2 Dec 2008

Protea added to South African rugby jersey

6:01 pm on 2 December 2008

South Africa's world champion rugby team might not be the Springboks any more, after an impassioned national debate on changing the 102-year-old emblem which critics say smacks of the apartheid era.

The South African Rugby Union and the sports ministry have agreed that the team will adopt the symbol used by all the other national teams, the King Protea flower.

The Springbok though will remain on the jerseys although the timing of the change to the new jersey is still under discussion, mainly for logistical reasons.