John Smit Rugby World Cup 2007  South Africa Winners

John Smit, Kaptein van die Springbok Rugby Span wat die Wêreldbeker in 2007 verower het.

Former South African president Nelson Mandela wearing the Springbok jersey at the 1995 World Cup final in Johannesburg.

Nelson Mandela celebrates 1995 Rugby World Cup champions, South Africa.

Nelson Mandela and Francois Pienaar - Rugby World Cup 1995.  This moment changed the game in South Africa.

The Rugby World Cup was first major sporting event to take place in South Africa after apartheid. Mandela presented winning trophy to Francois Pienaar, South African rugby captain. The movie "Invictus" was based on this!

Francois Pienaar

Springbok Captain Francois Pienaar (R) receives the Rugby World Cup from President Nelson Mandela at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on 24 June

He wore number 6 the same number as the Captain of the Springboks did

While South Africa and the rest of the world mourn the loss of a great man, a great leader, and a remarkable human being, we are reminded that we must celebrate his life and continue the work he began.

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