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11 April 2021 - 17:57

Today in SA sports history: April 12

1976 — SA Rugby Board president Dr Danie Craven says that if a “multinational” SA team — his term for a mixed race side — were to play, they would not wear the springbok badge because that was reserved for white teams. “The leaping springbok, registered by the SA Rugby Board, has been associated with whites since 1891 and is their traditional emblem. The proteas of the Coloured team and the leopard of the African team both have their own traditions and history ... If all races played with a springbok badge what would the whites wear when they play on their own?” he said in a Rand Daily Mail report. Craven was commenting on reports that rugby was the only of the major sports not wanting the springbok to worn by all race groups, and he was roundly criticised for his stance. Even the Springbok captain at the time, Morne du Plessis, disagreed with Craven, saying he could see no reason a side chosen on merit to represent SA should not wear the springbok emblem. Six months later, however, Craven was singing a different tune: “When the day dawns when there will only be mixed SA teams, and we, the coloureds and the blacks decide to have the Springbok as our emblem for such teams, we shall gladly share it with them.” His change of heart coincided with a warning by New Zealand prime minister Robert Muldoon to discourage sporting bodies from touring SA. The All Blacks had toured earlier in the year...

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