The Digital Journalist
© Peter Bendheim
Sport - Rugby Football Supporters, 2004

Rugby, a tough game with vague similarities to American football, was once regarded as a game played mostly by white South Africans. The national team, the Springboks, named after an agile species of buck, was for years banned around the world as part of the package of sanctions against the nation's policies. Symbolically, the bans from international sport had the effect of severely upsetting many white South Africans. But in 1995, in a new era, South Africa both hosted and won the Rugby World Cup. Today, both black and white proudly support the "amabokkebokk," as they are affectionately known, and sing the national anthem together with gusto at international matches such as this.