Town - SA Rugby has confirmed that Saturday's Rugby Championship clash between
the Springboks and Australia in Port Elizabeth will be played in honour of the
late Nelson Mandela.
Mandela, who died in 2013 at the
age of 95, would have turned 100 this year and there have been numerous
national events this year dedicated to him.
Given that Australia and South
Africa contest for the Nelson Mandela Challenge Plate every year, and given
that Saturday's clash will take place at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, this
fixture was as good a time as any for SA Rugby and the Boks to pay tribute to
the country's first democratically elected president.
SA Rugby posted an emotional
video clip to its Twitter page on Thursday that showed images of Mandela during
South Africa's famous World Cup campaign of 1995, when the Boks won the Webb
Ellis trophy on home soil.
The footage of Mandela and Bok
captain Francois Pienaar celebrating together will forever live in South
Africa's sporting memory.