South Africa first played Test rugby in 1891, against a British Isles touring team. The Springboks made their Rugby World Cup debut in 1995, when the newly democratic South Africa hosted the tournament and the team, under the captaincy of Francois Pienaar, defeated the All Blacks in the final (15-12), a moment which is remembered as one of the greatest in South Africa's sporting history. The Springboks also won the Rugby World Cup in France in 2007, beating England by 15-6 with John Smit as captain, and repeated the feat in 2019 under Siya Kolisi as captain, winning the final by 32-12 against England in Japan.
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An “awesome spectacle” awaits fans in 2021 when the British & Irish Lions head to South Africa for their quadrennial tour, and former Springbok flank Francois Louw reckons the tourists will have a point to prove against the men in green and gold.
Francois Louw went around the block a few times during his professional rugby career and when he decided to finally hang up his boots last month, he could look back at 15 years of senior rugby with a big smile on his face.