Wearing a Springbok jersey on a Friday started as a rallying call to get the nation to stand together in support of our national rugby team. It has evolved over time as the team and its results also evolved, becoming more consistent and assured. This Springbok team has reinstalled pride in the jersey and made it a unifying and hope inspiring symbol. South Africans could use something to hold on to these days, that’s for sure.
It has been 2 years since the Springboks were crowned Rugby World Cup champions and since gaining the title, they have never been able to play in front of their home FANs. Covid has denied the Springbok FANs living in South Africa, the privilege and glory of watching their very own home grown, all conquering champions. During these FAN barren years for rugby in South Africa, we have had to watch from a distance once again as our boys lifted the nations spirits by beating a very fired up British & Irish Lions team. This was also on the brink of cancellation due to Covid, which would have made the covid days even darker for all involved in the South African rugby environment.
The Springboks will take on Wales, in a three-test series, the first of which kicks off on Saturday at a sold-out Loftus Versfeld. This Friday might be the most eagerly awaited Bok Friday since the inception of the concept. The beacon of hope that is this current Springbok team are “as usual” playing more than just a game of rugby. As FANs and a nation, we need something to look forward to, something that we can be genuinely united and proud about.
There is a saying, “It is always darkest before the light”. This weekend represents that ray of light cutting through the darkness. Springbok FANs across the world will be preparing their Springbok jerseys and deciding which one to wear on which day. In that very moment a feeling will run through the body and a wry smile will flash across the face, because in that very moment the FANatic in you comes alive. There will be an extra bounce in the step, the smiles will be a bit warmer, and the green and gold Bok jersey’s will be out in their thousands this Friday.
Sportsnation will be at Loftus Versfeld to welcome our boys in green and gold back. Sportsnation will be growing its herd as they will be hosting a number of esteemed Alpacaneers in a suite at Loftus Versfeld for this momentous occasion. To be part of the herd for the Springboks v All Blacks match at Ellis Park on the 13th of August, get yourself ahead of the herd and book your tickets now. Visit www.sportsnation-travel.co.za or email email@example.com #LetUsTakeYouThere.