Toulon turn to Laporte
The Springboks pose with the Tri-Nations silverware on this day in 2009 © Getty Images
Tries from scrum-half Fourie du Preez and centre Jean de Villiers and the combined kicking exploits of fly-half Morne Steyn and fullback Frans Steyn proved enough to carry the visitors to only their third southern hemisphere crown and first since 2004.
The Bledisloe Cup was donated by Lord Bledisloe, Governor of New Zealand, in 1931 and was to be contested annually by the two countries. It is the largest trophy in world rugby, standing at a metre tall on its base, and was crafted from silver by Walker and Hall of London.
Protestors had managed to cause the Springboks' tour game with Waikato to be abandoned but despite the flour covering the pitch the Test continued in Auckland. The protests were a culmination of some long-standing friction between the New Zealand public and the Springboks, including outrage at the All Blacks sending tours to South Africa minus Maori players.
A length-of-the-field try from winger Noah Cato and 14 points from the boot of fly-half Glen Jackson carried the 'home' side to victory in the first ever Premiership clash staged at the iconic London venue in front of a raucous record crowd for a Saracens home game of 44,832 fans.
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