Following the release of the Springboks’ limited-edition jersey for the end-of-year tour, where does it rank among the unique kits donned by other nations and clubs?
The Springboks’ official jersey sponsor, Asics, announced that the team will wear the ‘African imprint’ jersey in one of the three Tests of the November tour of the United Kingdom.
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It is not the first time that the Springboks have donned a uniquely designed jersey, having worn a red jersey in the 2017 Rugby Championship match against Argentina, to commemorate 25 years of rugby unity in South Africa.
One of South Africa’s most successful clubs, the Vodacom Bulls, have also had a penchant for releasing unique kits, including a khaki green and brown camouflage away kit for the 2014 Super Rugby season and a pink top for the 2012 Super Rugby season.
Staying in South Africa, the Bulls’ southern rivals, the Stormers, did not exactly cover themselves in glory with their 2018 Super Rugby kit, which was self-manufactured.
Looking further abroad, Stade Francais have also pushed the fashion boundaries, but perhaps none more so than when they released this shocker in 2007. The Paris-based rugby club’s design featured the face of Parisienne 13th-century heroine Blanche de Castille, the wife of Louis VIII, in a multi-coloured design described by club publicists as “in the fashion of Andy Warhol”.
More recently, Stade’s local rivals Racing 92 polarised opinion with their radical new home shirt for the 2021-22 season, which featured a fresh interpretation of the blue-and-white rings.
Last, but certainly not least, the Namibia Eagles RFC drew attention with this cow-inspired effort in 2011.