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On this day in South African sports history – 25 July

There was upheaval on this day in South African sports history, 25 July marked a massive intersection of sport and politics in our country.

Globally there were many significant events in the world of sports and wider society. It is famously the day when British Admiral Horatio Nelson lost 300 troops and his right arm. Nelson gives his name to the cricket score 111, legend has it because he had one eye, one arm and one. . . ask your mother.

On this day – 25 July

1964 – France beat the Springboks 8-6 in the first of just two Test matches played at the Pam Brink Stadium in Springs.

1970 – The Springboks beat the All Blacks 17-6 in the first Test match of a bilateral series in Pretoria.

1981 – Anti-apartheid protesters in Hamilton, New Zealand, forced the abandonment of the Test between the All Blacks and the Springboks by invading the pitch during the game. It would be the last time the Springboks played in New Zealand until 1994.

1992 – The Barcelona Olympic Games of 1992 officially got underway with South Africa allowed back into the fold for the first time since 1960. Marathon runner Jan Tau carried the flag during the ceremony.

1998 – The Springboks beat New Zealand 13-3 in the 50th Test match between the two countries. The match formed part of the 1998 Tri-Nations, which the Springboks won under the guidance of coach Nick Mallett.

2014 – South Africa claim silver in the 4×100 metre relay at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow led by Leith Shankland and Chad Le Clos.

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Silver medallists Chad le Clos, Roland Schoeman, Leith Shankland and Caydon Muller of South Africa pose after the Men’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay Final at Tollcross International Swimming Centre during day two of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 25, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

2015 – The Proteas and Bangladesh play out a rain-hit draw in their first Test at Chattogram. It was the first time the Tigers had avoided defeat facing South Africa in a Test match. Bangladesh had lost all eight Test matches played against the Proteas before, losing seven of them by an innings.

On this day in SA sports history 24 July.

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