Story: Sport and the nation

'Don't mention the tour'

'Don't mention the tour'

The presence of the South African Springbok rugby team in New Zealand in the winter of 1981 sparked a fierce national debate and protest within New Zealand. This cartoon suggests the strength of the feelings on both sides.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: B-144-109
Cartoon by Eric Heath

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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'Sport and the nation - Sport and national debate, 1970 to 1990', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 December 2021)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 5 Sep 2013