The Asics home and away kits that will be worn by the South Africa Springboks at the 2015 Rugby World Cup was recently launched in Cape Town. In the familiar home green and alternate white of two-time RWC champions, the new shirts are now on sale at World Rugby Shop, Lovell Rugby and Kitbag.
According to SA Rugby: The launch of the iconic jersey is the culmination of months of hard work by scientists at the ASICS Institute of Sport Science in Kobe, Japan, in collaboration with the South African Rugby Union (SARU).
Jean de Villiers, Tendai Mtawarira, Eben Etzebeth, Bismarck du Plessis, Duane Vermeulen, Willie le Roux, Cornal Hendricks and Pat Lambie took part in an extensive testing programme in Japan to fine tune the final product. They were accompanied by Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer and other members of the management team.
The main aims in the design of the Springboks’ apparel were to reduce weight without compromising on strength. The jersey for the 2015 Rugby World Cup will be the lightest ever worn by South Africa, at 70 grams lighter than any previous jersey.
It also has smooth surface making it harder than ever before to keep hold of in the tackle, while an area which has seen significant development after player insight is the Super-Grip silicone which features on the chest of the jersey.
The South Africa 2015 Rugby World Cup Asics home and away jersey will be available in Test versions that are identical to those worn by the Boks on the pitch. Replica jerseys carrying the look of the Test kits but without much of their technology will serve as a cheaper alternative for fans.