'Sharps of Sabotage' from the 1981 Springbok Tour; Unknown; 1981; I162


'Sharps of Sabotage' from the 1981 Springbok Tour

About this object

Glass, pins, tacks and fish hooks concealed inside tennis balls and fired on Lancaster Park by anti-tour demonstrators, are sharp reminders of the depth of feeling the 1981 Springbok tour unleashed. Although the mass protests and civil unrest of the 1981 tour are seen as the pinnacle of the rugby and race debate, protests against playing South African teams began as early as 1960 when the All Blacks bowed to the race laws of the republic and selected a touring team with no coloured players.



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Date Made


Place Made

New Zealand / Christchurch

Medium and Materials

Rubber encasing metal and glass


3.5 (h) x 6.25 (dia)

Credit Line

Donated by Canterbury Rugby Football Union

Object Type

Tennis Ball

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