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Kiwi Super sides go all out with 2014 jersey designs

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 29 Nov 2013 at 11:18
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Let’s be honest, the jerseys (or jumpers) that the New Zealand Super Rugby teams have worn over the last two seasons have been, for the most part, pretty boring. That’s all set to change in 2014, with brand new designs for all five teams.

While the Bulls caused a bit of a stir yesterday with their “camo-chique” design, the Kiwi teams pretty much gone back to their roots, with the designs attempting to reflect the regions they represent. While some will think the chain-mail effect on the Crusaders’ jersey is perhaps a little tacky, I think it works quite well, with the silver-grey of the away strip, in particular, doing a very good job of showing off the design.

The Chiefs will play festooned in Maori tattoos – on their jerseys as well as many of the bodies – while the Blues have strayed from the script a little in coming up with a strange geometric design that’s meant to represent mountains and frangipani flowers (or something to that effect). The Hurricanes haven’t strayed too far from their now-entrenched “swirling wind” motif, but it does seem to have been done better in 2014, with the dark grey and black away jersey – which hearkens back to the original Wellington colours – a real stunner.

My favourite pair, though, belongs to the Highlanders. Their away kit is still green (that caused some uproar when it was first introduced a few years back) but now reflects the Caledonian roots of the region by incorporating Celtic designs. The home jersey, though, is the real winner – a deeper, almost indigo, blue has been used, with only the faintest accents of yellow and maroon reminding us of the colours used when the franchise was first launched back in the mid 90s.

You can see all the jerseys in the below image, and read more about them here.


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