Amateur South African Rugby Team Fights for Existance

Their catches still uncertain, their sneakers worn and unsuitable, a team of young South Africans is trying to find success in a sport that that's a traditional favorite in their country, but rare in their own neighborhood — rugby. The Katlehong Tigers are the one of the few amateur rugby teams in Katlehong, a cramped neighborhood flanked by factories, built only for black people under the racist apartheid system. Rugby has long been associated with and dominated by white South Africans and black players were barred from playing on the top teams. The South African government has used quota systems and funding for amateur leagues as it has tried to diversify the sport since the country's 1995 Rugby World Cup win, where Nelson Mandela lifted the trophy.



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