The name of this museum explains it all, EXPERIENCE and that is exactly what we did at the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum. We exercised, we scored tries and we were even asked questions by some of our favourite rugby players.
You really are taken on a historical journey from the beginning of rugby all the way up to modern times. Here are some interesting facts you might not know about rugby in South Africa:
- Paul Roos was the captain of the first South African team to tour the British Isles and France.
- The Springboks have been playing international rugby since 1891
- The Springboks did not compete in the first two World Cups in 1987 and 1991 because of anti-apartheid sporting boycotts of South Africa.
- The All Blacks first toured South Africa in 1928
- During the 1906-7 tour the nickname Springboks was first used.
- When rugby was first played in South Africa, there were no rules and teams only switched sides on the field when they scored a try.
We left feeling even more proudly South African after our experience and would definitely recommend taking a day to enjoy this educational museum.
The SA Rugby Museum is open from 10am to 6pm (every day except Christmas Day) with the last entry to the museum gallery being at 5:30pm.