Mandela Challenge Plate

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For the association football competition, see Nelson Mandela Challenge.

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[edit]

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.

Winners[edit]

Winner Year Won by Australia Won by South Africa Drawn
TBD 2014 0 0 0
South Africa 2013 0 2 0
Australia (retained) 2012 1 1 0
Australia 2011 2 0 0
Australia 2010 2 1 0
South Africa 2009 1 2 0
Australia 2008 2 1 0
Australia (retained) 2007 1 1 0
Australia 2006 2 1 0
South Africa (retained) 2005 1 1 0
South Africa 2002 1 0 0
Australia 2000 1 0 0

Results[edit]

Year Date Venue Home Score Away Match

Winner

Trophy

Winner

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

Records[edit]

Most titles won:

  1.  Australia - 7
  2.  South Africa - 4

Longest time held by Australia: 3 years (2006-2009)

Longest time held by South Africa: 4 years (2002-2006)

See also[edit]