Shapiro MD Matt Damon is ideal as Francois Pienaar, the South African team leader. Newly elected president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, (Freeman), joins forces with the captain with the rugby team in trying to unite the rustic. South Africa is still racially divided and economically challenged in the throws of apartheid. Mandela uses the universal language of sports to rally the team and win the 1995 World Cup Championship correspond with. Inspiring! It goes on the Oscar list.