South Africa’s Super Rugby sides have released new jerseys inspired by Marvel’s Spider-Man, Thor, Black Panther and Captain America, which will be worn in this years competition.
But the idea has drawn a mixed reaction from social media users.
All four South African franchises have had their jerseys redesigned and will be on show for the first time on February 3rd, as part of the South African double-header on February 3rd in Cape Town.
They will be only be used in South African derbies throughout the season, the teams will wear in their usual jerseys for matches against international opposition.
A press release littered with puns said: “The Emirates Lions will be dressed in the familiar webbed suit of Spider-Man; the Cell C Sharks will adopt the Black Panther look; the DHL Stormers will be looking to hammer their opponents in the colours of Thor; and the Vodacom Bulls will shield all attacks thrown their way as Captain America.”
The first matches in the new jerseys will see the Lions take on the Sharks followed by the Stormers against the Bulls.
But the reaction to the jerseys on social media has been mixed, one user’s, @lfrgarcia, reaction to the Lions jersey said: “What a load of crap. This the reason All Black rugby is miles ahead of ours. Tradition and discipline. Crazy…”
What a load of crap. This the reason All Black rugby is miles ahead of ours. Tradition and discipline. Crazy…
— LUIS (@lfrgarcia) January 15, 2019
Another user @thinus_wentzel simply wrote “Lovvit”
— Thinus Wentzel (@thinus_wentzel) January 15, 2019
A person @tate_sam wasn’t happy with the Sharks rebrand: “? ? ? Absolute ridiculousness. Bloody hell. Well, there goes the rugby season. Fare thee well. Welcome ?.!!”
? ? ? Absolute ridiculousness. Bloody hell. Well, there goes the rugby season. Fare thee well. Welcome ?.!!
— ©??? ?????? (@tate_sam) January 15, 2019
But @312Shakeelah simply said “I want one!!!??.”
Overall the response to the new jerseys seemed to be positive, @pietmeis1234 responding the the Bulls jersey by saying “Got to get my hand on one of this Captain America jersey.”
Got to get my hand on one of this Captain America jersey.
— Pieter van Rensburg (@pietmeis1234) January 15, 2019
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