24 June 1995. Ellis Park in Johannesburg.
The Springboks versus The All Blacks in the Rugby World Cup final. Nelson Mandela steps onto the pitch wearing a Springboks shirt and, before a global audience of millions, a new country is born.
This book tells the incredible story of MandelaÂ’s journey to that moment. As the day of the final of the 1995 Rugby World Cup dawned, and the Springboks faced New ZealandÂ’s all-conquering All Blacks, more was at stake than a sporting trophy.
When Nelson Mandela appeared wearing a Springboks jersey and led the all-white Afrikaner-dominated team in singing South AfricaÂ’s new national anthem, he conquered white South Africa.
Â”Playing the EnemyÂ” tells the extraordinary human story of how that moment became possible. It shows how a sport, once the preserve of South AfricaÂ’s Afrikaans-speaking minority, came to unify the new rainbow nation, and tells of how - just occasionally - something as simple as a game really can help people to rise above themselves and see beyond their differences.
Readers of Â“The Long Walk to FreedomÂ” by Nelson Mandela, Â“Fever PitchÂ” by Nick Hornby, Â“The Damned UnitedÂ” by David Peace; and rugby fans are those who read.
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