Who knew rugby could be such a tear-jerker???
Back in 1995, South Africa was the host nation for the Rugby World Cup, but Nelson Mandela knew it was much more than a sporting event. Instead, he saw it as an opportunity to bring together a nation that was still recovering from an apartheid.
His theory proved to be correct and South Africa was stronger than ever after the Springboks beat New Zealand in the finals and brought home their first ever World Cup victory.
Well the rugby team decided to pay tribute to their fallen leader who recognized that a simple game can be so much more than 30 men on a field, and can actually unite an entire country.
Ch-ch-check out the heartwarming tribute …AFTER THE JUMP!!!
P.S. CLICK HERE to see some of Nelson Mandela's most inspirational quotes.
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