Story: Sport and the nation

Tear-gassed All Blacks, 1976

Tear-gassed All Blacks, 1976

All Black Ian Kirkpatrick recovers after being caught in a tear-gas attack in Cape Town in September 1976. The All Blacks were touring South Africa at a time of major civil disruption, particularly in the Soweto district of Johannesburg. New Zealand's continuing sporting contacts with apartheid South Africa, and the presence of New Zealand rugby players there, triggered a boycott of the 1976 Montreal Olympics by many African nations.

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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