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Ex-skipper Pienaar urges Springboks to 'take World Cup to the people'

(CNN)Francois Pienaar, South Africa's victorious Rugby World Cup captain in 1995, had until recently never spoken to Siya Kolisi, the man who lifted the trophy for the Springboks Saturday.As Pienaar prepared to meet his modern-day counterpart at Sunday's World Rugby awards, the former Springboks skipper knew exactly what to say: "Thank you."Pienaar knows firsthand how winning the Rugby World Cup can transform a nation. He received the Webb Ellis Cup from then President Nelson Mandela shortly after the fall of apartheid, a moment that united a country dogged by racial prejudice. Events seem to have come full circle 24 years later. Mandela wore a replica of Pienaar's No.6 jersey when he handed the skipper the trophy in 1995, and last weekend ...