Rugby unites, Kiwi's protest the 1981 tour of the Boks during South Africa's apartheid era

Springbok Tour Protest on Church Steps The Nelson Mail Collection

Over 60 years of rugby with South Africa Culminates in street warfare in New Zealand, final test, Auckland, 1981. But for their ideas, they are indistinguishable. John Selkirk

Over 60 years of rugby with South Africa Culminates in street warfare in New Zealand, final test, Auckland, But for their ideas, they are indistinguishable.

Marti Friedlander - Auckland Art Gallery

Springbok Tour, Marlborough St 1981 by Marti Friedlander

1981 Springbok Tour. New Zealand Police chase protesters up Onslow Rd outside Eden Park, Auckland. Image John Selkirk

New Zealand Police chase protesters up Onslow Rd outside Eden Park, Auckland.

"Boks Go Home" Signs and flags were shown around the streets, trying to shame the Bok's for Practicing apartheid.

"Boks Go Home" Signs and flags were shown around the streets, trying to shame the Bok's for Practicing apartheid.

Lancaster Park was the scene for protests during the 1981 Springbok tour. Christchurch, New Zealand

Before the RWC, each series between NZ and South Africa was for the mythical world championship.

1981 Springbok Tour. Around Eden Park 4th Test Image Peter Nicoll

Around Eden Park Test Image Peter Nicoll

The protesters that stormed the Hamilton field erected a Christian cross, but the rugby fans took it down in anger.

The protesters that stormed the Hamilton field erected a Christian cross, but the rugby fans took it down in anger.

A lone protester faces a line of police.

1981 New Zealand Riot Police during the Springbok Tour

Ans Westra  British Lions v All Blacks, Athletic Park, Wellington , 1971 Silver gelatin print 190 x 192 mm  _______

Ans Westra British Lions v All Blacks, Athletic Park, Wellington , 1971 Silver gelatin print 190 x 192 mm _______

The All Blacks tend to one of their own players who had been hit by a flour bomb at Eden Park.

The All Blacks tend to one of their own players who had been hit by a flour bomb at Eden Park.

"Unite Against racism" can be seen on a protesters sign/shield, at this point in the tour, protesters had to protect them selves against police and rugby supporters.

"Unite Against racism" can be seen on a protesters sign/shield, at this point in the tour, protesters had to protect them selves against police and rugby supporters.

Robert Muldoon (pictured in 1981) rode to power on an election pledge to allow sporting contact with South Africa.

Robert Muldoon (pictured in rode to power on an election pledge to allow sporting contact with South Africa.

The cartoonist who created Footrot Flats Murray Ball did a cartoon about the Minister of Police and his "support of Apartheid in Africa".

The cartoonist who created Footrot Flats Murray Ball did a cartoon about the Minister of Police and his "support of Apartheid in Africa".

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