The man the apartheid leaders wanted to kill with a crossbow
The biggest ever controversy to hit Irish rugby happened in 1981.
The decision to tour apartheid ruled South Africa when most of the world’s sporting organisations had been boycotting the country caused a guilt which lives to this day for some of those on the tour.
John Robbie is one such person. In 1981, Robbie was a young Dubliner obsessed with rugby. By his own admission, it was the most important thing in his life, and he ate, slept and breathed rugby.
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