Joel Stransky – 20 years on

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Rugby Fifteen caught up with 1995 World Cup winning Springbok Flyhalf, Joel Stransky. The man who kicked an extra time drop goal to clinch victory over the mighty All Blacks.
We got to relive some special moments with the players at the 1995 reunion held at Emirate Airline Park on Wednesday.
– What memories came to you when you walked onto the pitch today?

JS: I walk on here every now and then with the other part of my life which is the commentary side. But to walk on with this bunch of players around is a special thing and to see Joost here albeit in a wheel chair. To see Morne du Plessis and some of the guys and I think this is what makes it so special this time around. It is really about the people and the camaraderie we built in 1995 and the friendships that will last forever.

– Talking about that in terms of 2015 now coming up do you see that as the key to the World Cup squad the camaraderie?

JS: I think camaraderie is built sometimes on hardship and achievements. We trained incredibly hard in 1995 and we were lucky enough to have achieved such a great result. I think every other team that goes to the World Cup has to go through that cycle. This team will be no different and under Heyneke Meyer they will be incredibly fit and well prepared. They will have moments of suffering and moments of hurtful challenges and hardship at the World Cup itself and if they come out the other side victorius they too will have the same camaraderie as we had.

Written by Ansia Joles / Rugby Fifteen

Photo: Anton Geyser / Rugby Fifteen

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