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10 Springbok Rugby Facts you probably didn’t know

If there is one thing South Africans love and support, it’s Rugby. The game that brought a nation together back in 1995! Here are 10 interesting facts about the Springboks you probably didn’t know.

  1. As of July 2022, 929 South African rugby union players have represented the Springboks, either by playing in a test match or touring with the national side.
  2. On July 30, 1891, South Africa played its first test match against the touring British Isles team. South Africa was new to the game and lost twenty matches.
  3. The Springboks’ first overseas game was in Glasgow, Scotland in 1906.
  4. Between 1903 and 1956, the Springboks never lost a series.
  5. A cease-fire was called during the Second Boer War in 1902 so the British and Boer forces could play a rugby match.
  6. The Springboks were not allowed to compete in the first two Rugby World Cup tournaments in 1987 and 1991 due to anti-apartheid sporting boycotts until their World Cup debut in 1995, when South Africa hosted the tournament.
  7. Percy Montgomery who retired in 2008 was the first Springbok to play in over 100 tests for South Africa.
  8. Up until 1928, the Springboks did a Zulu dance similar to the Haka before the game.
  9. The first draw in a Test for South Africa was against the British Lions played in Johannesburg (10 – 10) on 26 August 1903.
  10. The Springboks have the second-highest winning percentage in test rugby out of all the major test-playing nations.

“Sport has the power to change the world.  It has the power to inspire.  It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does.  It speaks to youth in a language they understand.  Sport can create hope where once there was despair.” – Nelson Mandela

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