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Rugby World Cup: 19 years on

Today marks the anniversary of SA's historic win in the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

FILE: Nelson Mandela shakes hands with South African team members before the start of the rugby World Cup final at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on 24 June 1995. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Today marks exactly 19 years since South Africa beat New Zealand in the 1995 Rugby World Cup at Ellis Park.

It also marks 19 years since South African pilot Laurie Kay performed the famous Boeing 747 Classic flyover over the stadium.

The stunt was a well-kept surprise and energised the crowd as well as those watching at home before the Springboks went on to beat the All Blacks in extra time by a score of 15-12.

The underside of the plane featured "Good Luck Bokke" in a message of support.

About 100 minutes later, Joel Stransky would make the epic drop goal which would see the Springboks win their inaugural Rugby World Cup and former president Nelson Mandela holding the Web Ellis trophy.

The entire country stood proudly together on this day, just one year after the first democratic elections ended decades of white-minority rule.

Kay died last April aged 67 after suffering a heart attack.