Springboks to play in Absa red

The Springboks will be debuting a new red and gold kit when they take to the field against Wales on 14 June.

The new kit is of the highest standard. The striking red colour evokes feelings of passion, strength, courage and power. Saru said that the change from traditional green to red had not been done without some soul-searching.

'We are an innovative company and we would be foolish if we did not look at ways to move the game forward. There is always a risk of being dated and we thought there was no better time to make this announcement – before the new jersey is unveiled later this month,' said Saru CEO Jurie Roux.

David Wingfield, head of marketing at Barclays Africa said: 'The Springboks have a long legacy of tradition, which is part of the history of South Africa. We whole heartedly support this heritage and as the official sponsor of the team, are excited to be involved in this new departure.'

Wingfield said that the team had ushered in a new era under coach Heyneke Meyer and the evolution of that team was symbolised in the new red and gold kit. He added: 'This is mirrored in Absa’s belief in constant innovation. The Springboks playing in red and gold will add that additional dimension to South African rugby.'

'We are hugely honoured to have the South African national rugby team now playing in the Absa brand colours,' said Wingfield. 'This is indicative of the synergy and partnership between the Saru and Absa brands.'

APRIL FOOL'S! The launch of the new-look green and gold kit is scheduled to take place on Thursday, 24 April when it will be modelled and revealed to the public at an exclusive event in Cape Town.

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