The South African Rugby Football Union was formally established with the merging of the non-racial South African Rugby Union and the white-only South African Rugby Board on this day in rugby history in 1992.
The merger was signed at the Kimberley Sun Hotel. Kimberley was selected as the host city because it was the founding city of both the South Africa Rugby Football Board in 1889 and the South Africa Coloured Rugby Board in 1896.
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The move was the start of the rugby transition to the post apartheid South Africa. The International Rugby Football Board, known today as the IRB, re-admitted the non-racial South Africa to international rugby the same year. And the country was ultimately selected to host the 1995 Rugby World Cup which they went on to win.
In 2005 the unified body changed its name to the South African Rugby Union (SARU).
1979 - Donncha O'Callaghan, Irish International rugby player