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In 1981 the Springboks came to New Zealand and it was a tour that split the nation. South Africa was still running the apartheid political system which was seen by most of the rest of the world as morally reprehensi­ble.

Most countries refused to play any sport against South African teams as a result as they didn't want to be seen to be supporting it.

But the New Zealand Rugby Union, despite being urged by countries around the world not to, extended an invitation for the Springboks to tour in 1981.

After the cancelled test in Hamilton, protestors tried to force the last test at Eden Park to be abandoned.

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