Bok emblem moves to sleeve

2010-10-01 11:24

Cape Town - The South African Rugby Union announced on Friday the outcome of deliberations regarding the placement of logos and emblems on the playing jersey of South African teams at IRB World Cup events.

Several months of discussions took place with the relevant regulatory authorities before the Executive Council ruled on the management of the placing of the Springbok logo on team jerseys.

To conform to all contractual and legislative requirements the Springbok logo will be placed on the left sleeve of the playing jersey for the duration of Rugby World Cup tournaments. This temporary switch only applies to IRB events and mirrors the approach of other international unions.

“The decision was very straight forward in the end as our attempts to find a place for the Springbok on the front of the jersey failed to find favour,” said Dr Jan Marais, chairperson of the Executive Council. “We were left with no choice and the important point to note is that this application will only be for IRB World Cup events.”

Dr Marais explained that a maximum of three marks are allowed on the front of a team jersey at IRB World Cup events: a nation’s national emblem (on the left breast); the event mark (right breast) and the logo of the apparel sponsor (centre).

SARU explored the possibility of applying a fourth mark - the Springbok badge - either in conjunction with the national emblem of the King Protea or with that of apparel sponsor Canterbury, but both ideas were rejected.

“The IRB’s regulations and those of the National Colours Act are both clear and although we held discussions to look at options the cleanest solution was to put the Springbok on the sleeve on its own,” said Dr Marais.

The solution matches that of Australia. Their Wallaby logo is placed on the sleeve of their World Cup playing jersey to accommodate the IRB’s tournament mark.

The new placement was first applied by the Springbok Women’s team at the recent Women’s Rugby World Cup in England (see attached picture of Lorinda Brown, courtesy Gallo Images). 

The Springboks’ World Cup jersey - specially designed to a high-tech specification by Canterbury - featuring all the applicable badges and trademarks will be unveiled in July 2011.


  • anti flower power - 2010-10-01 11:28

    WTF ? - Rather move the &%@^& protea !!!

  • Juan - 2010-10-01 11:31

    A flower on the chest? Wow that's just pathetic. Wonder if absa has anything to do with this?

  • M Lawrie - 2010-10-01 11:33

    Its all gone pear-shaped. At the 2015 RWC the emblem will has migrated to the left a** cheek.

  • Martin - 2010-10-01 11:34

    And so it begins..........

  • THE MAN - 2010-10-01 11:35

    viva amandla best news ever although they could have maybe relegated the emblem to the back side area or the bottom of the sox....hahahahaha amandla transformation is happening amandla

  • LRJ - 2010-10-01 11:35

    Swak, the next one is off the jearsy

  • Bokkie - 2010-10-01 11:35

    At least it's still there.. somewhere!

  • Nic The Greek - 2010-10-01 11:36

    Absolutely shocking!

  • potch Boytjie - 2010-10-01 11:40

    IRB's decision is fine as long as every country can only have one anthem or warcry before any match. Why is the Haka as part of New-Zealands rugby tradition enforced to such an extent, but the springbok and other countries heritage ignored? If the springbok can only be placed on the sleave, the Haka can only be performed in the changeroom...

  • Springbok - 2010-10-01 11:40

    Why does the Canterbury logo hold more respect then the Springbok logo, it aint even a SA brand! They are a sponsor and they should have moved to the sleeve.

  • Brandon Faber - 2010-10-01 11:40

    So? It's not anything new. Australia have to do the same since they, too, have two logos. The additional IRB logo for the WC means something has to move. Really not a big deal this.

  • Greg - 2010-10-01 11:41

    I am the hell in with this continued degeneration of anything and everything we grew up loving. can we not be left with a few things to keep us motivated in a country that seems hell-bent on whipping the very people that pay all the taxes and keep the country going.

  • Wazza - 2010-10-01 11:43

    Remove that stupid protea emblem which has no link to Springbok rugby but an ANC logo and then you'll have space for the Bok on the front of the jersey. How dumb is it going to sound when my son says to me one day "Dad when I grow up I want be a protea rugby player" No wonder we can not beat the All Blacks and Aussies, our side has flower power behind it.

  • The Godfather - 2010-10-01 11:45

    This would never have been a problem if the goverment hadn't insisted that the stupid protea be placed on the jersey in the first place. Never before has a Springbok team taken the field without the springbok emblem on the chest. Who cares what the Aussies are doing. It's a disgrace.

  • Porra - 2010-10-01 11:46

    And the brain dead management at SA Rugby never thought of this before????? We never played in a World Cup before and this rule was never used before? Sounds like another useless excuse for a useless bunch! No wonder the Boks are so useless, managed by another useless bunch! Normal people call this forward vision. Please send this to SA Rugby!

  • Craig - 2010-10-01 11:46

    Dr Craven must be turning in his grave, time to support someone else because the Boks are not playing next year!

  • Big Business - 2010-10-01 11:47

    That's big business for you! enough space for sponsors logos and other crap but not for the Springbok! Where to next? On the players underwear? I think it is a disgrace!

  • Shaun - 2010-10-01 11:49

    I will not be buying that jersey!!!!!!

  • Ruan - 2010-10-01 11:49

    Its a sad day :-(

  • Philip - 2010-10-01 11:50

    I wonder what would happen if all the people actually supporting the SPRINGBOKS would stop supporting? Then they can continue with the Proteas and perform like Bafana, in other words a pathetic bunch of losers.

  • Edmund - 2010-10-01 11:50

    They are called "The Springboks" for sucks fake! Move that stupid flower, or go make a dry flower arrangement with it! Whats wrong with you people!? Why kick a sleeping lion in the nuts? You're gonna get bitten!

  • BC - 2010-10-01 11:50

    Enjoy it while you can 'THE MAN' there will be nothing to celebrate in the future much like Bafana Bafana. It's time the politicians tried to build something rather than tear it down!

  • AA - 2010-10-01 11:50

    The current state of rugby and controversy around coach, sponsor (ABSA) and performance probably justify that the Springbok is taken off altogether. The brand and memories are to great to be tainted by ABSA, PdV and transformation (read quotas).The SPRINGBOK is too good to be assosiated with the current mess our rugby is in.

  • SCOOTER - 2010-10-01 11:51

    So What!!!!Will only be for 4 matches - Proteas won't survive 1 st round!! GO ALL BLACKS!!

  • Pire - 2010-10-01 11:53

    Well, to be fair...SARU have made so many mistakes in the past few months that this can only be seen as a distraction. Ruby in SA does not have a bright future. More and more guys will rather opt for overseas after school. Even the current players opt for overseas. It is said that they go for the money, but I recon its rather pride. Playing for a club with a history is better than playing for a country with no soul left. If we let the packer in the warehouse do my job, then our company will last maybe 2 months before shutting down...If you have clowns running the show you know you are at the circus.

  • Steve - 2010-10-01 11:55

    Great, now I have more weekends free and some extra disposable income i can spend on other activities. I am finished with South African rugby, they can transform it and manipulate it for their own political gain as much as they want.

  • Citizen@The MAN - 2010-10-01 11:55

    Transformation is just another word for racism. I think they must change the name of Bafana Bafana to Banana Banana because it reflects their competence.

  • happy face - 2010-10-01 11:58

    Thank you. Next to go is the name Spingboks. It still belongs to the apartheid era.

  • de Waal - 2010-10-01 11:59

    Why don't the powers that be leave rugby alone. They have made a mess of everything that they touch. To select de Villiers purely because he is "black" is pathetic but mission accomplished for them because they have successfully stuffed up the one thing that all south Africans could be proud of; the best rugby team in the world.

  • Kolkas - 2010-10-01 11:59

    Have you D*****n even read the Article? This has nothing to do with ABSA, government or SARU, and the Wallabies have to do it Also, with the "halfpint" kangaroo moving to the Sleeve. This is the IRBs' doing. And, its only for the World Cup.

  • Pieter - 2010-10-01 11:59

    Let's all boycott this and decide that we will not be buying this jersey...oh... and let's make it clear to all who asks that we are ding this. I agree they could just put it on the chest instead of the manufacturer's logo.

  • richard - 2010-10-01 12:00

    how much money in jersey sales will this cost Canterbury and smart move you CCC logo and win some points with the people who buy your jerseys..simple!!

  • JP - 2010-10-01 12:01

    That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard of. Supposed to wear the emblem over you heart. SARU ar the most inconsistent and unpatriotic organisation in world sport. Pathetic!

  • Gerard@THE MAN - 2010-10-01 12:01


  • Johan - 2010-10-01 12:04

    Maybe someone should buy out Canterbury and change the name to Springbok clothing. Then we'll have the springbok on in the centre of ALL countries jerseys...

  • Springbok Supporter - 2010-10-01 12:06

    If the same laws are applicable to the supporter jerseys - Take note I won't purchase any springbok jersey with the springbok emblem on the sleeve. The government and South African Rugby Union and suppliers of the jerseys must remeber how is buying the jerseys.

  • IZ IT - 2010-10-01 12:07


  • SCOOTER - 2010-10-01 12:08

    So What!!!!Will only be for 4 matches - Proteas won't survive 1 st round!! GO ALL BLACKS!!

  • Jeremy - 2010-10-01 12:09

    We all say let's do something but when push comes to shove, we all run like babies!! I suggest we all boycott the Tri Nations games. Let's see how far they get with our jackass coach in empty stadiums!!!

  • MIKE - 2010-10-01 12:10


  • Bra Tiger - 2010-10-01 12:11

    Now we're transforming, the new jersey looks awesome and the prominent emblem is one that represents the whole country not just a small section of the previously elite, either accept that things have changed or go to Orania and take your bokkie with you

  • skywalker - 2010-10-01 12:11

    Where can I buy an All Black jersey with a proud silver fern that means something?

  • the man who hate the bigot THE MAN - 2010-10-01 12:12

    Hey everyone look the RACIST BIGOT THE MAN has something to say, does anyone actually care what this RACIST IMBECILE says......zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Yip thought not Dude you are an embarrassment to your culture, now run along and go catch that PUTCO bus to go herd your cattle on that hill far far away in RACIST land K4

  • fred - 2010-10-01 12:13

    Notice that the poor antelope is facing backwards, pretty much in the same direction Springbok rugby is moving at the moment.

  • Bra Tiger - 2010-10-01 12:13

    Now we're transforming, the new jersey looks awesome and the prominent emblem is one that represents the whole country not just a small section of the previously elite, either accept that things have changed or go to Orania and take your bokkie with you

  • Camel Man - 2010-10-01 12:13

    Common guys, its only for the world cup, which is going to be our worse, ever. Then the Bokkie will be back where it belongs, with a new coach, new players. BOKKE!!!!

  • dilligaf - 2010-10-01 12:13

    Nobody has asked "why the RWC logo?". While I agree the ccc label should be on the sleeve (they've paid to be there) there's no reason the RWC needs to further punt itself on the jersey. FFS, we all know what we're watching.

  • @ THE MAN - 2010-10-01 12:14

    You stupid itiot. Why do you always want to take it back to colour! You probably dont even know how a rugby ball looks like!

  • The Ice-man - 2010-10-01 12:15

    Is this another Polictical they not have anything else better to do than to worry where the emblem should be ?

  • Gustav - 2010-10-01 12:16

    Erm, Australia has do the the same thing, it's procedure for the tournament. Can we stop with the pathetic knee-jerk Oppresive Government reactions, please?