All Blacks were deliberately poisoned in 1995 Rugby World Cup

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Rory Steyn and Nelson Mandela in the 1990s. Photo / Supplied

President Mandela’s bodyguard made the deliberate poisoning claim.

Nelson Mandela’s former bodyguard says betting syndicates were behind the trouble

.by Susan Strongman

A former top South African police commander involved with All Blacks security at the 1995 Rugby World Cup says the team was deliberately poisoned before the final against the Springboks.

Rory Steyn – chief bodyguard to President Nelson Mandela – believes betting syndicates were behind the poisoning. The All Blacks lost the Johannesburg final 15-12.

Mr Steyn said there was a huge degree of paranoia within the All Blacks camp, which escalated after the semifinal win over England in Cape Town. The team travelled back to Johannesburg and it was decided among management that they would eat separately to the rest of their hotel’s guests in the week leading up to the final.

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