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RUGBY fans with good eyesight would have noticed the Springbok side that beat Italy 55-11 in East London on Saturday was wearing a slightly different kit.
On their shorts was the logo for the Chris Burger Petrol Jackson Players' Fund, which is an organisation that looks after 102 rugby players who have suffered severe spinal injuries while playing the game.
The fund commemorates its 30th anniversary this year and, once again, the entire Springbok squad will be hosting a "phone-a-thon" where members of the public can pledge money.
The banquet will be held on August 17 at Montecasino in Johannesburg where tables can be booked for what has become a very popular event.
"I know I speak on behalf of the entire Springbok team when I say that I'm incredibly proud to wear the Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players' Fund logo every time I run onto the field for a Test match," said Springbok captain John Smit.
"Everyone involved in rugby can be very proud of what the fund has achieved over the past 30 years."
Rugby is a very physical game and the risk of injury is high. Started in 1980 by former Springbok captain Morne du Plessis following the fatal injury to teammate Chris Burger, the fund also takes awareness programmes to schools and coaching clinics where children are taught the "safe" way to play rugby. This involves the correct way to tackle and scrumming techniques.
"The fund is something close to my heart and this event really can make a difference to the players who have to spend the rest of their lives in a wheelchair," chairperson Du Plessis said.