Rugby Championship

SIX jerseys worse than the Boks' red attire

2017-08-25 11:38

Cape Town - It's safe to say that not everyone is pleased with the Springboks' red attire for their Rugby Championship Test against Argentina in Salta in Saturday.

Kick-off is at 21:40 SA time.

The jersey has been commissioned to mark the 25th anniversary of rugby unity in South Africa.

The Springboks traditionally play in a white away jersey - and normally only when there is a colour clash against Ireland.

The decision to play in red has been met with critical reaction from the South African rugby public as well as former national coach Jake White and former Bok legend Bakkies Botha.

In the build-up to Saturday's encounter, current Bok flank Jaco Kriel defended the red jersey saying that it will be an honour to wear it in Salta.

Here is a look at SIX other cringe-worthy rugby jerseys down the ages:

1. Leicester Tigers - 2012

Leicester decided to blend their animal's print in the club's traditional 'home' colours and although we can applaud their effort, it looks horrible on the eye!

It looks like something one might wear to go scuba diving, especially fitting so tight.

2. Melbourne Rebels - 2014

The Rebels launched their 'indigenous jersey' which was worn against the Reds in Super Rugby in 2014.

It seems they were set the challenge of fitting as many spots, colours and body parts into one kit as possible...

3. Perpignan - 2010

Anyone else look at this and think of Niknaks?

The French rugby club's third distinctive shirt, which is used in European competitions like the European Champions Cup, tried to visually combine the home and away jerseys, but it just looks like a hot mess!

4. Crusaders - 2009

The eight-time reigning Super Rugby champions attempted to put a sword down the middle of their jerseys back in 2009.

While playing in their "normal" red and black kit made them a terrifying prospect, in grey it looked questionable and just plain ugly...

Let's just say thank goodness for change.

5. Stade Francais - 2008

The French club are known for their gloriously "out there" jerseys.

In 2008, they featured faces of 13th century heroine Blanche de Castille, the wife of King Louis VIII, in a multi-coloured design "in the fashion of Andy Warhol" that just became too much.

6. Bulls - 2014

The Bulls channelled the bush with the camouflage jerseys for their 2014 Super Rugby campaign. With many Bulls supporters avid hunters, they probably thought the jersey would go down well with the Loftus faithful.

Alas, they fooled no one, finishing ninth in the 15-team standings.

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