Battle of the Giants: SA v NZ, Part 5
It is a rivalry that has been going on for the best part of a century, this is Part Five in the Battle of the Giants – the role of Apartheid.
In this episode we look at what effect that Apartheid system in South Africa played on this great rivalry and how one BG Williams help pressure the government.
When the proclamation was made that Maoris and non-whites would not be welcome in South Africa the New Zealanders accepted it so important was the
greatest rivalry between the two teams.
However, it was not long before the All Blacks questioned this policy and its influence in sport. In 1967 New Zealand stood up against the non-white rule.
A few years later, in 1970, the All Blacks brought with them four 'honorary whites' with them BG Williams of Samoan descent who came across with the intention to show that non-whites could contend with the worlds best.
Unrest in New Zealand became evident when the Springboks toured the All Blacks with tent ion spilling over in the streets and stands.
The Boks had to be ushered into the grounds under heavy protection which lead to pressure being applied back home and showed that sport has a say on governmental policy.