Politics isn't some vague theatre which floats harmlessly above society, it crucially affects people's lives. Young black men, such as Steve Biko, were dying for their resistance to an awful political system, for those in the rugby community to ignore that was simply dreadful. Some things are more important than the kick of a ball.

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usakapusa July 26, 2009 5:04 pm

Excellent! More like this, please.

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Anonymous July 27, 2009 2:51 am

Keep em documentaries coming!!!!!

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Anonymous July 27, 2009 4:34 am

amazing documentary
Thanks RD!

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Andy - Stinky July 27, 2009 11:59 am

Meads is defiantly unapologetic.

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handson July 27, 2009 5:27 pm


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Wessel July 27, 2009 9:17 pm

Hugh said...

"Young black men, such as Steve Biko, were dying for their resistance to an awful political system, for those in the rugby community to ignore that was simply dreadful."

True. And something to think about

But here is an interesting fact for you. And also to contemplate.

More people - probably all of them young black men - died in police custody last year than in the year with the highest total during apartheid.

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Anonymous July 28, 2009 12:45 am

They must have cut the part where Nelson Mandela said;
"and I knew, I just knew that NZ would choke in the final".

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Jeroen July 30, 2009 6:38 pm

This is excellent to watch, more docs please!
greetz from Holland!

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sean p July 30, 2009 11:33 pm

absolutely, more!

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Cheis August 06, 2009 11:06 am

great great vid

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