One of the more unexpected talking points at the start of the World Cup has been the divided opinions over the Springboks’ alternate kit, which has been described as hyper jade – among other more colourful language.
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However, many social media users have also risen to the occasion and seen the funny side of the jersey design that has drawn many comparisons to Checkers Sixty60 and even Listerine mouth wash.
Seemingly in response to all the online discourse, SA Rugby have explained that “the Springboks are not permitted to wear the green and gold jersey in every Test match – as much as we would like to.”
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Pictured above, there Springboks have THREE kits at the World Cup. The traditional green and gold one, plus two other alternate kits in white and varying quantities of turquoise.
Below is a picture essay detailing which kit South Africa have worn and will wear across their four pool matches against Scotland, Romania, Ireland and Tonga.
SPRINGBOKS’ JERSEYS AT RUGBY WORLD CUP
Game 1: Springboks beat Scotland 18-3
South Africa donned their first alternate jersey, dubbed locally as the ‘Checkers Sixty60’ kit, in their opening match of the tournament in Marseille about nine days ago.
Game 2: Springboks beat Romania 76-0
Normal service resumed in South Africa’s second match when they ran out in the much-loved green and gold against the Romanians in Bordeaux this past Sunday.
Game 3: Springboks vs Ireland
The South African side is not permitted to wear the green and gold jersey in their crucial “Clash of the Titans” against Ireland at the Stade the France this coming Saturday. Instead, the Springboks wear their third-choice kit, which is predominantly white jersey with a dash of turquoise on the chest area, sleeves and around the neck; while the shorts are turquoise.
Game 4: Springboks vs Tonga
The South Africans will round off the pool stage of the 2023 Rugby World Cup in their normal green jersey and white shorts when they come up against Tonga in Marseille on 1 October.