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Boks are okay seeing red

Team doctor Konrad von Hagen and senior player Jaco Kriel pitched for a press conference call in Port Elizabeth on Monday wearing the customary dark green, but that colour will make way for red later in the week when they prepare to face the Pumas in Salta.

The decision to agree to a request to showcase the drive for unity in South Africa by wearing a red kit in the return clash with Argentina caused a storm on social media last week, but according to Kriel, it is not an issue within the camp.

“I haven’t seen the red jerseys yet, I have only seen them on social media,” said Kriel when he was asked if the team had had a chance yet to try on their new kit.

According to Kriel, the pride of representing the country outweighed everything else and made the colour of the jersey a non-issue in the camp.

“We are all proud to represent our country and it doesn’t matter what colour the jersey is, we will be proud to wear it if that is the colour that signifies us as a team representing our country on the day,” said the flanker.

“It is such an honour to play for our country, and we feel so blessed. Only a small number of people get to feel the pride of representing the whole nation. As small boys we all wanted to play for our country, to represent the whole nation. We grew up wanting that, and that is what is important to us. I haven’t seen the jersey yet but when I do wear it I will do so with pride.”


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