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‘We are a special country’: South Africa hopes World Cup win can bring unity

Desmond Tutu: victory can boost ‘self-doubting nation’President Cyril Ramaphosa says win is ‘historic moment’South Africans continued to celebrate their Rugby World Cup triumph on Sunday, with many in the sometimes fractious and troubled nation echoing…

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‘It makes me hopeful for my country’: Springbok rugby fans celebrate

World victory in game that once symbolised apartheid brings unity to South African streetsThe crowd swelled as the game went on. From scores to hundreds to a thousand or more, young and old, men and women, all gathered in front of the big screen in the…

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South Africa’s epic World Cup final victory over England – in pictures

Our photographer Tom Jenkins captured all the drama from the touchline as an unstoppable and skilful South Africa won the Rugby World Cup final in Yokohama.Additional photography by Reuters Continue reading…

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Rugby World Cup: South Africa crowned champions as England fall short – video highlights

South Africa have won the Rugby World Cup in a stunning 32-12 victory over Eddie Jones’s England. The Springboks are champions for a third time after Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe added tries to Handré Pollard’s 22 kicked points. A strong performa…

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South Africans pin hopes on rugby win to lift gloom of troubled country

Many dream of the Springboks repeating success of 1995 World Cup to give nation a morale boostThe beers are on ice, the traditional spiced sausages bought, the barbecue coals stacked, and government advisories on the rules of the game circulated on soc…

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Chester Williams obituary

South African wing who was part of the Springbok team that won the Rugby World Club in 1995In 1994, one year after he had won his first cap for South Africa and become only the third non-white person to play rugby for the Springboks, Chester Williams, …

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Chester Williams obituary

South African wing who was part of the Springbok team that won the Rugby World Club in 1995In 1994, one year after he had won his first cap for South Africa and become only the third non-white person to play rugby for the Springboks, Chester Williams, …

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Wallabies shaken after front-rower Taniela Tupou mugged in South Africa

Teammates make ‘Tongan Thor’ back away from getaway car after phone robbery left player with minor cuts Taking on a 135kg Wallabies front-rower nicknamed the “Tongan Thor” on the street might seem like one of the worst ideas in the history of bad ideas…

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Ivory Coast off to winning start as Jonathan Kodjia sinks South Africa

• Ivory Coast 1-0 South Africa (Kodjia 65)• Aston Villa forward grabs winner in CairoThe Aston Villa forward Jonathan Kodjia scored the only goal of the game to give Ivory Coast a hard-fought 1-0 victory over South Africa in their Africa Cup of Nations…

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Ivory Coast v South Africa: Africa Cup of Nations 2019 – live!

Minute-by-minute updates on the action in Cairo‘Mandela brought pressure’: South Africa’s Afcon triumphAny thoughts? You can email John | tweet @johnbrewin_ 3.01pm BST South Africa in the Afcon will always bring back fond memories of 1996. Related: ‘M…

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‘Mandela brought extra pressure’: the story of South Africa’s Afcon triumph

Bafana Bafana had a president to please and rugby side to follow as 1996 Cup of Nations hosts, as this book extract tellsFor Clive Barker victory over Cameroon in South Africa’s opening game of the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations was a huge relief. Ever sin…

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‘Mandela brought extra pressure’: the story of South Africa’s Afcon triumph

Bafana Bafana had a president to please and rugby side to follow as 1996 Cup of Nations hosts, as this book extract tellsFor Clive Barker victory over Cameroon in South Africa’s opening game of the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations was a huge relief. Ever sin…

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‘Mandela brought extra pressure’: the story of South Africa’s Afcon triumph

Bafana Bafana had a president to please and rugby side to follow as 1996 Cup of Nations hosts, as this book extract tellsFor Clive Barker victory over Cameroon in South Africa’s opening game of the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations was a huge relief. Ever sin…

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Kevin Anderson: ‘One tennis player coming out might open the gates for others’

The world No 8 on his fierce campaigning streak, how he was shaped by apartheid – and tennis’s long road to equality‘I try not to get too political,” Kevin Anderson says as he winds down at the end of a rainy day at the National Tennis Centre. “But com…

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Is fair play in running more important than fairness to Caster Semenya as a human? | Gaby Hinsliff

All her life, the South African athlete has been portrayed as a freak. Her case is as much about ethics as about sport or scienceWhen she was a girl, growing up in rural South Africa, the runner Caster Semenya would sometimes face a humiliating ritual …

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Caster Semenya ruling ‘tramples on dignity’ of athletes, South Africa says

Olympian receives strong backing from South African government and fellow athletesSouth Africans have expressed widespread support for the double Olympic champion Caster Semenya, who will run her last 800m on Friday before the imposition of controversi…

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Phil Masinga: the South Africa striker who made Premier League history with Leeds | Ed Aarons

Phil Masinga, who has died at the age of 49, was the first black South African player to play in the Premier LeagueTwo decades later, Phil Masinga had not forgotten the advice Howard Wilkinson gave him on his first day at Leeds United, in the summer of…

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Phil Masinga: former Leeds United and South Africa striker dies aged 49

• Masinga played at Leeds United for two years• Striker won 58 caps for South AfricaThe former Leeds striker Phil Masinga has died at the age of 49, the club have announced.The South African played in the Premier League for the Yorkshire club for two y…

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South Africa aim to make history against Nigeria in women’s Afcon final | Aanu Adeoye

Perennial winners Nigeria face a challenge to their dominance from Desiree Ellis’s vibrant young South Africa side in Saturday’s final in Ghana“Last time we cried and really I don’t want us to do that again,” Cameroon’s assistant manager Bernadette Ano…

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Australia snap losing streak and level ODI series with South Africa

Australia 231 all out (48.3 overs); South Africa 224-9 Hosts win by sevens runs to set up series decider in HobartAustralian allrounder Marcus Stoinis helped engineer a seven-run win against South Africa to snap a one-day cricket losing streak. The Sou…