SA Rugby bosses and their New Zealand counterparts will reportedly not adhere to a new policy that enforces a kit change for the Springboks and the All Blacks.
Daily Maverick reports that World Rugby has officially ratified proposed 2021 guidelines to accommodate people who suffer from colour vision deficiency (CVD), more commonly known as colour-blindness.
It is understood that under this policy, the Boks might have to wear a white strip at this year’s Rugby World Cup if the defending champions play against the likes of the All Blacks or hosts France.
Furthermore, this change means that when the Boks and All Blacks meet after 2025, or even at this year’s World Cup in less than five months’ time, they will never play in their “home” kit.
According to Daily Maverick, SA Rugby has written to World Rugby indicating that it might not follow the protocol demanding light and dark jerseys, with New Zealand Rugby believed to be doing the same.
“While SA Rugby supports World Rugby’s ambition to make rugby as inclusive as possible, we have serious reservations about the potential impacts the application of the colour-blindness regulations may have, and believe they need further interrogation,” SA Rugby acting chief executive Rian Oberholzer is quoted by Daily Maverick.
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