While watching the anthems at tomorrow’s Boks v Wales match you may notice during the performance of our anthem some Bok supporters clutching either their right breast with their left hand, or clutching their left sleeve with their right.
Let me explain…
Our jersey for over a hundred years has looked like the one depicted on the left, Springbok emblem over the heart (it was combined with a Protea perhaps 10 years or so ago.)
Not good enough for the power crazed ANC government, they insisted that we ditch the Springbok and replace it with the Protea, as our cricketers and (I think) all other national sports have.
Our rugby board obviously had tremendous pressure placed on them by the politicians and agreed but in order to prevent full scale fall-out compromised by placing the Springbok on the other side. Still on the front but over the right breast! like this…
I often see supporters clutching their right breast during the singing of the anthems, most recently by a black S.African in the pub where I took my Diptych photographs, immediately prior to the August 20 All black test match, so there’s one in the eye for the ANC meddlers.
However, the IRB only allow 3 emblems on the front of rugby jerseys and during the world cup one of them has to be the RWC 2011 insignia, one the makers name and as explained above the third the country’s logo (in our case that ANC designated Protea!)
Realising that the Bokke can’t take to the field without a bok on their shirt our lot decided that win win was to place it on the sleeve, resulting in this…
So, when you see Bok fans clutching either their right breasts or left sleeves it’s not because they don’t know where their heart is nor have they had a heart transplant, it’s about tradition and giving the morons in Cape Town the middle finger!
And no, it isn’t win win for me, I won’t be ‘updating’ mine, I’m quite happy for the Springbok to retain its rightful place on my chest.