South Africa have revealed a controversial new alternate jersey that the Springboks will wear in the forthcoming Rugby Championship. 

In a break from tradition, the change shirt is neither white nor gold, and is instead red for the first time ever. This unusual colour choice isn’t a random one, however.



The jersey has been commissioned to mark 25 years of rugby unity in South Africa, and combined with the traditional green home shirt, and the blue and gold training jerseys, represents the four primary colours of the South African flag.

The new jersey will be worn for the first time against Argentina in The Rugby Championship, but will also be worn against Ireland in Dublin on the 11 November. This move is unconventional, as in test rugby the home side usually wears their change shirt in case of a clash, but the two teams have opted to swap roles on this occasion.