Surprise 2016 Super Rugby runners up Emirates Lions have revealed the home and away jerseys they’ll wear for their assault on the 2017 tournament.
The new shirts, once again produced by Canterbury South Africa are a great deal more subtle that last year’s striking design, which depicted the skyline of their home city of Johannesburg across the front.
This year’s designs are a great deal more subtle, reverting to the classic plain red home shirt that the Lions have worn through much of their time in Super Rugby.
The home shirt isn’t totally plain, however – detail is added to the design thanks to a striking tonal V-shaped striped motif that runs from the collar down to just above the main sponsor. The keen-eyed jersey fan will notice that it’s similar to the pattern seen on England’s Rugby World Cup 2015 design, also from Canterbury.
The away jersey is a simple palette-swap from the home shirt – with the red body turning white, but the sleeves and the 360º Loop neckline remaining red.
In addition, the V-shaped pattern on the chest is much more evident on the away design, as it’s rendered in grey as opposed to something more tonal.
The Lions will kick off their quest to make it back to the Super Rugby final away to the Cheetahs on 25 February 2017.