n Journal for Contemporary History - The role of the English rebel cricket tour to South Africa 1989/1990, as a factor in the dismantling of apartheid in South African sport

Volume 27, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0258-2422
  • E-ISSN: 2415-0509



During the 1980s South African sport was involved in two separate international tours which had far-reaching effects for the boycott actions against apartheid in sport. The Springbok rugby tour to New Zealand in 1981 and the English cricket tour of South Africa during the 1989/90 season were in many ways very different, but have since been identified by many sports historians as the two most violent tours in the history of South African sport.

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