Manu Tuilagi smashes Tom Williams

Top14 player imposter!

JDV smashed by Benoit August

The Northampton Saints 30m scrum!

Bastareaud huge hit on Rory Lamont

All Blacks skills - Pt 2 In the backyard

Trinh-Duc sets up Harinordoquy try

Wales vs England 1999

Greg Holmes great hit on Francois Louw

Friday, July 24, 2009

Greatest Rugby Duel - Springboks vs All Blacks Parts 4-6

Today we have the next three parts of this fascinating documentary that looks into the history of the rivalry between two of the great rugby nations, South Africa and New Zealand.

In the first three parts we learnt about how the game was formed, and got into the 1956 Test series, leading up to prop Kevin Skinner dishing out what he could to sort out the intimidating Springbok back.

Part four continues where we left off, as it was the Boks who were now being dominated in the scrums for the first time. The tension between the front rows was intense, as we hear about the incidents between Skinner, Japie Bekker, and Tiny White.

Off the field, political tension was rife for many a year, as South Africa’s policies restricted playing with and against non-whites in their country. They met the NZ Maori side though on their tour, and the match was played as it should be.

Apartheid went on, and the tours to South Africa continued as normal, but without Maori players. In 1967 New Zealand made a stand, but were told they could not change the way it was.

In 1970 ‘honorary whites’ toured with New Zealand, including young Bryan Williams, who had a sensational tour. The ramifications of what was going on in rugby had far reaching affects, as Nelson Mandela himself talks about the situation from his point of view.

In 1981 the Springboks toured New Zealand under tumultuous conditions, including the famous Flour Bomb Test, which we’ll feature here on Rugbydump soon.

The Cavaliers was the next step in 1986, as sanctions were placed on South African sports teams, disallowing internationals to take place.

In 1995, after a new South Africa was formed, Mandela, and the whole of the country united to host the Rugby World Cup. The great man himself wore a Springbok jersey as he supported his team in the final against the old enemy, the All Blacks. South Africa won.

The great quest for supremecy continues to this day, and with such a rich history, the respect and fierce rivalry between the two sides is something that will surely last forever.

As well as thoughts on this documentary itself, what are your feelings about us sharing these type of clips? Would you like more of this type of thing occasionally?

Part 4
Part 5
Part 6



  • First!!! omg greatest moment of my life!!!

    By Anonymous The Schpoople Master, at July 25, 2009 1:16 pm  

  • Great documentary, brilliant to hear from the men who experienced it first hand.Its also good that the history of the fixture is shown in so much depth, along with the cultural importance of rugby in each country. Best of all, some fantastic rugby clips, many of which I had never seen before. Thanks RD, more in the future would be greatly appreciated.

    By Anonymous The Schpoople Master, at July 25, 2009 1:19 pm  

  • Awesome

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 25, 2009 2:50 pm  

  • Thanks RD - more please!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 25, 2009 2:55 pm  


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 25, 2009 2:56 pm  

  • as many documentaries as possible, rd!! fascinating stuff! a couple that come to mind are the irish doc 'Reaching for Glory' and the american doc 'Try, the Documentary.'

    By Blogger sacricketer, at July 25, 2009 3:37 pm  

  • As a neutral I love both these team because of the passion they wear the jumper with! More pls rd!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 25, 2009 4:19 pm  

  • Great stuff RD! A real eye-opener! Hope the Boks win today because they are my second best team after Scotland. I love the pride and passion they play with - they never seem to give up and they always up their game against the AB's. Good luck boks, with love from Scotland!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 25, 2009 4:22 pm  

  • It gave me shivers watching this, not because I'm a Bok or Black fan - but because I love rugby! Very impressive RD - keep it up!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 25, 2009 4:24 pm  

  • Parts 4-6 , no?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 25, 2009 9:56 pm  

  • Great stuff.

    Those Cavaliers, absolutely terrible. For the morons who bleat "Sport, not Politics": These were people's lives at stake. Politics isn't some vague theatre which floats harmlessly above society, it crucially affects people's lives. Young black men, such as Steve Biko, were dying for their resistance to an awful political system, for those in the rugby community to ignore that was simply dreadful. Some things are more important than the kick of a ball.

    By Anonymous Hugh, at July 25, 2009 10:11 pm  

  • Excellent! More like this, please.

    By Anonymous usakapusa, at July 26, 2009 7:04 pm  

  • Keep em documentaries coming!!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 27, 2009 4:51 am  

  • amazing documentary
    Thanks RD!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 27, 2009 6:34 am  

  • Meads is defiantly unapologetic.

    By Blogger Andy - Stinky, at July 27, 2009 1:59 pm  

  • greaaaaaaat!!!!!

    By Blogger handson, at July 27, 2009 7:27 pm  

  • Hugh said...

    "Young black men, such as Steve Biko, were dying for their resistance to an awful political system, for those in the rugby community to ignore that was simply dreadful."

    True. And something to think about

    But here is an interesting fact for you. And also to contemplate.

    More people - probably all of them young black men - died in police custody last year than in the year with the highest total during apartheid.

    By Blogger Wessel, at July 27, 2009 11:17 pm  

  • They must have cut the part where Nelson Mandela said;
    "and I knew, I just knew that NZ would choke in the final".

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 28, 2009 2:45 am  

  • This is excellent to watch, more docs please!
    greetz from Holland!

    By Blogger Jeroen, at July 30, 2009 8:38 pm  

  • absolutely, more!

    By Anonymous sean p, at July 31, 2009 1:33 am  

  • great great vid

    By Anonymous Cheis, at August 06, 2009 1:06 pm  

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