South Africans urged to show support with ‘BokFridays’

2015-07-10 08:40
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WITH the Springboks’ international season kicking off tomorrow with a showdown against a World XV in Cape Town, rugby fans’ attention is, inevitably, turning to the Rugby World Cup, which begins on September 18.

Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula yesterday appealed to the public to support the Boks’ attempt to win rugby’s biggest prize for a third time by making every Friday “BokFridays”.

Before the previous World Cup, The Unite Campaign also ran on Fridays, which were termed Bokdays.

“It’s that time of year again where we have to wear our green and gold to support our national pride, the Springboks,” Mbalula said in a statement.

“Corporate South Africa, black, green or yellow, Rainbow Nation, unite behind the Springboks and show your support by wearing the green and gold like me, the Springboks’ number one supporter,” said Mbalula.

Only 11 Fridays remain before the Rugby World Cup tournament kicks off in ­England, with South Africa’s challenge starting a day later against 2019 hosts, Japan, at the 30 750-seater Brighton Community Stadium.

CEO of the South African Rugby Union, Jurie Roux, called on supporters of the national team to turn the country green on each of the remaining Fridays.

“Our campaign for the tournament is #HomeGroundAdvantage,” Roux said.

“It feeds on the belief that passion for the Springboks and the importance of their success to this country runs so deep that wherever the team play they can feel South Africa behind them.”

Roux said it was possible for fans to become even more deeply involved with the World Cup squad, adding: “And those fans who [have] really got the team’s back can go one step further by literally appearing on the players’ jerseys at the tournament.

“We’re asking fans to go to www.homegroundadvantage.co.za and upload a selfie which will appear as part of the number on the back of a Jean de Villiers or Bryan Habana at Brighton, Newcastle, Birmingham or London.”

In addition, fans would be able to buy replicas of the jersey, which feature their selfies in the player number, to make BokFridays unique and original

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