The passing of Nelson Mandela at age 95 has resonated throughout the world.
The iconic leader famously championed sport as a vehicle of inspiration and social change.
"Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair."
Here is some reaction to Madiba's passing from the rugby community. May he rest in peace.
RIP Madiba - a great man! thoughts and prayers to all our friends in SA— Greg Peters (@GPRUGBYCEO) December 5, 2013
Farewell... pic.twitter.com/leRNoaV1xJ— IRB Total Rugby (@IRBTotalRugby) December 5, 2013
RIP Nelson Mandela - what an incredible human being and inspiration to others.— George Gregan (@GeorgeGregan) December 6, 2013
Was honoured to meet Mandela before a test at Ellis Park in '05, 10years after he united Sth Africa at the RWC. Now seated at the top table.— Stephen Moore (@stevemoore83) December 6, 2013
Jean de Villiers: "His presence at a Test Match just lifted the crowd and energised the team - it is actually hard to describe." #Mandela— South African Rugby (@bokrugby) December 5, 2013
Our thoughts are with those affected by the passing away of Nelson Mandela. May your cherished memories endure beyond this time of grief.— Chiefs Rugby (@chiefsrugby) December 5, 2013
R.I.P Nelson Mandela— Cory Jane (@CoryJane1080) December 5, 2013
We farewell a hero that has touched the lives of not just the rugby world, but the whole world with… http://t.co/ZG215oq562— Tatafu Polota-Nau (@tatafu267) December 6, 2013
There will be an outpouring of emotion at #irbsevens in PE this weekend. Host venue is named after the late great Nelson Mandela. RIP— Greg Clark (@greg_clarkie) December 5, 2013
La UAR envía sus condolencias a la familia de Mandela, Sudáfrica y SARU, y se une en el homenaje a este gran hombre pic.twitter.com/wZDMtolB5h— UnionArgentinaRugby (@unionargentina) December 6, 2013
Thanks to the international rugby community for your tributes and sharing in our grief on passing of Nelson Mandela http://t.co/JGaSHJO7V9— South African Rugby (@bokrugby) December 6, 2013
Rest in Peace Nelson Tata Madiba our hero. You will forever live in our hearts. My deepest condolences to the Mandela family.— JP Pietersen (@jppietersen14) December 5, 2013
Rest in peace Nelson Mandela. Amazing to think that RWC 1995 played a role in the emergence of a new South Africa, his South Africa.— dominic rumbles (@dominicrumbles) December 5, 2013
RIP Nelson Mandela ... One man but one massive footprint on today's world not only in SA but worldwide #RIPNelsonMandela— Nathan Charles (@NathanCharles2) December 5, 2013
Queensland Rugby’s thoughts are with our friends in South Africa as the world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela pic.twitter.com/oDaLFynpy2— Queensland Reds (@Reds_Rugby) December 5, 2013
Condolences to the Mandela family and the rest South Africa on the loss of a great leader. Rest in peace Nelson... http://t.co/lkMDe5l2oo— Official Blue Bulls (@BlueBullsRugby) December 5, 2013
“All of our lives are poorer today at the extinguishing of the great beacon of light and hope" - SARU Pres Hoskins. pic.twitter.com/TU4X7dH4oN— South African Rugby (@bokrugby) December 5, 2013
Gutted i never got to meet or stand in the presence of Nelson Mandela. His inspiration was limitless. His values and qualities will live on— james haskell (@jameshaskell) December 6, 2013
RIP Mandela - A Champion of equality, an inspirational human being and he also loved his footy. God Speed.— The Highlanders (@Highlanders) December 6, 2013
Lapasset tribute to Mandela: "Mr Mandela was a truly remarkable man. I was honoured to be with him during the historic days of RWC 1995...— IRB (@IRBMedia) December 6, 2013
Read the full IRB tribute to 'remarkable' Mandela here http://t.co/8n0awzHJCK— IRB (@IRBMedia) December 6, 2013
If there was ever an example in our history of how sport can unite, then the story of Mandela and the RWC95 was it..nothing but respect #RIP— Jamie Roberts (@Jamiehuwroberts) December 5, 2013
Vale Nelson Mandela. Our sincere condolences to his family and the people of South Africa. pic.twitter.com/rzdL5Vn7lR— RaboDirect Rebels (@MelbourneRebels) December 5, 2013
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" - Nelson Mandela's inspirational quotes http://t.co/V4bWiiDKaA— The Ruck (@theruckshow) December 5, 2013
In the words of Obama "#Madiba now belongs to the ages"— Callie Visagie (@Callie_Visagie) December 5, 2013
In Honour of your everlasting Memory. Rest in Peace Madiba— The Sharks (@TheSharksZA) December 5, 2013
NELSON MANDELA 1918-2013 A true leader & inspiration to all. Thank you for touching & changing many lives, your legend will live on forever— Saia & Ant Fainga'a (@FaingaaTwins) December 5, 2013
Rest easy Mandela!!!— Tim Nanai Williams (@Tim_Nwilliams) December 5, 2013