VIDEO: Madiba inducted into World Rugby Hall of Fame

2015-10-05 10:34

Nelson Mandela, who harnassed rugby as a vehicle for social change in 1995 to unite a nation, was inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame at a special ceremony during Rugby World Cup 2015.

The former South African president was inducted prior to the South Africa vs Scotland Pool B match at St James' Park in Newcastle on Saturday.

World Rugby Chairman Bernard Lapasset presented the coveted Hall of Fame cap to Hon Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation SA, Gert C Oosthuizen MP and Francois Pienaar, the Springbok captain in 1995.

"The World Rugby Hall of Fame recognises those who have made an indelible mark on our sport through feats on the field of play, displays of great character or through their tireless and inspirational work in driving forward our great game," said Lapasset.
"Mandela certainly fits in that category. He was instrumental in turning Rugby World Cup 1995 into a momentous occasion that united the South African nation through the power of sport."

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