The Springboks are traditionally one of the first teams to reveal their Rugby World Cup jerseys every cycle, and for RWC2019, they’ve stolen a march on everyone else by being the first team to launch their jersey for Japan.

Once again, Japanese firm ASICS is supplying the famous green and gold jersey for the tournament – the company has been the SARU kit supplier since 2014 and recently renewed their deal until 2024.

The Bok jersey has remained pretty clean and classic throughout ASICS’s time with them, and that’s certainly the case this year – there’s no prominent gold arm stripes or anything so unconventional here.

What we do have is a striking modern neckline with an angular white placket and gold collar. Other than that, we have some gold stripes on the sides and in the middle of the back, but that’s about it.

The Springbok change shirts have usually been a simple green-for-white swap, but in the last few years ASICS have at tried something a little bit different… and here they have again, kinda.

It might look white at first glance, but instead it’s a slightly odd (but not in a bad way) shade of off-white, with green stripes and a gold collar.

While the unconventional collar might be enough to put some purists off, ASICS have always been at their best when they’re trying to be a bit more modern, and so it is here.

These shirts hit the sweet spot between being clean and classy, while at the same time feeling contemporary in the right way.



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