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WATCH | The Springboks won the World Cup 25 years ago today with this stunning drop-goal

This was the greatest occasion of the first four World Cups.

Joel Stransky kicked a drop goal in extra time to steer South Africa to a 15-12 victory over the All Blacks in the Rugby World Cup final at Johannesburg.

Under coach Laurie Mains, the All Blacks had steamrolled their opposition throughout the tournament, unleashing Tonga powerhouse Jonah Lomu on unsuspecting opponents.

But when they came up against the Springboks in the final, they also faced history, with the previously divided nation now united behind President Nelson Mandela and their champion team.

The result meant New Zealand were still searching for their second World Cup crown, after winning the inaugural tournament eight years earlier, and that unrewarded stretch would extend to 2011, when they finally beat France at Eden Park.




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Joel Stransky picks his all-time perfect XV

Christian Cullen at fullback, Os du Randt at loosehead prop … former Springbok flyhalf JOEL STRANSKY, who kicked the winning drop goal at the 1995 Rugby World Cup, picks his dream team for SA Rugby magazine.

15. CHRISTIAN CULLEN
Unbelievable pace and a devastating counter-attacker.

14. DAVID CAMPESE
Could make the odd horrendous mistake, but was a game-breaker.

13. DANIE GERBER
Silky running skills and pace were unadulterated entertainment.

12. TIM HORAN
Clever player with the physical attributes to execute to perfection. A great reader of the game.

11. JONAH LOMU
Completely destructive as a ball-carrier and the first real superstar of rugby.

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