This year's Springbok tour of Ireland and England may go down in rugby annals as the "old flag tour" - and the team and management are not happy.
The old South African flag was prominent at matches during the tour and several were waved at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg yesterday when the Amabokoboko landed.
But Chiliboy Ralepelle, the first black Springbok captain, said he didn't notice the flags.
Media reports also claimed regular Springbok captain John Smit had been sworn at in Afrikaans after he refused to sign an old flag before the Springboks' second match against England at Twickenham on November 25.
A Johannesburg newspaper quoted Springbok team manager Zola Yeye yesterday as saying the flags had been "sadly prominent" in England and on their return home.
"Look at this Springbok team; they are young and don't want to be subjected to memories of the apartheid system. They want to play rugby, whether it's against black, white, brown, pink or whatever colour the opposition is.
"Our national flag is our heart and soul and these people are insulting the country and the constitution when they embrace the old flag." - Sowetan Reporter