Cape Town Sevens: Blitzboks to wear jersey to honor Nelson Mandela - CNN

Cape Town Sevens: Blitzboks to wear jersey to honor Nelson Mandela - CNN

Captains from each country visited Robben Island ahead of the Sevens World Series tournament, the site where Mandela served 18 of his 27 years in prison.

Hopefully we can go out and touch people's lives every single day.

"It's a massive opportunity to play your home tournament in a jersey like that. It's not going to happen soon again."

Mandela, who passed away in 2013, serving as South African President for five years between 1994 and 1999, helped bring an end to the apartheid regime.

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The photo of Mandela, the country's first black president, awarded Springbok's captain Francois Pienaar's The Rugby World Cup in 1995 is one of sport's most iconic images.

The Blitzboks, last year's Sevens World Series champions, finished sixth at last weekend's season-opening tournament in Dubai.

They have won four tournaments at home in Cape Town in 2015.

"We're just getting an opportunity to play in front of your home crowd, 50,000 people supporting you and then 50 million people at home," said Snyman.

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"I think we will really inspire them by the fact that we will play in a limited jersey edition, a one-off jersey, as a tribute to the late Madiba.

"We are really happy to play in Cape Town this weekend and I think Dubai tournament, the guys will be ready and fired up and we will be successful this weekend."

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