Springbok tour ticket
25 Jul 1981
Ticket to the Saturday 25 July 1981 South Africa v. Waikato game at Rugby Park, Hamilton. 'Standing Room Only' (ground admission).
Note: the ticket reads 1980 but the match occured in 1981. Probably a printing mistake.
The Springbok's game against Waikato at Rugy Park in Hamilton on July 25 attracted some of the most intense clashes of the tour. Following escalating confrontations between anti and pro-tour protestors and the police, reports that a plane stolen from Taupo was headed toward the match finally convinced authorities to abandon the game. News of the cancellation made international headlines and reach imprisoned anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela. Desmond Tutu, a prominent colleague in the struggle for equal rights, reported Mandela saying that upon hearing about this stand against apartheid "it was as if the sun came out".
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