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Crossing The White Line - The 1969/70 Springboks Tour Of Britain And Ireland (Paperback) Loot Price: R256
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Crossing The White Line - The 1969/70 Springboks Tour Of Britain And Ireland (Paperback): Chris Schoeman

Crossing The White Line - The 1969/70 Springboks Tour Of Britain And Ireland (Paperback)

Chris Schoeman; Foreword by Chris Laidlaw

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2019 and 2020 mark the fiftieth anniversary of the controversial 1969/70 Springbok rugby tour of the British Isles - a landmark event on both a sporting and political level. Taking place during the time of South Africa's apartheid dispensation, the tour was characterised throughout by violent demonstrations against the 'ambassadors of apartheid'. Scenes of chanting demonstrators at the players' hotels and airports were not uncommon, nor was the sight of protesters being dragged off the field of play by police. Smoke bombs and flour bombs also became a match-day fixture.

These were wild and unnerving times for the players on tour, whose movements were badly inhibited and who had to play hide-and-seek to avoid possible violence between games of rugby. During a demanding tour that lasted more than three months and took them to and fro between England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, they endeavoured to sustain a proud tradition of highly successful Springbok tours through the Isles.

Through personal interviews with the players, including team captain Dawie de Villiers, vice-captain Tommy Bedford and other senior members of the squad, as well as key figures such as anti-apartheid campaigner Peter Hain, Crossing the White Line takes readers into the inner circle of a besieged group of sportsmen who just wanted to play rugby despite concerted efforts to deny them. The author also looks at the political context of events, and why so many felt that disrupting the tour was a matter of moral and political necessity.

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Imprint: Amberley Publishing
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: May 2020
Authors: Chris Schoeman
Foreword by: Chris Laidlaw
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 15mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 288
ISBN-13: 978-1-4456-9534-1
Categories: Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political activism > General
Books > Sport & Leisure > Sports & outdoor recreation > Sporting events, tours & organisations > Sports teams & clubs
Books > Sport & Leisure > Sports & outdoor recreation > Ball games > Rugby football > Rugby Union
LSN: 1-4456-9534-0
Barcode: 9781445695341

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