The 1995 Rugby World Cup was one that holds a special place in rugby fans’ hearts. With the situation the country had gone through, rugby became more of a unifying necessity rather than a sport for the African nation. South Africa became the winners of more than a trophy, as their new found democracy and triumph in the tournament achieved more success beyond its merits.


That particular World Cup consisted of Jonah Lomu demolishing his opponents, leaving scars that even the English feel today.

Defending champions Australia failed to back up their efforts in 1991, bowing out in the quarter finals.

The tournament however belonged to the host nation and their success of the cup was summed up by the iconic image of former President Nelson Mandela handing the Webb-Ellis trophy to captain Francois Pienaar. after the Springboks defeated the All Blacks 15-12 after extra time at a full house at Ellis Park, Johannesburg.