There won’t be many intact fingernails among South African rugby fans this morning — and that includes South African All Blacks fans, of whom there are more than a few as a result of the country’s troubled racial history.

The past weekend’s Rugby World Cup semifinals, in which defending champions New Zealand were comprehensively outplayed by a rampant England and the Springboks ground out a narrow win over Wales, were the first northern vs southern hemisphere semifinals in 20 years, and have set up a north-south final. That is a fitting reflection of the current state of international rugby union...

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