Springboks to get new kit sponsor

It’s understood there are likely four brands in the running for the contract.

Springbok hopeful Jan Serfontein in the kit of the team's current sponsor Canterbury. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - One of the biggest rugby brands in the world, the Springboks, are likely to have a new apparel sponsor by 2014.

Their current contract with Canterbury of New Zealand expires at the end of this year and options will be presented to the South African Rugby Union (Saru) board next week after being put out to tender.

With Canterbury currently also sponsoring England, who host the next Rugby World Cup in 2015, the desire for the Springboks is to have the sole rugby focus of any potential future partner.

It's understood that there are likely four brands in the running for the contract.

The Saru CEO Jurie Roux told Eyewitness News at the launch of their Boks for Books campaign in Durban of the process that's to take place.

Roux said, "We've have all the submissions and presentations by the different candidates to evaluate, and we're going to our board on 11 June to give them information so they can make a decision."