The 1981 Springbok Tour

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Resource 8: (The History of South African Rugby)
 In fact Rugby dominated the non-white sports scene in places like the Cape colony and the Eastern Cape in particular through to the late 1960s but rugby organisation (Western province coloured rugby union was founded in 1886 and the South African Coloured Rugby Board (SACRB) was founded in 1896) and teams were kept segregated with discrimination against black and coloured players and little government funding. In 1919 New Zealand toured South Africa, however, the SARFB stipulated that no players with Maori blood should be included in the side. An All Black of West Indian extraction, Ranji Wilson, was sent home as a result. The Springboks themselves went on tour to Australia and New Zealand in 1921. There were three tests played against New Zealand with NZ winning the first, SA winning the second and the forth drawn to tie the series. The All Blacks returned in 1928 and once again the series was drawn and once again the Maoris were left behind. In fact they were left out of the 1949 and 1960 sides too but objections were beginning to grow. After the 1981 Springbok tour of New Zealand, South Africa was banned by the International Rugby Board from international competition until such time as apartheid ended

Resource 9: (Hadlee, 1982)

the West Indies Board of Control advised the New Zealand Cricket Council that their team would not be welcome in 1982 - not for cricket reasons, but because a rugby tour by a multi-racial team of South Africans was taking place in New Zealand.

APPENDIX A:
Research Proposal
This Research Proposal is to be
• Checked by my teacher on: _______________________
• Fully completed and handed in on: ______________________

Define an area for historical research

|The event or place I intend to study is: | | | |I intend to study the Springbok tour of 1981, when the segregation act in South Africa, the apartheid was occurring. Many New Zealanders disagreed with the | |racism of the segregation of black and white players and rioted, storming the playing fields to stop the games and holding large protests. Rugby union fans | |held true to the idea of “no politics in sport” and just wanted to watch the sporting rivalry between the two countries. This was significant to many New | |Zealanders as it was highly reminiscent of the time when Maori players were forbidden from touring south Africa as well, which sparked the petition for “no | |Maori, no tour” which was ultimately unsuccessful but gained a lot of respect. | | | | | |What I expect to study to determine the importance of this event or place: | | | |I expect to study how the tour affected the race relations between New Zealand and South Africa to discover how significant the Springbok tour and resulting| |riots were to both countries. I also expect to study both the Gleneagles agreement and the Halt All Racist Tours protest groups as they both show how much | |the racism involved in rugby tours impacted on New Zealanders....
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