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“The Boks Embassy in Florida”

We were back at “Marina 84”, the famous Springbok Embassy in Florida, situated in Broward County, midway from Miami to Fort Lauderdale in Florida.

This time, due to de pandemic, our family could not be together to watch the first rugby test of the Boks against the Lions, but the excitement of the moment was shared both in Miami and Cape Town.

It was the most suitable venue because the first rugby match was played in South Africa took place in the Mother City in 1862.

The game had been introduced by the British in the colony, which they had taken over from the Dutch in 1808, via Bishops College, a Rondebosch Anglican tradition school.

 The Game quickly became popular among the predominantly “Boer” population of the Western Cape colony, namely in the Stellenbosch town area, where the first rugby club was established and also, in all probability, from where the nickname of “Springboks” comes from.

South African expatriates congregate in the “Marina 84 Sports Bar” to watch the “Boks” play international matches

With such an ancestral tradition of over 150 years, it is worthy of note that the status of being known as the “Embassy of the Springboks “in southern Florida is a title to be proud of and justifiable by worthy deeds and activities in favour of the  South African Rugby.

That certainly is the case, as hundreds of South African expatriates congregate in the “Marina 84 Sports Bar” to watch their sport of preference, whenever the “Boks” play international matches.

Hordes of green and yellow jersey patrons gathered, in the popular Fort Lauderdale Marina 84 Sports Bar to watch the South African team group and knock-out matches of the Rugby World Cup held in Japan .
The enthusiasm of the South Africans relocated in the area and surrounding counties, reached a peak as they gathered to view the final against England in the Yokoama stadium.
Springbok fans living in Florida beat in passion and excitement a similar crowd in their own country, as the final whistle blew, conceding the historic victory to the Boks.
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Marina 84 Sports Bar was the place that I had to call during one of my recent visits to the States
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Marina 84 Sports Bar was the place that I had to call during one of my recent visits to the States and Fort Lauderdale, to remember the glorious moments of the World Cup, but also to try their famous cuisine “Springbok Gastropub” specialties.

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