Since we were celebrating 20 years of freedom in South Africa this month, the CTVibes team took time out to visit The Springbok Experience museum at the V&A Waterfront. SA Rugby has rich history which can be found at this technologically advanced museum.
The idea one gets when visiting a museum is an image of a quiet areas with just statues or pictures of various historical moments. Walking into the museum you walk through a tunnel that seems like the tunnel that is found at stadiums. Our super friendly Tour Guide, Hendrick Snyders, explained the tunnel is there to create a feel of what takes place when Rugby players enter the stadium. There are also Rugby games at the reception players in which players can practise throwing, kicking and other exercises relevant to the Rugby game. The CTVibes team didn’t do so well on these, we need more practise 🙂 .
The maize design of the museum creates a mystery for a visitor as they keep guessing what more to expect around the corner while visiting the museum. The heritage of Rugby is clearly depicted at this museum, going back to the 18th century when Rugby was established from football. There are various key pieces of the Rugby history such as the various cups, jerseys and badges used by different SA Rugby teams over the years. It is also very interesting to find out more about the blacks role in the history of Rugby as it is not often stated.
The screens and projectors around the museum also provide in depth information about the history of Rugby in our country. Francois Pienaar’s number 6 jersey from the 1995 Rugby World Cup and John Smit’s Rugby World Cup final jersey are some of the things that can be found at the museum. The museum takes you from the Springbok Trial games, to the rich history of Rugby during the apartheid till the activities that took place after South Africans gained independence in 1994. There is also a theatre where we watched an 8minutes presentation which covered all the years in Rugby showing how it has evolved to the popular sport that we excel in. This museum gives a fun lesson of Rugby in South Africa. It is definitely worth visiting.
The museum is open everyday except for Christmas Day. The operating hours are 10am till 6pm. Click HERE to find out more about the museum. Thank you SA Rugby for the invite 🙂