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Rugby etiquette | How to be a Springbok fan [Infographic]

Charl Grobler
November 12, 2016


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What to snack on, what to wear and how to celebrate a win… we paired with the SA Rugby magazine team to break down all the essential Springbok fan etiquette

This infographic breaks down all elements of rugby fandom, from how to be a gracious loser to what the right rugby-friendly snack is. We teamed up with SA Rugby Magazine to break down all the ins, outs, ups and downs on being the best Springbok fan you can be.  


  • What to order at the bar: If you're driving, some water, otherwise a pint of beer is an essential accompaniment for a rugby match (remember to Uber if you're going to have a pint... or five)
  • What to eat: Whether it’s before or after the match, you can’t go wrong with a boerewors roll, plenty of fried onions and tomato sauce
  • What to snack on: Biltong is the staple diet. If necessary, a packet of chips (salt and vinegar)
  • What not to snack on: Don’t get fancy with snacks. No mini quiches and the like. This is rugby. Savoury, not sweet
  • What to wear: When it comes to the Springboks, whether they’re winning or losing, wear the Bok jersey and puff out your chest with pride. After all, while it seems a matter of life and death, it’s actually more important than that
  • What not to wear: No big hats as you’ll only annoy the people sitting behind you. A Springbok cap, tattered or new, is the way to go
  • How to celebrate a try: First instinct would be to do a high five. Make sure you connect and not follow through to the guy next to your mate. Hug a stranger. Really. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of love
  • How not to celebrate: Don’t pour your beer over the opposing team’s supporters, violently signal with rude gestures or anything like that. Win and celebrate with class
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