Boks to wear black armbands

Date published: September 25 2015

The Springboks will wear black armbands, in memory of former SARU deputy president Mike Stofile, when they face Samoa in their Rugby World Cup clash in Birmingham on Sunday. 

Stofile passed away just before 3am last Sunday after battling with a long term illness.

He was praised as a fearless leader and activist who worked tirelessly for transformation in South African rugby. 

Saru president Oregan Hoskins said in a statement that Stofile's passing shocked the rugby community and added it was with great sadness that they learnt of his passing.

Following Stofile's death last Sunday a request was made to World Rugby, for the Boks to wear black armbands in hounour of Stofile. The request was granted by the governing body earlier in the week.

The Springboks will face a physical Samoan side in what should be another epic battle. The last time the two nations clashed was back in 2013 when the Boks won 56-23 in Pretoria.

However, the last World Cup match between these sides was in New Zealand four years ago when the Boks claimed a hard-fought 13-5 win.

South Africa will be keen to get a bonus point win over Samoa after a disappointing loss against Japan.