A rugby devotee reminisces on more than 30 years of following the All Blacks’ World Cup fortunes.

In the press centre at Ellis Park before the 1995 Rugby World Cup final I catch up with Dan Retief, who on the 1981 Springbok tour of New Zealand was a charming, living oxymoron, a liberal South African rugby reporter.

We swap stories. He's been living through much more fascinating times than I have. "I don't mind telling you, when Mandela was elected, I cried like a baby. He's our hope for the future."

Then he motions me closer. "Do you remember the plane at Eden Park in 81?" An anti-tour protester, Marx Jones, had flown a Cessna back and