High-tech Bok jersey unveiled

2013-04-11 20:02
Springbok logo (File)
Cape Town - A new high-tech Springbok jersey for the 2013 season has been unveiled at a function here at the Castle of Good Hope on Thursday evening.

An array of current Springbok stars, former players and celebrities gathered for the launch of the most innovative, cutting-edge jersey in the Springboks' history, with supporters also benefitting from the design-change for a new supporters’ jersey.

“A lot of hard work has gone into producing the new jersey, which should benefit the Boks this year,” SARU CEO, Jurie Roux, commented. “It will also be attractive to supporters to back the team by getting their hands on the new, official supporters gear.”

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Du Toit Botes, GM of designers, Canterbury SA, said fans will be able to wear a near carbon copy to what the Boks will play in.

“As our new banknotes carry a watermark, so our supporters will carry the Springbok embossing on their chests.

“Previously, the embossing was only found on the back neck of the Springboks’ Test jersey. For the first time ever, the supporters will carry the mark on their chests.

“The embossing will also be a clear indication of authentic jerseys and our unified fight against crime. Pledge your support to the Springboks and buy original.”

In anticipation of the new jersey’s release, thousands of fans went shirtless during an innovative online campaign. Apart from all the pictures and videos sent in as part of the competition, a number of Springboks, amongst them Jean de Villiers, Bryan Habana, Schalk Burger, Eben Etzebeth and Juan de Jongh, visited a Cape Town factory and actually helped make a jersey.

“I've played in a number of Springbok jerseys over the years, but I’m not going to lie to you - I'm very excited to play in the new Springbok jersey," said Habana, the Springbok record holder for the most Test tries.

The new jersey will be available to the public from Friday, dubbed the “Ultimate BokDay”, where a number of current and past Springboks will be involved in two signing sessions - one at the Amphitheatre at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, and the other at the piazza in Eastgate Shopping Centre, Johannesburg.

Both signing sessions will run from 14:00 to 16:00, while supporters will be able to buy their jerseys and get them signed by some of their favourite players.

New features in the jersey include:

•    State-of-the-art materials and blends (93% polyester and 7% elastane).
•    Fewer panels and seams, providing extra comfort, ease of movement and stretch, as well as lighter weight and higher energy output.
•    Ultimate body-mapping fit, thanks to a newly constructed Loop 21.1 neckline.
•    Only one fabric used for both the body and the sleeves.
•    Bold design for players and supporters.
•    Authentic and easily recognisable.

Jean de Villiers in the new Springbok supporters' jersey (Photo supplied by SARU).

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