New tech for new Bok jersey

2013-08-28 22:30
Jurie Roux and Motoi Oyama (Gallo Images)

Captaining the Boks

2013-08-28 12:37

Watch Jean de Villiers talk about captaining the Springboks in this interview.

Johannesburg - Springbok players could well be receiving individualised jerseys to suit their body types and individual needs in the coming years if technology continues its current trend.

GALLERY: Overseas Springbok XV

According to the supersport.com website, South African Rugby Union CEO Jurie Roux hinted at this possibility as his organisation closed a six year deal with new kit sponsor Asics in Johannesburg on Tuesday, after the new sponsor promised to deliver groundbreaking technological advances to the jersey before the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Roux said any new developments on the jersey would have to abide with the IRB Regulations, but that he is sure that the Japanese company want to cement their move into rugby by ensuring that they make a big impact in the game.

Asics have said they want to 'reinvent the World Cup' and have promised a revolutionary new jersey by the time the showpiece tournament comes around and have put their impressive Kobe Sports Institute to the Boks assistance to get this right.

"We have to do it using the IRB Regulations.

"Guys have tried to design little hooks on pants and it wasn’t allowed.

"You need a balance.

"You need guys to slip when they try and tackle you and you need grip when you want to pick up someone in the lineout.

"I’m sure we’ll get to those technical aspects and they will do the best they can do.

"I’m sure at the high end at the Springboks you’ll get to the point where you’ll get individual jerseys based on individual needs.

"For the next tier you’ll have a generic one, but technically possibly the best generic one.

"The scrum will always be an issue.

"You can ask 10 front row players and they’ll give you 10 different answers on what they want."

Alistair Cameron, president and CEO of ASICS EMEA, said his company would be putting a lot of effort into the new jersey when it is launched later this year.

"The opportunity is to take everything we’ve done in the past and apply that to rugby.

"Its an awful lot of work, but we have 100 scientists in our laboratory in Kobe, Japan to do that.

"It is a priority and for the past five months we have had teams from all areas of our business working on this.

"They are very excited at the prospect," Cameron said.

Roux said the Boks would be looking for a state of the art jersey from their new suppliers to ensure they get the extra 1% to improve their performance.

"What you want is that extra 1%.

"In the end the top 4/5 teams in the world all have good players, coaches and are all fit.

"What you need is that extra 1%.

"What they’ve done with the French Athletic Federation we hope to do with the Springboks.

"They would help with purpose designed apparel to give us that extra 1%," he added.

The Springbok Sevens will be the first to wear the new kit in January at the Las Vegas Sevens.

Read more on:    springboks  |  saru  |  jurie roux  |  johannesburg  |  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 17:00
12 November 2016
England v South Africa, Twickenham 16:30
19 November 2016
Italy v South Africa, Stadio Artemio Franchi 16:00
26 November 2016
Wales v South Africa, Principality Stadium 19:30

How will the Springboks fare in their three end of year tour Tests against England, Italy and Wales?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


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.