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Francois Pienaar lifts the World Cup for South Africa as Nelson Mandela cheers

Francois Pienaar lifts the World Cup for South Africa as Nelson Mandela cheers



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Francois Pienaar lifts the World Cup for South Africa as Nelson Mandela cheers

Rugby Union - 1995 World Cup Final - South Africa 15 New Zealand 12
Springbok captain Francois Pienaar lifts the Webb Ellis Cup, as South Africa President Nelson Mandela, left, cheers at Ellis Park, Johannesburg.
24/06/1995

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In this iconic photograph, taken during the 1995 Rugby World Cup Final, we witness a powerful moment that transcends sports. South African rugby captain Francois Pienaar is seen triumphantly lifting the Webb Ellis Cup high above his head, symbolizing victory and national pride. Standing beside him is none other than Nelson Mandela, the revered President of South Africa at the time. The image captures a historic occasion for both sport and society as it represents more than just a sporting achievement. It signifies unity and reconciliation in a country still healing from its apartheid past. Mandela's presence adds an extra layer of significance to this momentous event; his support for the Springboks was instrumental in fostering racial harmony within South Africa. Pienaar's determination and leadership on the field are evident through his triumphant expression as he hoists the trophy. Meanwhile, Mandela's beaming smile reflects his genuine joy and admiration for what this victory means to their nation. This photo serves as a reminder of how sports can transcend boundaries and bring people together in celebration of shared accomplishments. It encapsulates hope, resilience, and progress towards building a better future for all South Africans. Colorsport photographer Colin Elsey expertly captured this extraordinary scene with impeccable timing, freezing forever an unforgettable chapter in rugby history that will continue to inspire generations to come.

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