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Francois Pienaar & Nelson Mandela Rugby World Cup 1995

A truly momentous image capturing the spirit of hope and reconciliation of a country breaking free of apartheid. South African captain Francois Pienaar receiving the Webb Ellis Cup from South African President Nelson Mandela following South Africa’s epic victory in the 1995 World Cup Final against New Zealand in Johannesburg. In an image that was seen all over the world – newly elected President, Nelson Mandela, wearing the Springbok jersey, previously such a strong emblem of the white dominated regime that had kept Mandela prisoner for nearly 30 years, warmly congratulates Pienaar saying “Thank you for what you have done for South Africa” – incredible words from an incredible man!

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In one of the most iconic images in sporting history - victorious South African captain Francois Pienaar receives the William Webb Ellis Cup from South African president Nelson Mandela after South Africa had won the 1995 Rugby World Cup Final against the heavily fancied New Zealand at Ellis Park, Johanessburg. 24 JUN 1995. Mandatory Credit: DavidRogers/ALLSPORT Code: SPGASRY006

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