13 July 2015 | Catherine Beg
Former President Nelson Mandela presented the William Webb Ellis Cup to South African captain, Francois Pienaar after the Springboks beat the All Blacks in the 1995 Rugby World Cup final. This is said to be one of the most iconic moments in the history of the sport.
The Springbok Experience Rugby Museum is accurately said to be “where rugby comes alive”. And visitors can experience the passion at the V&A Waterfront, home to the official rugby museum of the South African Rugby Union.
Nominated for an international award in 2014, the museum is technology-driven. From a series of listening and touch-screen devices to fun interactive games that test your rugby skills and fitness levels.
Together with iconic finds, such as rugby jerseys, trophies and even a good luck charm, the audio-visual elements help tell the story of the game, from the 1800s to present day.
Look out for similar signage when you hop off at the V&A Waterfront
A ‘Wall of Fame’ leads you to the entrance of the museum
A digital copy of The Official Springbok Opus allows you to flip through the book with the touch of a button. The Captains’ Edition weighs in at 35kg and can be seen in a special glass casing
Climbing the stairs, you’ll see a collage of photos taken over the years – from players to fans
The story of the game starts in the 1800s and continues to present day
The museum acknowledges the political landscape of the country and the impact it had on the game in South Africa and worldwide
Twenty years ago, South Africa hosted the Rugby World Cup and were crowned champions. Memorabilia of that day are among the most popular items at the museum
This interaction hub allows you to listen to old radio commentary, and learn about players and their positions
Kids get a chance to be interviewed by some of their green and gold heroes in an innovative new way
Young and old, fit and not-so-fit, can test their rugby skills (passing, kicking and reaction time) and fitness levels at the ‘Springbok Trials’
As the boys in green and gold get ready to take on Australia and New Zealand in the Castle Lager Championship – on 18 July and 25 July, respectively – why not hop off at the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum and join the team, virtually?
The museum is open from 10am to 6pm every day, except on Christmas Day.
For information about ticket prices and bookings, call 021 418 4741.