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Podcast: Former Springbok Mark Andrews Remembers How Winning the 1995 Rugby World Cup Changed His Life

South Africa's Rugby Legends“It changed my life in huge ways.”

These are the words of former Springbok rugby player Mark Andrews in an interview with Stephen Grootes on what it meant to win the Rugby World Cup in 1995.

Grootes asks: “The World Cup that you won, the 1995 World Cup, it was for South Africa about a lot more than just rugby. Do you think that that’s maybe made it harder for people playing for the Boks now, that there’s pressure on them that isn’t on other rugby players simply because of that particular history?”

Andrews replies: “You know what, I think probably 10 years ago that would’ve been true. The guys who are playing in the World Cup now, some of them were probably one or two years old in ’95, so it’s what they hear their parents talk about but it isn’t so real to them.”

For an insightful history of past Springbok players, have a look at South Africa’s Rugby Legends: The Amateur Years by Chris Schoeman.

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