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  Rugby World Cup history
History of the World Cup
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South African president Nelson Mandela presented the trophy 1995
South Africa won one of the most famous finals of any sporting event in recent years in a famous match against New Zealand 15-12.

In the years before the tournament South Africa had been ruled by white people under a system called apartheid which meant they had lots of privileges not available to black people.

During that time South Africa were banned from playing lots of international sports, and the World Cup was one of the first events they played in after apartheid ended.

The final was famous because Nelson Mandela - the first black president of South Africa - presented the trophy to captain Francois Pienaar.

Mandela wore a South Africa rugby shirt at the final, and the victory was big first step in helping white and black people in South Africa live together in peace.


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