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“I would take my pants off for the Boks if I had to, and even my underpants,” said Leon Schuster.
The funnyman will be the latest celebrity to go “Shirtless for the Springboks”. The quirky advertising campaign will see a host of famous faces go without their blouses, jerseys, jackets, T-shirts and turtlenecks every Friday and match-day until the new green and gold Springboks supporters jersey is released on April 12.
For Schuster it was a simple choice. The long-standing comedian and filmmaker has been supporting the national rugby team since he was a child.
He admitted going shirtless wouldn’t really impress the girls but it would create the hype the national team needed to succeed.
“I think when people see me outside without my shirt on, they will just think I’m doing one of my pranks,” he joked.
The rugby-crazy mind behind Hier Kom Die Bokke said if needed he would go without a shirt for the rest of the year.
“I’ll need to go to the gym a little bit more often though.”
He will be joined by Top Billing presenter Jeannie D. She said she jumped at the chance to show her support for the Springboks.
“I’ve supported the Springboks my whole life, it’s a very South African thing to do,” she said.
Her only fear was that the weather would suddenly take a turn for the worse, and she would be forced to face the cold in nothing but a bikini top. Former Springbok coach Nick Mallett will also be going bare-chested on Fridays. He said he still fondly remembered the first time he gave Percy Montgomery his jersey.
“I think he slept in it all night, he was so proud. I pledge my support to the boys in green and gold and I will remain shirtless (on Fridays) until I get my new jersey.”
Former Springbok Rob Louw, swimwear model Roxy Louw and TV personality Janez Vermeiren are the rest of the shirtless celebrity cast.