By MH Staff - Posted on 8th April 2014
A compilation of all the shades of green and gold that the Springboks have worn during their most iconic moments.
1 In the beginning . . .
The Springbok emblem originated in 1906. Springbok manager John Carden believed that when the team arrived in the UK for their first ever tour abroad, the English press would invent some “funny” name for them. Not wanting to be labelled by the Brits, the team decided to call themselves the Springboks. The 1905 jersey was described as being "myrtle green with a gold collar."
2 1995 Springbok Jersey
The most famous rugby jersey of all time was not worn by a rugby player. As every Springbok fan can tell you, Nelson Mandela donned the no. 6 Springbok jersey at the Rugby World Cup final (same number as captain Francois Pienaar). The jersey, together with the memory of Joel Stransky pulling off THAT dropkick, remains entrenched in our rugby history.
3 Tri Nation Champions
The Springbok's bellow par performances post 1995 World Cup thankfully came to an end when the team coached by Nick Mallet won the Tri Nations for the first time. A tournament, which had up to then been dominated by New Zealand.
4 World Champions Again
When Jake White took over in 2004 following the Springbok's early exit at the previous year's World Cup, the team was ranked 6th in the world. Four years later they beat the reigning World Cup Champions England twice to claim the William Web Ellis trophy for a second time.
5 The 2014 Jersey
After years of being kitted by Canterbury, SARU announced ASICS as the team’s new kit sponsor. SARU believes that together with ASICS the Springbok can become a truly global brand.