Mandela Challenge Plate

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Mandela Challenge Plate
Sport Rugby union
Instituted 2000
Number of teams 2
Country  Australia
 South Africa
Holders  Australia (2017)
Most titles  Australia (10 titles)

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 Docklands 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.

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.

Matches[edit]

Details Played Won by Australia Won by South Africa Drawn Australia points South Africa points
In Australia 16 13 2 1 431 290
In South Africa 15 3 11 1 287 433
Overall 31 16 13 2 718 723

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Results[edit]

Year Date Venue Home Score Away Trophy
Winner
2017 30 September Free State Stadium, Blomfontein South Africa  27–27  Australia Australia
9 September Perth Oval, Perth Australia  23–23  South Africa
2016 1 October Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria South Africa  18–10  Australia Australia
10 September Lang Park, Brisbane Australia  23–17  South Africa
2015 18 July Lang Park, Brisbane Australia  24–20  South Africa Australia
2014 27 September Newlands, Cape Town South Africa  28–10  Australia South Africa
6 September Subiaco Oval, Perth Australia  24–23  South Africa
2013 28 September Newlands, Cape Town South Africa  28–8  Australia South Africa
7 September Lang Park, Brisbane Australia  12–38  South Africa
2012 29 September Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria South Africa  31–8  Australia Australia
8 September Subiaco Oval, Perth Australia  26–19  South Africa
2011 13 August Kings Park Stadium, Durban South Africa  9–14  Australia Australia
23 July Stadium Australia, Sydney Australia  39–20  South Africa
2010 4 September Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein South Africa  39–41  Australia Australia
28 August Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria South Africa  44–31  Australia
24 July Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Australia  30–13  South Africa
2009 5 September Lang Park, Brisbane Australia  21–6  South Africa South Africa
29 August Subiaco Oval, Perth Australia  25–32  South Africa
8 August Newlands, Cape Town South Africa  29–17  Australia
2008 30 August Ellis Park, Johannesburg South Africa  53–8  Australia Australia
23 August Kings Park Stadium, Durban South Africa  15–27  Australia
19 July Subiaco Oval, Perth Australia  16–9  South Africa
2007 7 July Stadium Australia, Sydney Australia  25–17  South Africa Australia
16 June Newlands, Cape Town South Africa  22–19  Australia
2006 9 September Ellis Park, Johannesburg South Africa  24–16  Australia Australia
5 August Stadium Australia, Sydney Australia  20–18  South Africa
15 July Lang Park, Brisbane Australia  49–0  South Africa
2005 23 July Ellis Park, Johannesburg South Africa  33–20  Australia South Africa
9 July Stadium Australia, Sydney Australia  30–12  South Africa
2002 17 August Ellis Park, Johannesburg South Africa  33–31  Australia South Africa
2000 8 July Docklands Stadium, Melbourne Australia  44–23  South Africa Australia

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