Mandela Challenge Plate

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For the association football competition, see Nelson Mandela Challenge.
Mandela Challenge Plate
Sport Rugby union
Founded 2000
No. of teams 2
Country  Australia
 South Africa
Most recent champion(s)  South Africa

The Nelson Mandela Challenge Plate is a rugby union trophy contested between Australia and South Africa. It is named after South Africa's first post-apartheid president, Nelson Mandela.

Initially designed to be held every two years, the trophy was first contested as a one-off match in 2000, with Australia winning the game 44-23 at Melbourne's Colonial Stadium. The second, played in Ellis Park, Johannesburg in 2002, was also South Africa's home game in the Tri Nations, and was won 33-31 by South Africa. The 2004 event, delayed until 2005, was played over two legs, and was not part of the Tri Nations. Since South Africa were the holders, Australia needed to win both games to reclaim the trophy. Australia won the first game 30-12, but lost the return leg at Ellis Park, 33-20.

Between 2006 and 2011, with the expansion of the Tri Nations series so that each country plays each other three times, the plate was contested over three Tests, akin to the Bledisloe Cup, with the exception of 2007 and 2011, when teams only played 4 games each, to accommodate for the Rugby World Cups in those years. In 2012, the Tri Nations was expanded to include Argentina and the competition was renamed The Rugby Championship. Since the teams now play each other twice, holders of the plate retain it if they win at least one of the two games, As Australia did in 2012.

The trophy is a leather-clad silver plate containing a 24 carat (100%) rim, and a central gold disk showing a Wallaby and a Springbok (the icons of the two teams) [1]. It was designed by Flynn Silver, an Australian family company from Kyneton, Victoria.


Details Played Won by Australia Won by South Africa Drawn Australia points South Africa points
In Australia 13 11 2 0 361 230
In South Africa 13 3 10 0 250 388
Overall 26 14 12 0 611 618


Year Date Venue Home Score Away Match




2014 27 September Newlands, Cape Town  South Africa 28–10  Australia  South Africa South Africa
6 September Patersons Stadium, Perth  Australia 24–23  South Africa  Australia
2013 28 September Newlands Stadium, Cape Town  South Africa 28–8  Australia  South Africa South Africa
7 September Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane  Australia 12–38  South Africa  South Africa
2012 29 September Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria  South Africa 31–8  Australia  South Africa Australia
8 September Subiaco Oval, Perth  Australia 26–19  South Africa  Australia
2011 13 August Kings Park Stadium, Durban  South Africa 9–14  Australia  Australia Australia
23 July ANZ Stadium, Sydney  Australia 39–10  South Africa  Australia
2010 4 September Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein  South Africa 39–41  Australia  Australia Australia
28 August Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria  South Africa 44–31  Australia  South Africa
24 July Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane  Australia 30–13  South Africa  Australia
2009 5 September Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane  Australia 21–6  South Africa  Australia South Africa
29 August Subiaco Oval, Perth  Australia 25–32  South Africa  South Africa
8 August Newlands Stadium, Cape Town  South Africa 29–17  Australia  South Africa
2008 30 August Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg South Africa  53–8  Australia  South Africa Australia
23 August Kings Park Stadium, Durban South Africa  15–27  Australia  Australia
19 July Subiaco Oval, Perth Australia  16–9  South Africa  Australia
2007 7 July Stadium Australia, Sydney Australia  20–18  South Africa  Australia Australia
16 June Newlands Stadium, Cape Town South Africa  22–19  South Africa  South Africa
2006 9 September Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg South Africa  24 – 16  Australia  South Africa Australia
5 August Stadium Australia, Sydney Australia  20 – 18  South Africa  Australia
15 July Lang Park, Brisbane Australia  49 – 0  South Africa  Australia
2005 23 July Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg South Africa  33 – 20  Australia  South Africa South Africa
9 July Stadium Australia, Sydney Australia  30 – 12  South Africa  Australia
2002 17 August Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg South Africa  33 – 31  Australia  South Africa South Africa
2000 8 July Docklands Stadium, Melbourne Australia  44 – 23  South Africa  Australia Australia

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