Springboks to don white jersey against Ireland
SA Rugby has confirmed that the Springboks are not permitted to wear their traditional green and gold jersey in Saturday’s Test against Ireland.
Because World Rugby’s new regulations do not allow the Springboks to play in their traditional kit, the South Africans will don their alternate jersey in Paris on Saturday.
In a statement released on Monday, an SA Rugby spokesperson said the Springboks will wear their ‘white’ Nike-designed jersey against the Irish and listed several reasons why.
“The Springboks are not permitted to wear the green and gold jersey in every Test match – as much as we would like to,” the spokesperson revealed.
“The alternative jersey colour is white, but Nike proposed enhancing the plain look with a modern design drawing on various influences in a new combination to appeal to a new and wider audience. It was presented to senior Springboks, who gave it their seal of approval.”
REASONS FOR ALTERNATE KIT AND DESIGN EXPLAINED:
- The Springbok primary jersey of green and gold is always worn as the first choice whenever permitted.
- On those occasions where a jersey clash must be avoided, the Springboks may be required to wear an alternate jersey.
- New colour blindness guidelines are in operation at the Rugby World Cup, which have increased the number of occasions on which one of the competing teams is required to wear an alternative jersey.
- South Africa was required to change for Scotland and will do so for the match against Ireland on 23 September.
- South Africa’s first alternate is hyper-jade and white; the second alternate is white with a hyper-jade collar. Replicas of the primary (green) and alternate (hyper-jade) have been produced for sale.
- The second alternate (all white) will be worn against Ireland as the hyper-jade is too like Ireland’s green jersey.
- Should the Springboks progress to the knockout stages of the competition, and if they are drawn as Team B against a team with a clashing colour the team will wear the hyper-jade alternate as the first option.
- Jerseys are designed by sports team apparel manufacturers and ultimately approved by the relevant federation.
- All the Nike jerseys provided to SA Rugby were presented to and received the seal of approval from a senior Springbok leadership group as well as SA Rugby management.
- The design of the hyper jade jersey was influenced by Ndebele design traditions and its colour – in addition to traditional white – was inspired by the colours of the flora and landscape of South Africa.