Boks’ blast from the past

The Springboks will play against Ireland in a 1906-style jersey, dark blue shorts and dark blue socks.

This initiative forms part of the Springbok centenary celebrations. It was 100 years ago that Paul Roos’s ‘Springbokken’ travelled to the UK. Until that point, the national side had simply been known as South Africa.

The special commemorative jersey will be green with a white collar and will not have Sasol or Canterbury logos on it. Both sponsors have apparently given the kit the green light, which is surprising given the value of the exposure.

The only major difference from the 1906 jersey is that the new Bok emblem will be used, as it is representative of black and white rugby. Wearing the old emblem – that only represented white rugby – would have been too controversial.

This original Springbok jersey was used until the 1930s. It was only in 1937, when the Boks played the All Blacks in New Zealand, that the collar became gold, and the shorts white.

The Boks will play in their normal green and gold kit against England at Twickenham.