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On this day in South African sports history – 24 July

On this day 24 July, one of South Africa’s most successful footballers completed a transfer to La Liga in Spain in 1999.

Just after the war, a tour to England produced a sparkling series for one of the South African batsmen, and we also remember the influence of politics on SA sport.

On this day – 24 July

1947 – Alan Melville brought up his hundred at Lord’s on 24 July 1947, it was his fourth century in successive Test innings, all against England, spread over eight years.

1971 Rand Daily Mail explains that ‘Black’ and ‘White’ South Africans might compete against each other in an “open international” meeting, though they may not be members of the same team. Sports organisers intending to stage “open international” meetings have to apply for Government approval. Mixed South African teams would be allowed only for the Olympic Games, the Davis Cup and the Federation Cup tennis competitions

1976 – The Springboks beat the All Blacks 16-7 in the first Test of New Zealand’s 1976 tour to South Africa at Kings Park in Durban. South Africa went on to win the series 3-1. Gerrie Germishuys scored a memorable try in the left corner in the 50th minute of the clash.

1999 – Benni McCarthy signs a contract worth R38.5-million to play for the Spanish club Celta Vigo. Celta paid €6-million to Ajax Amsterdam to secure the services of the striker. From Celta he would move to Porto where he would win the Champions League under Jose Mourinho.

1999 – Ray White is elected for a second term as president of the SA United Cricket Board (UCB) on this day. The governing body would later become Cricket South Africa.

2004 – The All Blacks earned a narrow 23-21 win over the Springboks in an epic Tri-Nations match at Jade Stadium in Christchurch. South Africa hadn’t won in New Zealand since 1998 at that point and the match in Christchurch would be the closest they would come until their 2008 triumph at Carisbrook.

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CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND – JULY 24: Springbok captain John Smit talks to his team mates during the Tri Nations international rugby union test match between New Zealand and South Africa on July 24, 2004 at Jade Stadium in Christchurch, New Zealand. The All Black’s won the match 23-21. (Photo by Nigel Marple/Getty Images)

2010 Australia inflicted a 30-13 defeat on the Springboks at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. The win was the second in a sequence of four successive home matches the Wallabies won against the Springboks.

On this day 23 July.

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