Saru confirms decision on Bok emblem

The president’s council of the South African Rugby Union (Saru) has resolved to add the national sports emblem of the King Protea to the playing jersey of national rugby teams. The decision was taken at a special president’s council meeting on October 29 in Johannesburg.

Saru president Oregan Hoskins was mandated by the council to discuss the application of the emblem as soon as is practically feasible with the minister of sport at the minister’s earliest convenience. Saru can confirm that the meeting will take place on November 18 2008.

The council also noted legal advice that Saru is the sole proprietor and legal owner of the Springbok badge, emblem and trademark and would continue to wear the emblem alongside the King Protea on the national playing jersey.

Saru will not comment further on the matter until the conclusion of the meeting with the minister. — Sapa

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