The season was officially launched this week with the South African teams unveiling their 2020 Super Rugby kits at an event where it was also confirmed that Super Hero Sunday will be played at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.
The four South African franchises unveiled their kits for the upcoming season, showing off their traditional home jerseys alongside the Marvel-Inspired jerseys that featured for the first time in 2019.
SA teams 2020 Super Rugby Kits
The new #GiveItHorns jersey features a repeating pattern of bull heads with interlocking horns in a contrasting shade of blue.
“Vodacom Bulls fans have passed down their love for the team to their children and their children’s children. It’s more than supporting a team – it’s supporting a legacy. This connection is mirrored in the pattern on the shirts – bull horns interlocking to represent how generations of supporters are connected through their shared passion, dedication and love for their team,” said PUMA South Africa Marketing Director Brett Bellinger.
“South African rugby is riding a wave of success and we look forward to seeing World Champion warrior Trevor Nyakane and next generation players Marco van Staden, Lizo Gqoboka and Simphiwe Matanzima giving it horns in the new Vodacom Bulls kit this season.”
Blue Bulls Company CEO Alfons Meyer said: “PUMA have again raised the bar with a design that encompasses what the #BullsFamily is all about. It speaks to our old and new fans, as well as across age groups. We are also excited by our new combined logo, which showcases both the Barberton Daisy and the horns that have defined the Vodacom Bulls in the professional era. This will proudly be displayed on the left chest of the jersey, and will make a bold statement about a team that has been built on a strong heritage, while striving forward and remaining a trend-setter in the industry.”
“Are you ready?” writes Annemie Bester of LionsRugby.co.za.
“Do you feel that heartbeat pulsing through the new Canterbury home jersey?
“It’s the heartbeat of Jozi. The new Lions jersey is iconic in its own way, designed to embody the spirit of One Family. One Team. One heartbeat.”
The black and white dynamite from Durban return in 2020 and the Sharks will once again wear their Wakanda-inspired jerseys as their standard 2020 Super Rugby kit.
The Sharks change strip is a predominantly white and the crisp design resembles the kit the team wore on their travels last term with one twist, the kit features 25 legendary faces to have donned the black and white to mark the 25th anniversary of the Sharks brand.
The three Stormers 2020 Super Rugby kits have been revealed and are set to go on sale to the public in December.
The 2020 campaign will see the Stormers run out in three new, power jersey designs, from apparel sponsor BLK, with home, away and Thor designs available.
“Honouring the history and heritage of the Stormers, the home jersey retains the traditional blue and white stripes synonymous with Western Province Rugby, which are set at a diagonal across the front, with a red trim which represents the Disa flower of the Western Province Rugby Football Union.
“Inspired by the rich history of the Khoesan, the back of the jersey features 15 figures standing together, which represents the team and pays tribute to the Cape roots of South Africa’s first people. It also symbolises the loyal support of the Faithful – united behind the DHL Stormers.
“Given the Stormers’ Cape home, the figures on the jersey reference the figures of the national coat of arms – inspired by the Linton Panel – and motto which translates to ‘diverse people unite’. These figures embody the team’s driving force – standing together with the Faithful.
“The rock art of the Western Cape is a powerful connection to our heritage. It ties us and our shared ancestors, to the landscape and to the community spirit of people and is in one way showcased today by the passion of the Faithful. The power of belief and community is clear to see in the way the Faithful stand together with the DHL Stormers.
“The away jerseys are black in the style of the 1999 Men in Black campaign to commemorate the coming of age of the DHL Stormers 21 years on, with the diagonal white stripes coming over the shoulder and the 15 figures ever-present, standing together on the back.
“There is also a new version of the Marvel-inspired Thor jersey, which is now predominantly silver as a suit of armour for the DHL Stormers and the Faithful to wear.”