RUGBY UNION - New Zealand have already won The Rugby Championship, but there are still players that are looking for individual honours on the final matchday of this southern hemisphere rugby competition. Bryan Habana and Cory Jane each scored a hat-trick of tries last weekend and are hoping to equal a competition record.
RUGBY UNION - Today, John Smit is 34 years old. The Springboks front row forward captained South Africa to the 2007 Rugby World Cup, returning the Webb Ellis Cup to the Rainbow Nation for the first time in eight years (South Africa relinquished the Cup in 1999). At the time of publication, Smit is his country’s leading cap taker with 111 international appearances for the Springboks.
Shares birthday with: Doris Day, Marlon Brando, Eddie Murphy
GENERAL - Today, 20 years ago, a referendum conducted among the population of South Africa saw a large majority making clear they were opposed to the apartheid policies that had segregated a people for more than 40 years. The creation of the Rainbow Nation under the leadership of President Nelson Mandela caused the international boycott on South Africa to be lifted. In 1995, the end of apartheid was celebrated when South Africa hosted and won the Rugby World Cup.