On this day 26 years ago, the third edition of the Rugby World Cup kicked off in South Africa with the Springboks claiming a shock 27-18 win over defending champions Australia at Newlands.
Here is ESPN‘s recap of what transpired on that historic day:
A momentous day in South Africa as the third Rugby World Cup opened at Newlands where the home side, appearing in the tournament for the first time, upstaged the holders, Australia, with a 27-18 victory. On an emotional day, Nelson Mandela made a speech beforehand where he admitted: ‘Up until 1993 I used to hope South Africa lost because they represented the old, white order.’
Flyhalf Joel Stransky was the star for the hosts notching a try, four penalties, a drop goal and a conversion in front of a capacity 55,000 crowd. Australian skipper Michael Lynagh said ruefully at the end: ‘It felt as if we were playing the whole of South Africa. We lost, but it was great to be part of a wonderful occasion.’
Watch the full match here:
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