competitiveness among Springboks (South Africa) and the All Blacks (New
Zealand) remains to be toughest test matches between the two rugby nations.
Besides the history of intense rivalry spread into a custom of hospitality
regarding the visiting side. In 1981, New Zealand was divided among tour
supporters “who said sport and politics shouldn’t mix” (Stewart, 2015).
Wherein, some supporters believed the Springbok should be removed “from the
sporting world till apartheid ended” (Stewart, 2015).
was split for 56 days during the demonstrations which happened to be the
biggest civil disturbance viewed since the 1951 waterfront disagreement. The
violence shown had “150,000 people took part in over 200 demonstrations in 28
centers, and 1500 were charged with offenses” (NZHistory, 2014) for
significance of the Springbok tour had some “linking racial discrimination
against Maori to apartheid in South Africa” (Meredith, n.d.). Therefore, the demonstrations
during the tournaments understood to be New Zealand’s worst violence witnessed.
Hence, it has educated New Zealander’s regarding non-violent protests.