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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Video: Extended highlights of the 1995 RWC Final
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As South Africans celebrate Women’s Day today, Springbok Women’s captain Nolusindiso Booi used the occasion to encourage her team-mates to remain positive and keep working hard with an eye on the 2021 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.