Commonly known as the “Springboks” the South Africa national rugby union team is governed by the South African Rugby Union.The Springboks emblems are the Springbok and the King Protea and they play in green and gold jerseys with white shorts.
The current captain is Eben Etzebeth
The team has been representing South Africa in international rugby union since 30 July 1891, when they played their first test match against a British Isles touring team.
The team made its World Cup debut in 1995, when the newly democratic South Africa hosted the tournament. The Springboks defeated the All Blacks 15–12 in the final, which is now remembered as one of the greatest moments in South Africa’s sporting history, and a watershed moment in the post-Apartheid nation-building process.
Springbok result of the 2007 World Cup tournament was so good that the national team was promoted to first place in the IRB World Rankings, a position they held until July the following year when New Zealand regained the top spot. They were named 2008 World Team of the Year at the Laureus World Sports Awards.
The Springboks also compete in the annual Rugby Championship (formerly the Tri-Nations), along with southern-hemisphere counterparts Argentina, Australia and New Zealand. They have won this championship on three occasions in sixteen years. They also play Test matches against the various rugby-playing nations. Their position in the World Rugby Rankings has varied between the No. 1 and No. 7 positions