South African rugby team to wear ‘No Fear’ T-shirts for first time
South African Rugby Union (SARU) has introduced a new look for its rugby players as part of its “No Fear” campaign in support of the Ebola crisis.
The first players will wear “No FEAR” shirts on the first day of training on Monday, August 8, to mark the first time that South Africa’s players have worn the colour during their international careers.SARL head coach John van der Merwe told the Daily Maverick the shirts will be a “slightly more traditional look”.
“The rugby shirts are a little bit different, so it will be more of a traditional look.
We have a few different things going on, but they are a bit different to the shirt we wore during the recent games in Australia,” van der Mierwe said.”
I think we will have a bit more of that traditional look going into the games, so we will be doing a bit of a ‘no fear’ approach.”
Players have been wearing No Fear shirts on their tour of Australia to promote the campaign.
Van der Merwie said the shirts were not meant to represent a “blanket policy” and the SA Rugby Union was not opposed to players wearing them.
“We want the rugby players to wear a number of different colours and we are not going to have a blanket policy,” he said.
Van de Mierwie stressed that the shirt was not an official uniform and was a personal decision for the players.
“It is a shirt and that is it, no further questions,” he added.
“This is a personal choice and it is a way of saying that we will not be looking for a uniform.
It is about personalisation.
We are not asking you to wear something that we are looking for.”
The team wore No FEAR shirts during a warm-up game against Argentina in Adelaide on August 4.