The Springboks will be wearing an “unstoppable” jersey which features technological advancements to give our men in green and gold an extra edge at the Rugby World Cup in Japan later this year. The new Springbok jersey, which will go on sale tomorrow, was designed with unique characteristics and features to compliment the playing style and technical requirements of the Boks.
“It’s a momentous year as the Springboks aim to win our third World Cup in Japan,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby. “Every little detail counts and that includes all the focus and effort put in by ASICS into making this the most advanced jersey for the Boks to wear in Japan and support them in their quest to reach their goal.”
More than 10 versions of the jersey with 30 different fabrics were tested at SA Rugby’s official apparel and footwear sponsor ASICS’ laboratories in Japan. Springbok players were also asked about their requirements to give them the necessary advantages on the field. The message was clear – they don’t want to be restricted by anything and want to feel “unstoppable”. “I don’t want to be restricted by anything when playing,” said Springbok Test centurion Tendai Mtawarira. “The jersey is the perfect balance between fast and strong – and it’s challenging to reach that. ASICS have produced a jersey that not only meets but surpasses expectations of what we wear on the pitch.” The jersey is devoid of any loose fitting areas or unnecessary tightness. The jersey has a durable iconic collar. The fabric is lighter and thinner. It has grip print for ball carrying. The stretch material feature provides an anti-grab and an easy-escape capability. There is a strategically placed stretch side panel and under arm gusset for the mobility of the players’ arms. These, amongst others, are the technical advancements which will give our players an extra edge in every match.
The Springboks’ home jersey draws inspiration from the 1995 Rugby World Cup winning team by having a traditional olive green and orange gold look. Also, the Springbok emblem will move to the left sleeve of the jersey, with the South African national emblem, the King Protea, the jersey manufacturer’s mark (ASICS) and the RWC emblem on the front. This is in line with World Rugby’s commercial requirements for playing apparel.
The Springboks will start their 2019 Rugby World Cup campaign against New Zealand on 21 September 2019. Get behind our Springboks as they prepare for the Rugby World Cup at the end of this year. The new Springbok jersey is can be ordered online from the SA Rugby Shop click here.