Francois Pienaar, even 25 years on, conveys a sense of disbelief and awe when he talks of that crisp highveld winter’s day that the Springboks won the Rugby World Cup for the first time.

The Springbok captain’s wonder is not so much about that his team won the Webb Ellis Cup at Ellis Park on June 24 1995, for he says he always felt they could pull it off, but that he received the golden trophy from Nelson Mandela...

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