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WATCH: Mandela Bodyguard Claims All Blacks Deliberately Poisoned Before 1995 World Cup Final

  • Rory Steyn – chief bodyguard to President Nelson Mandela – believes betting syndicates were behind the poisoning
  • Mr Steyn said there was a huge degree of paranoia within the All Blacks camp, which escalated after the semifinal win over England in Cape Town
  • The team travelled back to Johannesburg and it was decided among management that they would eat separately to the rest of their hotel’s guests in the week leading up to the final
A commonly held belief involving the All Blacks at the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa appears to have been confirmed by a former bodyguard to President Nelson Mandela.

A former South African police commander attached to the New Zealand Rugby squad security detail during the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa has spoken of his affirmation that the All Blacks were deliberately poisoned two days before the tournament final against the Springboks.

Rory Steyn, currently in New Zealand on a speaking tour about his time as Nelson Mandela’s chief bodyguard, believes that betting syndicates were responsible for the poisoning.



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“On the Thursday [June 22] before the final, which was on Saturday [June 24], they were poisoned. About two-thirds of the squad got very sick, properly sick,” he said.

“I believe it was the water that was got at, because the food that was served at lunch time … was chicken burgers and hamburgers.”

He said some who ate chicken were sick and some who ate beef were sick.

“I don’t think it was the food, I think it was the coffee and the tea and possibly even the drinking water.”

Mr Steyn said he didn’t think anyone involved with South African rugby played a part in the poisoning but that money and betting syndicates were behind the plot.