Hoskins calls for RWC support

2015-08-20 18:06
Oregan Hoskins (File)

Cape Town - South Africans can show their support for the nation’s bid to win the Rugby World Cup by wearing green on Bok Fridays, said Oregan Hoskins, president of the South African Rugby Union (SARU) on Thursday.

Hoskins reiterated the call to action with just four Fridays remaining before the Springboks open their campaign against Japan in Brighton, England on September 19.

“The time has come to rally behind the coach and team and show our support for the Springboks’ campaign to bring the Rugby World Cup back to South Africa,” said Hoskins.

“There’s no more visible way of doing that than by pulling on your Bok jersey on Fridays to proudly show your support for the team’s hopes of making all South Africa proud.

“We want to turn green the factories, the shops and offices and malls of South Africa each week so that the boys know that the country has got their backs.”

Supporters can “have” the team’s back in the literal sense in a special World Cup initiative. SARU has created a website (www.HomeGroundAdvantage.co.za) where supporters can upload a “selfie” for inclusion in the playing number of one of the Boks’ jerseys at the tournament.

“When the Springboks take to the field, not only will they be carrying the hopes and dreams of a nation, but they will physically be carrying the images of everyday South African fans with them,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SARU).

The initiative captures the essence of the #HomeGroundAdvantage campaign. It reflects the sense that the South African passion for a winning Springbok team goes beyond the normal boundaries of sports participation to give the team the sense that, wherever they play in the world, they have a nation at their backs.

Hoskins said that he believed that South African rugby fans with their passion for the team and their belief in their prospects would leap at the chance to be a visible part of the Rugby World Cup campaign.

“Heyneke Meyer and the team have my 100% support,” he said.

“Now is the time for the country to join me in rallying behind them to signal our faith in the Springboks by wearing green on Fridays.”

Read more on:    springboks  |  rwc 2015  |  oregan hoskins  |  rugby

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

05 November 2016
Barbarians v South Africa, London 15:00
12 November 2016
England v South Africa, Twickenham 16:30
19 November 2016
Italy v South Africa, Stadio Artemio Franchi 15:00
26 November 2016
Wales v South Africa, Millennium Stadium 19:30

Did Stormers and Springboks lock Pieter-Steph du Toit deserve to be named SA Rugby Player of the Year?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.