South Africa: The New Ball Game

The New Ball Game

Of all the sanctions aimed at South Africa, none have upset the white population more than the country's isolation from international sports events, especially rugby, the national sport. In a bid to return to global competition, two leaders of the white-administered South African Rugby Board last week struck an unprecedented deal with the anti-apartheid black Rugby Union and the outlawed African National Congress. The parties urged the formation of a single rugby association that could field an integrated team for foreign tournaments.

Right-wingers attacked Danie Craven, head of the Rugby Board, for meeting with A.N.C. leaders. State President P.W. Botha also...

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