Remember when the Proteas also wore red?

2017-08-25 14:30
Lance Klusener (Getty)

Cape Town - The Springboks will play in red when they take on Argentina in Salta on Saturday night - a decision that has not gone down so well with some passionate South African rugby supporters. 

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The once-off initiative is aimed at doing something special for SA Rugby's celebration of 25 years post-isolation Test rugby, but it will certainly be strange to see the Boks in what looks to be a bright red. 

But they will not be the first national team to don that colour. 

The South African cricket team wore red on a tour to Australia back in 1997/98 that saw them play in an ODI series against the hosts and New Zealand. 

Hansie Cronje was captain at the time, but that team featured the likes of Lance Klusener, Shaun Pollock, Allan Donald, Dave Richardson, Pat Symcox and Jonty Rhodes. 

South Africa made it to the business end of the series where they played Australia in a best-of-three final, losing 2-1. 

The kit never stuck, and the Proteas were soon back in a more familiar green strip. 

On Saturday, it will be the Springboks' turn to wear red. 

Shaun Pollock struggling after being bashed by a diving Stephen Fleming (Getty Images)

A young Jacques Kallis finished the series with 378 runs at an average of 34.36 (Getty Images)

Lance Klusener celebrates a wicket (Getty Images)

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