SI.com asked several current and retired SI writers to offer reflections on the best team they ever covered as sports journalists. Here's Ian Thomsen on the 1995 Rugby World Cup Champions, South Africa: I knew little about the sport when my boss at the International Herald Tribune, John Vinocur, said he wanted me to cover the month-long Rugby World Cup in 1995. Of the 65,000 people who would attend the championship final in Johannesburg, roughly 64,999 would know more about the game than me. But the game was only part of the larger story: This tournament would restore South Africa to the world stage after decades of isolation created by apartheid. That's why I think of the champion Springboks as the best and most important team I've ever covered.
Organizers of the 2010 World Cup hoped the soccer tournament could provide a catalyst for a "re-branding" of South Africa, and arguably there is no group within the Rainbow Nation that needs this makeover more than the Afrikaner community.
As another Oscar season kicks into gear, Clint Eastwood returns with his annual contribution to Hollywood's self-esteem, in this case a solidly uplifting historical drama about President Nelson Mandela and South Africa's bid to win the Rugby World Cup in 1995.
Six Nations winners Ireland ended the year unbeaten after defeating world rugby champions South Africa 15-10 in Dublin on Saturday thanks to an assured kicking performance from newcomer Jonathan Sexton.
Springboks captain John Smit has told a press conference that he is not getting carried away with South Africa's good start to the Tri-Nations championship and insists his side "haven't really done anything yet" ahead of Saturday's clash with Australia in Cape Town.
South African rugby captain John Smit has told CNN that he believes his side are not a dirty team, and there has been too much "whining" following last Saturday's controversial 28-25 second Test victory in Pretoria -- a result that secured the Test series ahead of this weekend's final match in Johannesburg.
South Africa's Schalk Burger has been handed an eight-week suspension after he was found guilty of eye-gouging in the Springboks' dramatic 28-25 victory over the British and Irish Lions in Pretoria on Saturday.