Dean Allen, senior lecturer in Sports Studies, University of Bournemouth

This course will explore the significance of rugby ‘beyond the try line’. Concepts such as globalisation, national identity and ‘race’ will be discussed in a course that is not aimed at sport fans only. The informative lectures will uncover some incredible stories from the past using sport as a lens through which to view wider events that took place throughout history. Rich in detail and fully illustrated, each lecture will build on central themes explored within the course and offer an insight in to how sport evolved as an important part of our social and political landscape. The course will examine the global development of sport and how rugby in particular became a major part of South African society and culture.



1. Rugby and the evolution of sport

2. Rugby: the global game

3. Rugby and ‘race’: a history of sport in South Africa

4. Rugby and Afrikaner nationalism: ‘beating them at their own game’

5. Rugby and reconciliation: from the first Springboks to Mandela and World Cup salvation


Recommended reading

Allen, D. 2015. Empire, War and Cricket in South Africa. Cape Town: Zebra Press.

Black, D.R. & Nauright, J. 1998. Rugby and the South African Nation. Manchester: University Press.

Collins, T. The Oval World: A Global History of Rugby. London: Bloomsbury.

Grundlingh, A., Odendaal, A., Apies, B. 1995. Beyond the Tryline: Rugby and South African Society. Johannesburg: Raven Press.



Date: 21 – 25 January 
Time: 5.00 pm
COURSE FEES Full: R550,00  Staff and Students R275,00
Venue: LT2 Kramer Law Building UCT