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.
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Springbok number eight Warren Whiteley gave an inspired performance on his return to action to lead the Emirates Lions to a superb 23-17 Vodacom Super Rugby triumph over the Chiefs in Hamilton on Friday morning.
Warren Whitely returns to action seven weeks after suffering an injury against the DHL Stormers in Cape Town and his return to the Emirates Lions is a big boost for their second Australasian Vodacom Super Rugby tour match.