Tuesday, May 18, 2010

ESPN 30 for 30 - The 16th Man

Sharon, Jack and I watched The 16th Man. This is the thirteenth installment of ESPN's 30 for 30 film series.

The film examines the events in South Africa leading up to and culminating in the 1995 Rugby World Cup. It touches on Nelson Mandela's release of prison, the end of Apartheid and the first democratic elections, while focusing on how Nelson Mandela used the Springbok Rugby team to bring the country closer together.

Morgan Freeman's voice over is superb. The footage from World Cup games is captivating.

This is the best of the 30 for 30 films that have aired so far. I strongly recommend it.

The film is available on Amazon.

The 16th Man is also available on iTunes.

Tomasin and I toured Ireland, Wales and England during the 1991 Rugby World Cup. As well as playing some rugby matches against local teams, we attended the semi-final game between Australia and New Zealand in Dublin, the consolation game between New Zealand and Scotland in Cardiff and the championship game between Australia and England in London.

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