Australia unveiled their 2014 home rugby jersey this week. The jersey is made by Asics, who signed on as the Wallabies apparel sponsor the end of last year, and pays tribute to the past while utilizing modern technology.
The jersey will make its on-field debut against France in Brisbane on June 7.
The Wallabies jersey is an icon! And this jersey pulls inspiration from some of the great jerseys of the past. Over the team history, more than 800 players have pulled on the colors. It is an honor to earn this recognition as 1 of the country’s best players.
Current players Israel Folau, Kurtley Beale, Stephen Moore, Matt Toomua, Dave Dennis and Nick Phipps were on hand at the reveal in Sydney.
“The Qantas Wallabies jersey is rich in history and has been involved in some of the most memorable moments in Australian sport,” Folau said at the event. “It’s an honour to put the jersey on and one I will never take for granted. That’s an attitude that extends across our entire squad and we’ll be doing all we can during 2014 to create more iconic moments of our own.”
The first detail that jumps out is a return to a white open stub collar with green base. The white of the collar is extended down the jersey with arched piping down to the armpit. The white collar was famously worn during Australia’s march to the 1999 Rugby World Cup title. They defeated France 35-12 in the RWC final.
The jersey is a slightly darker gold than recent jerseys. The front includes the Coat of Arms on the left chest that harks back to the first Wallabies jersey of 1908, the Wallabies logo on the right chest, and Asics logo in the center under the collar. The 5 stars of the Southern Cross are on the left stomach under the Qantas sponsorship logo.
In addition to under the collar, the green of the Wallabies is used on the cuff of the sleeve, on the panel under the arm, and a small hint of the green arched up the shoulder blade.
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