The Springboks’ newly designed jerseys have finally been revealed after months of secrecy and it is the turquoise alternative jersey in particular that is likely to attract attention.
When launching the main jersey and alternative version, SA Rugby said the jerseys feature “the latest in innovation and design” while still complying with “the team’s wishes to respect the traditions of the green and gold”. .
The design of the new jerseys was a well-kept secret after it was announced earlier that Nike would be sponsoring the Boks’ jerseys for the next six years.
“The launch of a new jersey is always exciting, but the anticipation and anticipation of today has been building for months,” says Rian Oberholzer, CEO of Saru.
“We are extremely proud of what Nike has delivered and the feedback from the team is great.
“The new main jersey honors the traditions of the Springboks in its design and construction while adding subtle nuances to set it apart. We couldn’t be happier.”
Comfort, durability and support are some of the core insights that guided the design of the new Spring Breakers.
The jersey is also designed to meet the needs of players. This should not only help keep the Springboks cool and dry, but will also allow enough movement while there is less friction.
Mesh ventilation panels should improve the circulation of air through the jersey and help regulate players’ body temperature.
“Nike’s designers also worked closely with the team to ensure that the design reflects the history of the team and the South African culture,” says Saru.
The original jersey in green and gold has been reimagined and includes a traditional collar that refers to the South African flag at the bottom.
In an attempt to capture the team’s spirit, the words “Stronger Forever” are included on the inside of the collar.
The new alternate jersey pays homage to local cultures thanks to the pattern used. The color scheme is inspired by the shades of the South African landscape.
“We involved the senior leadership group in the approval process and they immediately appreciated what Nike was trying to achieve with the design,” says Oberholzer.
“We look forward to seeing the jerseys in action in the coming weeks, including the alternative jersey that will make its debut in Buenos Aires next month.”
South Africa’s other national sports teams will henceforth also run in Nike jerseys.
The Springboks’ official jersey for the World Cup rugby tournament, which will follow a similar design pattern, will be unveiled next month.
Supporter jerseys are available from Nike stores on Friday for between R999 and R2 599.