South African Rugby
Springboks to wear star for anti-racism initiative
October 30, 2008
SARU chief Oregan Hoskins has pledged his support to the STAR anti-racism campaign © Getty Images
South Africa will wear a green and gold star on their jersey in their forthcoming Test matches in support of a South African anti-racism initiative called STAR (Stand Together Against Racism), that began with the "No To Racism" campaign during the recent Currie Cup season.
"It is a simple logo but carries a powerful message," said South Africa Rugby Union (SARU) chief Oregan Hoskins. "We chose the STAR symbol as it is an acronym for Stand Together Against Racism.
"There is no wording in the design but we're hopeful that the symbol will instantly send out our message. Racism is not just rugby's problem - it is a South African problem and this is rugby's approach to tackling it."
Hoskins believes that it is the responsibility of SA Rugby to continue the example set by the provincial sides during the Currie Cup. "It was the feeling of SA Rugby and our stakeholders that we would be failing in our responsibility as a sport if we didn't continue to address this issue," he said. "Other sports codes around the world - particularly in soccer - have faced up to the issue and it's time that South African rugby did too."