Two years ago, Japan hosted what was, despite the typhoon, a marvellous Rugby World Cup, arguably the best since 1995 when Nelson Mandela handed the William Webb Ellis trophy to his own Springbok captain, Francois Pienaar. Now, in Japan, the Springboks won the Cup for the third time, captained by Siya Kolisi. This is evidence that, despite the political and economic upheavals in the Republic, Mandela’s dream is sleeping, not dead.