During his acceptance speech, Pienaar made it clear that the team had won the trophy not just for the 60,000 fans at Ellis Park, but also for all 43,000,000 South Africans. In 1994, Transvaal retained the Currie Cup under his captaincy and he was voted international player of the year by Rugby World magazine. Pienaar was instrumental in negotiating the deal between SANZAR and Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation that turned rugby into a fully-fledged professional game. In 1995 he was voted Rugby Personality of the Year by Britain's Rugby Union Writers' Club, as well as Newsmaker of the Year in South Africa. Pienaar is most famous for being captain of the first South Africa team to win the World Cup. During the next two seasons, they secured third and fourth spots in the Zurich Premiership, thereby qualifying for the European Cup on consecutive campaigns. .mw-parser-output .legend{page-break-inside:avoid;break-inside:avoid-column}.mw-parser-output .legend-color{display:inline-block;min-width:1.25em;height:1.25em;line-height:1.25;margin:1px 0;text-align:center;border:1px solid black;background-color:transparent;color:black}.mw-parser-output .legend-text{}  World Cup Final, In 2000, Pienaar retired as a player and became Saracens’ CEO.
Some of the older generation rugby administrators branded him a traitor for selling out South African rugby to professionalism.[5]. He played flanker for South Africa (the Springboks) from 1993 until 1996, winning 29 international caps, all of them as captain. To install click the Add extension button. ✪ The Future Is Now - Studio Interview With Francois Pienaar. Some of the older generation rugby administrators branded him a traitor for selling out South African rugby to professionalism.[5]. Hollywood gets it wrong over Nelson Mandela and Francois Pienaar . [3] During this standoff, Pienaar offered the black Springbok player Chester Williams less than other contemporary South African players.
During the remarkable post-match presentation ceremony Nelson Mandela, wearing a Springbok jersey bearing Pienaar's number, presented him with the Webb Ellis Cup.

In purely marketing terms, Williams was second only to Jonah Lomu. Rugby gets the Hollywood treatment.

In 2005 he was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame. The spelling was localised as a result of maintaining the French pronunciation. Francois Pienaar, who led the famous Springboks, to victory at the World Cup in 1995, shares his thoughts with GlobalPost's senior correspondent in Johannesburg. The cover of the English language book (Written by a British author and published in the UK) uses the French spelling, François, rather than the Afrikaans spelling, Francois. Pienaar is portrayed by Matt Damon in the film Invictus, released in December 2009, which focuses on the story of the 1995 World Cup. In 1996, Pienaar was controversially dropped from the Springbok side, after 29 caps, by coach Andre Markgraaff, who accused him of feigning an injury during a match. The source code for the WIKI 2 extension is being checked by specialists of the Mozilla Foundation, Google, and Apple.

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