• Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela, the head of the African National Congress, who has become the first black President of South Africa
  • Matt Damon as Francois Pienaar, the Springboks' captain and blindside flanker
  • Tony Kgoroge as Jason Tshabalala
  • Adjoa Andoh as Brenda Mazibuko
  • Julian Lewis Jones as Etienne Feyder[6]
  • Patrick Mofokeng as Linga Moonsamy
  • Matt Stern as Hendrick Booyens
  • Marguerite Wheatley as Nerine Winter, Pienaar's wife
  • Patrick Lyster as François Pienaar's father
  • Leleti Khumalo as Mary
  • McNiel Hendriks as Chester Williams, the Springboks' left wing and the only black player on the team
  • Scott Eastwood as Joel Stransky, the Springboks' fly half and goal kicker
  • Zak Feaunati as Jonah Lomu, the All Blacks' left wing, considered the best player in the world
  • Grant L. Roberts as Ruben Kruger, the Springboks' openside flanker
  • Rolf E. Fitschen as Naka Drotské, the Springboks' reserve hooker
  • Vaughn Thompson as Rudolf Straeuli, the Springboks' reserve flanker
  • Robin B. Smith as Johan de Villiers, sport commentator.
  • Charl Engelbrecht as Garry Pagel, the Springboks' reserve prop
  • Graham Lindemann as Kobus Wiese, the Springboks' number 4 lock
  • Louis Minnaar as Springbok Coach
  • Sean Cameron Michael as Springbok Equipment Manager
  • Danny Keogh as Louis Luyt
  • Bonnie Henna as Zindzi Mandela-Hlongwane
  • Kgosi Mongape as Sipho
  • David Dukas as the pilot of the Boeing 747 who flew low over Ellispark Stadium just prior to the appearance of Mandela on the field before the game started
  • Hennie Bosman as Racist Rugby Coach

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