Rassie Erasmus, the South Africa head coach, holds aloft the Webb Ellis Cup after their victory over England in the World Cup Final in  Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

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South Africa’s president Nelson Mandela handing the William Webb trophy  to  South Africa’s captain Francois Pienaar  in Johannesburg  in 1995. Photograph: Jean-Pierre Muller/AFP via Getty Images

It will forever remain the single most iconic image in the history of Rugby World Cups and, perhaps, the game itself. Nelson Mandela handing over the (...)

Chester Williams of South Africa breaks away from Felipe Contepomi of Argentina  during a Test match in Buenos Aires on November 12th, 2000. Photograph: Fabian Gredillas/AFP/Getty Images

Chester Williams Born: August 8th, 1970 Died: September 6th, 2019 In 1994, one year after he had won his first cap for South Africa and become only t(...)

New Zealand’s Sam Whitelock on the charge during the 2019 Rugby Championship draw with South Africa  in Wellington. Photograph:  Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images

For two tournaments in the 1990s the World Cup opened with the sound of thunder. The meeting of the hosts and the holders was becoming a tradition whe(...)

 Chester Williams of South Africa  during their 1995 Rugby World Cup quarter-final match against Western Samoa in Johannesburg.  File photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

The iconic picture from the 1995 World Cup final of Nelson Mandela presenting Francois Pienaar with the William Webb Ellis trophy gifted rugby and Sou(...)

Rugby’s uncanny knack to organise a singalong brought a boozy, knees up atmosphere to Twickenham. With 82,000 fans breaking into ‘Sweet Caroline’ and (...)

Chester Williams scored four tries in South Africa’s 42-14 1995 quarter-final win over Western Samoa. Photograph: Getty

The 1995 Rugby World Cup is remembered not only for of the rugby but also because of what it symbolised for a post-Apartheid South Africa. Indeed, th(...)

Keith Wood dives to score his third of four tries in Ireland’s win over the USA in the 1999 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Inpho

Jonah Lomu, Bryan Habana, Chester Williams, Marc Ellis, Chris Latham and Keith Wood - what do they all have in common? Well, they’ve all scored four t(...)

Canada captain Gareth Rees trudges off after being shown a red card during Canada’s 20-0 loss to South Africa at the 1995 World Cup. Photograph: Getty

Hosts South Africa were at the heart of most of the 1995 World Cup’s greatest moments, as they rose to the top of the world and united a nation. But w(...)