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OPINION: Where were you in June 1995?

"Where were you?" Seminal events can always be gauged by way of that question.

Where were you when JFK was shot?

Where were you when Nelson Mandela became a free man?

Where were you when Joel Stransky won South Africa the 1995 Rugby World Cup?

Os du Randt. Chris Rossouw. Balie Swart. Kobus Wiese. Hannes Strydom. Francois Pienaar. Ruben Kruger. Mark Andrews. Josst van der Westhuizen. Joel Stransky. Chester Williams. Hennie le Roux. Japie Mulder. James Small. Andre Joubert.

Ask most sports-loving South Africans older than 30 what the above list represents, and you're guaranteed to get the correct answer. In fact, even those that aren't too clued up on sport will be able to tell you. The list, of course, is the Springbok starting XV that took on New Zealand in the 1995 Rugby World Cup final, and won. Fifteen men who became cult heroes overnight, immediately recognisable wherever they went.

The story reads like a Hollywood script, so much so, that it actually became one. Clint Eastwood converting Invictus author John Carlin's words into pictures, telling the tale of how a team unified a country through sport, helped in no small part by then President Mandela.

Twenty years on, and the tournament has lost none of its lustre. From PJ Power's stirring rendition of World in Union during the opening ceremony, to Francois Pienaar's lifting aloft of the Webb Ellis Cup alongside a Springbok jersey-clad President Mandela, the 1995 Rugby World Cup has stood the test of time.

I was 14 back then, and while I certainly enjoyed rugby prior to the first match against Australia at Newlands, once kick-off came and went, I had truly fallen in love with the sport.

It's far too easy to compare the highs of those days to some of the lows we've experienced since, but no team is invincible and a degree of failure is always inevitable.

I wrote a piece ahead of the 2015 Cricket World Cup earlier this year, where I called on readers to forget the heartbreaks of the Proteas' previous tournaments, and rather remember how special their debut in the competition was back in 1992. While Kepler Wessels's men didn't win, they got further than expected, and South Africans loved them for it.

Francois Pienaar's class of '95 did win, setting the bar high for every Springbok team that has since competed at a World Cup, and only John Smit's 2007 troops managed to replicate the feat.

As part of the 20-year anniversary celebrations, the surviving members of the 1995 team gathered at Ellis Park to watch a replay of the final against the All Blacks. While many South Africans can recount every single minute of that clash, having witnessed it on countless occasions, Mark Andrews was watching it for the very first time.

The Bok lock was famously moved to eighth man for the semi-final against France and final against New Zealand, and admits that the experience left a bitter taste in his mouth, in that he believed he played poorly in a position he wasn't comfortable with. He attempted to watch it a few months ago with his young children, but says that they simply weren't interested.

That said, his son returned home from school last week, and asked Andrews: "Dad, did you really win the Rugby World Cup?"

"Yes, why?" Andrews replied.

"Well, a boy at school asked me if it was true, and I said yes, but he didn't believe me."

Andrews may have kept a fairly low profile since his retirement from rugby, but 24 June 2015 catapulted him and his teammates back into the limelight, as South Africans reminisced about their heroics from twenty years earlier. And rightly so.

His son's friend may not have known who Andrews was a few days ago, but he certainly does now, and hopefully twenty years from now we can ask him: "Where were you, when the Springboks won the 2015 Rugby World Cup?"

Derek Alberts is a sports anchor at Eyewitness News . Follow him on Twitter: @derekalberts1