- Dec 3, 2010
Glad to see that the Arg/SA game is at a reasonable time on the 26th. Don't know if I'd have felt like sitting up until midnight to watch it...
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One would expect to beat both Argentina and Australia at home, a bit trickier but we should beat them away as well. NZ we can just about forget. It will be more a case of trying not to lose by more than 30...Geesus, with those selections...
This is going to be fun to watch
Cape Town - The Springboks will wear a limited-edition alternate jersey in the red of the South African flag in their match against the Pumas in Salta on August 26, SA Rugby announced on Tuesday.
The striking jersey has been commissioned to mark the 25th anniversary of rugby unity in South Africa. Only a limited number of replica jerseys will be available in stores from Wednesday, August 9.
The red Springbok jersey completes a “jigsaw puzzle” of playing and training apparel that was prepared for use in 2017. The colours of the flag - green, yellow, blue and red, as well as black and white - have all featured in training or playing apparel this year.
“We wanted to mark the 25th anniversary of rugby in South Africa in a striking and memorable way and in partnership with ASICS came up with this bold alternate strip,” said CEO Jurie Roux.
“We chose the colours of the flag as a uniting symbol and believed that red made the boldest statement as a tribute to the achievement of rugby unity, which was completed before democracy arrived in South Africa.”
Roux said that red also provided the strongest contrast to the Springboks’ Rugby Championship rivals. The red colouring is rounded off by a black collar, logos as well as other details.
Brian Kerby, General Manager of ASICS South Africa, said they were excited to reveal the red jersey to Springbok supporters.
“This is definitely a bold statement by us as a brand - to celebrate Springbok rugby for what has been achieved over the past 25 years and also looking ahead towards a positive future for the team,” said Kerby.
Rugby unity was achieved on March 20, 1992 following covert negotiations between the old South African Rugby Board (SARB) and the banned ANC from 1988 onwards.
SARB and the non-racial South African Rugby Union, the South African Rugby Football Federation and the South African Rugby Association came together in 1992 to form the South African Rugby Football Union (SARFU) under the joint presidency of Ebrahim Patel (SARU) and Danie Craven (SARB). SARFU’s name was changed to SARU in 2003.
“It was a remarkable achievement to bring all rugby communities together after so many years of division,” said Roux.
“We have made mistakes as a sport; we will not always get it right. But rugby has given South Africa moments of great joy in the past 25 years and proved its supreme capacity to build our nation.”
Roux added that the red jersey was a symbol of the conclusion of one era and the starting of a new one: “It is commonplace for national teams to be creative with their alternate playing kits but it is not something we have done with our white alternate jersey in South Africa before.
“The traditionalists might miss a heartbeat but we need to move with the times as a sport and it’s 111 years since a South African rugby team first wore a white jersey so it’s not something we’ve rushed into. We think this makes a statement, it will definitely be a collector’s item,” said Roux.
The commemorative red Springbok supporters’ jersey will be available at selected sport retail stores from August 9, 2017 for a recommended retail price of R750
I have no idea what's going on here? what negotiations? about what? and what has 1988 got to do with this?Rugby unity was achieved on March 20, 1992 following covert negotiations between the old South African Rugby Board (SARB) and the banned ANC from 1988 onwards.
Rest in link.There has been a serious battle, if not a full-scale war, going on between the media and New Zealand Rugby.
Readers of Stuff.co.nz must be wondering why there is currently almost no rugby coverage on the country’s biggest online news site or in the Fairfax-owned newspapers like The Press in Christchurch and the Dominion Post in Wellington.
Stuff and the papers did not cover the naming of the recent All Black team to play in the Investec series between New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Argentina that starts on August 26.
Nor did they report the big news that All Black fullback Jordie Barrett needs an operation on his shoulder and is unlikely to take part in the series.
The “boycotting” is a pressure tactic in a fight that has been long running, but blew into a major conflict when New Zealand rugby sent the media its “terms and conditions of accreditation” for the Investec series to the media a few weeks ago.
Fairfax, in particular, found those terms unacceptable.
They included a clause that allowed NZR to revoke accreditation if they felt a media outlet breached copyright by running video highlight packages of Sky TV’s footage of the test matches including the Bledisloe Cup matches against Australia.
Accreditation allows reporters to attend All Black training sessions, post-match conferences and other media events. Without accreditation, it is almost impossible for rugby reporters to do their job.
Copyright of the footage belongs to Sky TV and NZR, and it is likely that NZR is under significant pressure from Sky to “get heavy” on the other media it sees as competition.
It has been normal practice for years for the news media to run highlights of matches, including all the tries, on their websites immediately after the games are finished.
The media organisations have long argued that this is a legitimate part of sports news coverage. Sky accepts that a small amount of the footage can be shown, but feels that some media outlets overdo it and infringe on the rights it pays a large sum of money for.
Sky is already in the process of taking TVNZ, Fairfax and NZME to the High Court, claiming they have breached copyright by their use of rugby footage.
The Springboks believe they now have the ability to select two different test teams, one for each hemisphere.
South African Rugby Union chief executive Jurie Roux raised that possibility as former Super Rugby outfits the Southern Kings and Cheetahs get set to play in Europe's Pro 14 championship.
The Springboks believe they have the depth to field two national teams.
The Springboks believe they have the depth to field two national teams. Photo: AP
"From a rugby point of view, we now have the opportunity to adapt to conditions in the north quicker. The first game of the autumn is really a tough test match because of not being used to those conditions and the environment," Roux told The Telegraph.
"Now in terms of preparing our players for the conditions of the north, you might end up seeing two different Springbok sides being selected; one for inbounds (the June test series) and the Rugby Championship, and one for outbounds (European tours) in conditions that are completely different, and choosing players paced for that."
South Africa, who regularly lose star players to rich European and Japanese clubs, are already eager to expand their official northern resources.
Jourie said his organisation's ambition was to have eight professional franchises in South Africa and have four of those playing in Super Rugby and the other four in Europe.
"I can promise you that if we had more teams to move [into Europe] at this stage then we would do so. There is a massive interest," Roux said.
"We envisage two more franchises in South African rugby in the near future with the opportunity to play in the north.
Why for the test in Salta?Boks go RED for Argentina Test http://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/Springboks/boks-go-red-for-argentina-test-20170808