- Date: 16 October 2015 Venue: Joostenberg Manor House Cost: R200 pp – excluding wine Dinner: Dinner included, delicious organic wine for sale Time: 19h00
The First World Champions:
The Untold Story of the 1937 Springboks in New Zealand
Late in 2011, I stumbled across a story in an old Long Street bookstore about an obscure Springbok rugby tour to New Zealand back in 1937. The success of the team, and the few anecdotes I could initially unearth, inspired in me a spark of interest and a thirst for more knowledge about what was a poorly documented tour. As I tracked down more and more information on the tour, I became increasingly attached its characters and the remarkable lives many of them lived. There then came a moment when it dawned on me that the collection of anecdotes surrounding this largely unknown story had a deeper gravitas and relevance. I simply could not believe, as a South African interested in both history and rugby, that I had not heard this story; so I made the bold decision to tell it.
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Michael Charton is an authority and an inspiration. His commanding presence will have you enthralled. He speaks about the 1937 Springboks with a pace and passion that makes you feel like you were one of the green and gold. Never have I felt so proudly patriotic as I did listening to Michael; joyfully reliving one of the greatest ever rugby contests played out before I was even alive.
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