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In a nation bitterly divided by apartheid, Mandela used the game to foster shared national pride

President Nelson Mandela orchestrated a show of unity in one of the world’s most bitterly divided nations, using the slogan “One Team, One Country.”

President Mandela saw rugby as a way to help lessen divisions between Black and white South Africans and foster a shared national pride.

 Mandela’s efforts to use rugby to bring together a new nation struggling to heal its old wounds became one of his signal achievements as president of South Africa—and a sign of what could be done for good through the power of sport

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