Cape Town - The South African Rugby Union (SARU) has clarified why the Springbok logo will not appear on the front of the team’s jersey at the Rugby World Cup later this year.
In a press release on Friday, SARU reiterated that it was temporary relocation to conform to the contractual requirements of the tournament organisers.
This placement only applies to World Rugby events and was first communicated by SARU in October 2010.
The Springbok logo has been placed on the left sleeve of the playing jersey at all subsequent Rugby World Cup men’s women’s, Sevens and Under-20 tournaments.
Other nations - such as Australia - also relocate their team emblem to the jersey sleeve for World Cup events, SARU stated.
The placement is not determined by the apparel sponsor - it is an inevitable consequence of the current regulations.
The 2015 Rugby World Cup, to be staged in England and Wales, runs from September 18-October 31.
Jean de Villiers (Picture: Springboks on Facebook)