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Francois Pienaar
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    His goes by his middle name, which is more difficult to pronounce (it is pronounced as ‘Francewarr’).
    He was dropped by the Springboks after the coach accused him of feigning an injury during a match.
    He is the most citied player of the Springboks for them winning the World Cup final, but it was Joel Stransky who kicked the drop goal that they needed to win.
    He only played 29 international test matches with the Springboks.
    Nelson Mandela felt that he could lead the team to victory at the rugby World Cup abd uplift the spirits of the South African people and unite them at the end of apartheid.
    At the time, South Africa ranked ninth in the world and was not expected to win against the Australian Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks.
    Pienaar lead the Springboks to victory over the top ranked teams and went on to win the World Cup in one of the most amazing events in the history of sport.
    The image of Pienaar accepting the World Cup from Mandela is a symbol of reconciliation to black and white South Africans.
    He and Mandela developed a strong relationship and Mandela is his son's godfather.
    Mandela wrote 'It was under Francois Pienaar's inspiring leadership that rugby became the pride of the entire county. Francois brought the nation together.'
    He was ranked 50th on television's Greatest South Africans (2004).
    He won an athletic scholarship to Rand Afrikaans University.
    He and Matt Damon participated in a tandem bicycle race through Cape Town.
    He said 'If we had that sense of forgiveness in our hearts and in our minds, we will move forward.'
    He was added into the International Rugby Hall of Fame (2005).

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