Photos: Anti-apartheid protest at Rugby Park, 1981
Protesters tear down a fence at the Tristram St end of Rugby Park.
Police storm the field as the protest gets more and more heated.
An anti-apartheid protester is dragged from the field at Rugby Park.
Anti-apartheid protesters linked arms and formed a human chain in a last-ditch attempt to stop the game. They succeeded.
Anti-apartheid protesters wore motorcycle helmets to stop the thwack of police batons.
Many at Rugby Park that day wanted to see the game played.
Police arrest and handcuff an anti-apartheid protester.
Opposition to the tour raged throughout the country but the Hamilton game was the only one called off.
Dozens of arrests were made that day.
Activist Father Terry Dibble was in the front row of a group of anti-Springbok tour protesters that surged into the middle of Rugby Park.
Police kept a watchful eye on the protest.
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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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