Inspired by Captain America, Thor, Spider‐Man and Black Panther, South African rugby fields will come to life with more super hero action in 2020 as Super Rugby, one of the toughest competitions in the world, continues its collaboration with Marvel.
The 2020 Super Rugby season was officially launched at SuperSport studios in Randburg on Thursday, with an array of coaches, players, sponsor representatives and other key stakeholders in attendance for a live broadcast.
Apart from introducing the four South African franchises’ new jerseys – which include great new designs of their Marvel character-inspired super hero playing kit – it was announced that Super Hero Sunday is coming to Gauteng next year.
Lions 2020 Super Rugby Jerseys
Following a joint venture between SuperSport, Stadium Management SA and the Remgro-owned Stellenbosch Academy of Sport (SAS), all four SA franchises – playing in their jerseys inspired by the Marvel characters Captain America (Bulls), Thor (Stormers), Spider-Man (Lions) and Black Panther (Sharks) – will be in action on Sunday, 19 January at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, less than two weeks before the serious action kicks off.
The Sharks and Stormers will kick off the action at 13h00, followed by the match between the Bulls and Emirates Lions at 15h15 (local times)
The Sharks' 2020 Super Rugby jerseys
“We have a new generation of rugby heroes in South Africa ready to make their mark in Vodacom Super Rugby in 2020,” said Mr Mark Alexander, President of SA Rugby.
“With three new coaches and a host of exciting new players stepping up to the plate, I’m sure the four South African franchises will want to build on the Springboks’ achievements this year.
“We’ve seen a re-energised enthusiasm for rugby in South Africa in recent months and that will spill over into 2020, when Vodacom Super Rugby will continue to impress with breathtaking rugby between the best players in the Southern Hemisphere.”
The Bulls' 2020 Super Rugby Jerseys
The South African franchises will yet again show their support for the real super heroes of the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation, with their #TacklingCancer initiative.
The ground-breaking collaboration with Marvel made its debut last season in a Super Rugby competition that changed the traditional face of the game and took it to an entirely new audience.
“We are delighted to once again be collaborating with Vodacom, SA Rugby and SuperSport on the Vodacom Super Rugby competition,” said Luke Roberts, General Manager of Consumer Products Commercialisation of The Walt Disney Company Africa.
“The response to the 2019 season was phenomenal, bringing the inspiration of some of Marvel’s most iconic, loved and recognizable characters to the thrills and excitement of this tournament. We certainly look forward to joining families across the country this coming year to witness all the skill, speed, agility strength, endurance, honour and strategy that brings this collaboration to life in in an even more spectacular 2020 season.”
Stormers 2020 Super Rugby Jerseys