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, with John Smit as captain and repeated the feat in 2019 under Siya Kolisi as captain. Apart from June Tests against touring teams mostly from the Northern Hemisphere, the Boks also play in the annual Castle Lager Rugby Championship - a competition they have won in 1998, 2004, 2009 and 2019 - and embarb on an European tour in November each year.
Last Updated: 26 Oct 2020
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