'95 Springbok team reminisce the World Cup final

The 1995 World Cup winning Springbok team have gathered in celebration at Ellis Park Stadium.

South African captain Francois Pienaar (left) brandishes the Rugby World Cup and salutes the crowd with teammate Hannes Strydom (right) after the 1995 Rugby World Cup final match between South Africa and New Zealand at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg on 24 June 1995. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The World Cup winning Springbok team have gathered in celebration at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, 20 years to the day since their famous 15-12 victory over the All Blacks.

Captain Francois Pienaar, star wing Chester Williams and Joel Stransky who kicked all of the points in that final, have posed for a team photo along with former scrumhalf Joost van der Westhuizen, who continues his battle with motor neuron disease.

The class of '95 are back at the stadium where the memorable final against the mighty All Blacks took place, to reflect on the match that made history.

The Springbok class of 1995. The Rugby World Cup winners. Picture: Morena Mothupi/EWN.

Today marks 20 years since the day the Springboks beat New Zealand 15-12 in front of 60,000 fans, thanks to the iconic drop goal from flyhalf Stransky.

Some of the players have spoken about the goose bumps they felt as they walked onto the field again, recalling the moments they shared in that final.

Pienaar, who led the side that day, is dressed in the green Springbok jersey.

He sat front and centre as the team took their group photo, with the message 'still one team, still one country' below.


Current springbok captain Jean de Villiers has told Eyewitness News he still battles to describe his emotions during South Africa's 1995 rugby World Cup victory.

De Villiers, who was just 14 at the time, watched the match in his family home while his father attended the game in Johannesburg.

He says he'll cherish the memories forever.

"It was so unreal, there was so much joy, laughter and happiness. People were running around, cars were not moving. It was 20 years ago but I remember it like it was yesterday and it changed this country."


At the same time, Pienaar has been sharing his memories of the iconic final against.

The 1995 Bok captain has described the incredible range of emotions he felt today by walking onto the field with his teammates, 20 years after lifting the Webb Ellis Trophy.

He says that final united South Africans.

"What happened 20 years ago made this country stand up for the first time, we became a nation for the first time."

Pienaar says if it wasn't for the late former president Nelson Mandela's presence at that final, things would have been different today.

The team are reliving the match as the game is being broadcast this afternoon.

WATCH: Late former president Nelson Mandela celebrating with the 1995 Springbok team.