A.noun phraseThe green and gold:a.Colours awarded to, and worn by, sportsmen and sportswomen selected to represent South Africa.b.By metonymy: A South African sports team;cf. the Springboks (see springbok sense 2 a).
1977S. Afr. Panorama Nov. 1A festival match between a World XV..and the green and gold, South Africa’s Springbok team.
1986Daily Dispatch 21 May 1‘Hey buddy you’re a Springbok’..the news was broken to him that he had finally earned the green and gold.
1986Weekly Mail 28 June 15‘If..a 34-year old coloured Caledon bricklayer, can play flyhalf for the Springboks..and score a try nogal,’ they said, ‘then anyone can play in the green and gold’.
1986Personality 6 Oct. 30The Olympic Gold is one glory that still eludes her. Another is the green-and-gold. Although she has lived and ridden in South Africa for 15 years, she has never been awarded Springbok colours for show-jumping.
1990Sunday Times 23 Sept. 9Annatjie..won the coveted green-and-gold in 1985 for korfbal — a game similar to netball.
1990Flying Springbok July 24He captained the Springboks 22 out of the 25 times he wore the coveted green and gold.
1992Sunday Times 12 June 26Pienaar’s pride in the green and gold.
1992E. Griffiths inSunday Times 16 Aug. 30The spectacle of the green and gold will have brought tears to many eyes, inspiring boyish dreams and advancing the legend of years gone by: of Craven and Louw, of Du Preez and Muller, of heroes.
1994G. Hoffman on Radio Algoa 30 Aug.In come eleven players who’ve not worn the green and gold before.
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