oa South African Journal of Cultural History - Rugby en Afrikanernasionalisme gedurende die tweede wêreldoorlog

Volume 14, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1011-3053



Rugby in South Africa was chosen as a case study of how sport can be abused when persons or institutions with political agendas become involved. During World War n certain rugby administrators in the Western Cape Province, Griqualand West and the Eastern Cape contributed the gate-money of rugby matches to war funds. The gesture was, however, not supported by the majority of the rugby-loving Afrikaner people. This practice brought the question of nationalism and control over the game to the fore. World War II proved to be the catalyst for highlighting this interrelationship. For nearly four seasons (1942-45) this difference of opinion dominated every rugby discussion in South Africa. In the Western and Eastern Provinces rebel clubs broke away and formed their own unions. In the Western Province, for instance, the breakaway clubs formed the Wes-Kaaplandse Rugbybond (Western Cape Rugby Union).

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