The South African Rugby Union have taken a decision to recognise the Protea as the national emblem and move the Springbok off the heart of the national rugby jersey.
Afrikaans Sunday newspaper Sondag reported that SARU took the decision last week at a President’s Council meeting, but did not announce it as they still wanted to communicate the decision in a discussion with Sports Minister Makhenkesi Stofile.
At the extraordinary meeting, SARU decided that they recognise the need for the King Protea to be on the World Champions’ jersey as the national emblem.
But the team will still be known as the Springboks and the Springbok emblem will be emblazoned on the right side of the jersey in future.
However, the organisation was requesting a meeting with the Sports Minister to sort out logistical issues, the newspaper said, as the pending Sports Act stipulates that no emblem may be bigger than the national emblem on any sporting jersey.
This would mean that the Protea would be bigger than the Springbok on the national rugby jersey.
There was also uncertainty as to how this pertained to the sponsor’s logos on the jersey, the newspaper added.
SARU President Oregan Hoskins confirmed the Springbok issue was discussed by the Presidents Council.
“We did discuss it and we need to have a discussion with the Sports Minister now. We don’t want to make any announcements before we have talked to him,” Hoskins told the newspaper.
The old jersey may still be in play until after the British and Irish Lions tour, the newspaper added, as the orders for national jerseys are nine months in advance and any change would take that long to implement.Tweet