Blast from the past: Morne du Plessis leads Boks for the last ...


Blast from the past: Morne du Plessis leads Boks for the last time

Sports reporter

Today in SA sports history: November 8

1975 — The Unisa campus in Pretoria hosts the Mr Olympia bodybuilding competition, where Arnold Schwarzenegger wins his sixth straight crown. The Austrian Oak, as he was known, retired from competitive bodybuilding after that to follow what became a successful career in Hollywood movies.

1980 — Morne du Plessis leads the Springboks for the last time as they trounce France 37-15 in a one-off Test at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria. Du Plessis, who made his debut against Australia in 1971, had taken over the captaincy against France in 1975. Under his leadership the Boks won 13 of 15 Tests, including series triumphs against the All Blacks in 1976 and the British Lions in 1980. Mercurial winger Gerrie Germishuys, who scored seven tries in nine Tests that year, was one of SA’s five try-scorers against France, who dotted down only once. Legendary French fullback Serge Blanco made his international debut that day...

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