President Nelson Mandela donned a shirt of the Springboks, the story ended up in a book and was turned into a movie with Morgan Freeman. It was a very good publicity-move, for rugby is very, very important in South Africa. And why not use it for your own political aims?
In 1974 the political aims were very different. Apartheid was alive and kicking. Many countries in the world avoided the country. But the white people in South Africa thought that the Springboks were the strongest team in the world. Then the lions came to town. The Lions were the selection of Britain. They came to South Africa and defeated the Springboks 21 times out of 22 matches. South Africans cheered: black and coloured people.
A book has been written about the slaughter by the lions. Here you find an excerpt.