Cape Town - Siya Kolisi, Pieter-Steph du Toit,
Handre Pollard, Aphiwe Dyantyi, Faf de Klerk and their Springbok colleagues
will be lacing up for rugby battle this year with pictures of thousands of
Springbok fans on their backs thanks to the launch of a new campaign on
Supporters are being invited to
visibly rally behind the Springboks by submitting their selfies to be placed in
the playing number on Springbok jerseys for the entire season, including the
Rugby World Cup campaign.
The ‘Faces on Numbers’ initiative
will kick off during the Rugby Championship, when the Springboks
will be in action against the Wallabies, All Blacks and Argentina.
The faces of ordinary supporters,
family members, media and celebrity fans will be inserted into the playing
number of team jerseys for the forthcoming two home Test matches, against the
Wallabies on Saturday, July 20 at Ellis Park in Johannesburg and
against Argentina at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday, August 17 in Pretoria.
Kolisi and a number of his
Springbok team mates broke away from their training camp in Pretoria to visit
Johannesburg-based radio stations on Wednesday morning as part of the Faces on
Numbers launch, talking about the project and encouraging the South African
public to participate.
“It is an exciting project and
what a great way for our fans to show their incredible support for the
Springboks. Their faces will be emblazoned on the back of each team player when
we play in the Rugby Championship and also in Japan,” explained
“I cannot think of a better way
for a Springbok enthusiast to show his passion and support for the team.
Participation is free and anyone can take part, so I would like to see
Springbok supporters from corners of the country jump on-board to be part of
this unique experience .”
So how does it work?
The numbers are manufactured
through the capturing, collation and production of a collage of photos, inside
the numbers of the official team jersey that their Springbok heroes will be
wearing on match day.
- It’s free for all South Africans and
all you need to do is register at www.springboks.rugby
- There are three ways to get your face
on a Springbok jersey:
1. By means of a lottery system - you
have to register on www.springboks.rugby
2. Winning a spot via the weekly
competition on www.springboks.rugby
3. By purchasing a replica Springbok
RWC jersey on www.springboks.rugby which will guarantee
your spot. Your new jersey will be printed with your photograph on it.
- Supporters can also purchase a
limited edition Springbok supporters’ jersey with their photograph printed
on the back.
- Approximately 10 000 South African
faces are needed for the RWC group stage matches, so there are plenty of
opportunities for Springbok fans to join and show their support for the