Wellingtonian recalls supporting 1981 Springbok tour


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The All Blacks will play their 100th test against the Springboks on Saturday. This comes 40 years after the South African team toured New Zealand - sparking outrage here and abroad. For 56 days in July, August and September 1981, more than 150,000 New Zealanders took part in more than 200 demonstrations in 28 centres; violence erupted, families were split, and tensions were high. Wellingtonian Spike Thomas remembers the anger he felt during the 1981 Springbok tour. He worked at a car parts dealership in Wellington Central - and often worked with well-known rugby players - before the game went professional. Thomas and his colleagues wanted the tour to go ahead. He's since changed his views, but ahead of watching tomorrow's game, he talked to producer Stacey Knott about what he felt in 1981.

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