Photos: Anti-apartheid protest at Rugby Park, 1981

Last updated 12:15 06/12/2013

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Hamilton's Waikato Stadium was the site of one of the key events in the fight against arpartheid in South Africa.

On July 25, 1981, a game was due to be played between Waikato and the touring Springboks.

The game was abandoned when anti-apartheid protestors torn down the fence at the Tristram St end of what was known then as Rugby Park and stormed onto the pitch.

When Nelson Mandela hear the news from his prison cell on Robben Island it was reported he described it as light piercing the darkness.

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