Blasts from the past: Saffer gives Ireland Les Bleus

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Blasts from the past: Saffer gives Ireland Les Bleus

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Today in SA sports history: March 3

1990 — Capetonian Eric Melville, who made his first-team debut as a lock for the Villagers club in 1982, becomes the first naturalised Frenchman from SA to play rugby for France. He came on from the bench to play flank during France’s 31-12 victory over Ireland at Parc des Princes. He earned a total of six caps, two of them as eighthman. Melville’s regular teammates during his tenure at Villagers included Springboks eighthman Nick Mallett, scrumhalf Roy McCallum and prop Attie Strauss, as well as Springbok trialist Bossie Clarke.

2003 — The Proteas are eliminated from the World Cup on home soil after tying their must-win match against Sri Lanka in Durban. Batting first, the visitors made 268/9 with opener Marvan Atapattu making 124 from 129 balls and veteran Aravinda de Silva 73 from 78 deliveries. The target was revised to 230 from 45 overs because of rain. Needing one run off the final ball, bowled by Muttiah Muralitharan, Marc Boucher and Lance Klusener didn’t even attempt to run the single, and so SA ended on 229/6. That was the first World Cup where SA failed to reach the knockout stage...

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