15 Jun 2023

NZ Sporting History: The 1981 Springbok Tour

From Afternoons, 2:25 pm on 15 June 2023

For NZ Sporting history today we look back at the 1981 Springbok Tour to Aotearoa.

New Zealand continued to play rugby against South Africa through the years of apartheid, and toured over there with a 'white only team'.  

Then in 1981 the Springbok team were welcomed onto our shores.

Keith Quinn was a TVNZ Rugby commentator for the tour, who put aside his anti-tour political views in order to do his job first and foremost as a commentator.

Keith joins Jesse to remember this significant piece of New Zealand Sporting History.

Apartheid rally during the South Africa tour of New Zealand 1981.

Photo: Photosport