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