Japanese Super Rugby franchise Sunwolves have celebrated their second season in the Southern Hemisphere’s premiere club competition by revealing new home and away jerseys from returning kit supplier Canterbury Japan.
The new jerseys are a stark contrast to the eye-catching shirts worn by the Sunwolves in their inaguaral season – swapping the orange and grey shirts with sublimated wolf image for primarily red and white designs. They were however, revealed in typically eccentric style.
The new shirts were designed by Manabu Mizuno of Tokyo’s Good Design Company, and the home and away jerseys each reflect a different part of the Sunwolves name.
The home shirt is a take on the classic ‘rising sun’ motif of the Japanese national flag – with the red body of the design reflecting a circle thanks to curved areas on the sleeves and the bottom of the jerseys.
The away jersey is the same basic design as the home, complete with its striking and unusual disc-based design. However with its white and black color scheme, it’s intended to represent the full moon in a night’s sky – something that’s obviously strongly associated with the ‘wolf’ part of the Sunwolves name.
Technically, the jersey once again incorporates Canterbury’s 360º Loop neckline, and also features a stronger, more durable fabric, 3D injection-molded crest, and new improved fit of the jersey thanks to 3D body mapping that has led to the creation of a different cut for forwards and backs.
The Sunwolves will wear their new jerseys throughout the 2017 Super Rugby season, when they will play home games both at Toyko’s Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, and at the Singapore Sports Hub in Singapore.