Lifestyle | 04 Aug 2015 | By Sun International
Explore the Rugby Museum in Cape Town
With Rugby World Cup fever taking over, why not visit the Springbok Museum in Cape Town and immerse yourself in South Africa’s favourite sport ahead of the Opening Ceremony on Friday 18 September 2015...
The world-class Springbok Experience Rugby Museum at the V&A Waterfront will not only give you a chance to get intimate with the game of rugby, its history, and its superstars, but the tangible and first-hand experiences will get your pulse racing for the upcoming Rugby World Cup too.
If you’re staying at The Table Bay hotel, you’re within walking distance of the Cape Town Rugby Museum. Here’s what you can expect from the experience:
- Rugby is an emotive and passionate subject for South Africans, who are proud of their sport and heritage. As you enter the Cape Town rugby museum through the Springbok Tunnel alongside the moving shadows of players, you’ll feel like you’re about to step into battle. The sound of a crowd cheering your entrance from the tunnel into the museum heightens the experience, and you’ll be forgiven for wanting to tackle the nearest Aussie or Kiwi. Don’t, you’re not even near to halftime yet.
- Channel your adrenalin towards the state-of-the-art Springbok Trials zone, where you can literally get your kicks and test your passing skills, as well as measure your reaction times and fitness levels. Hint: if you’re with the kids, this spot at the rugby museum Cape Town is a firm favourite with the little Boks.
- Upstairs, the audio-visual exhibits will have you enthralled. This is not the den of boring glass display cases and text boxes. Using sound, music, motion and touch-screen technology, you’ll be drop-kicked into the rich story of the evolution of rugby, from an animated painting depicting the first days of play in Rondebosch, to footage of matches being played during World War II and life-size sculptures of prominent rugby figures. There’s even a wall where you can compare your own height to that of the current team’s players.
- The artefacts are fascinating too. From the boots worn by Joel Stransky when he won South Africa the 1995 Rugby World Cup with his famous drop goal, to Francois Pienaar’s iconic number 6 jersey, the sporting nostalgia is addictive.
- Besides the guts and glory of the game, the Springbok Rugby Museum weaves together the lesser-known aspects of the game’s past and highlights how rugby has been used as a force of both division and reconciliation throughout history. Even if you think you know everything about rugby, you’re in for some surprises here.
Be sure to stop in at the flagship Springbok store and treat yourself to some branded goodies. Open from 10h00 to 18h00 every day, the rugby museum in Cape Town offers a fun and entertaining experience for the whole family. Need more details? Chat to the friendly concierge at The Table Bay, or let our Travel Desk make arrangements for you.
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