The 2016 Super Rugby jerseys for the five New Zealand franchises have been launched today, in Auckland.
Representing their respective franchises, All Blacks Aaron Smith (Highlanders), Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes), Jerome Kaino (Blues), Sam Cane (Chiefs) and Ryan Crotty (Crusaders) strutted their stuff in the jerseys they will wear in the upcoming Super Rugby season.
Chiefs and All Blacks flanker, Sam Cane says, “The jerseys are more then just something we put on every weekend.”
The Chiefs jersey itself contains numerous Māori motifs, with references to the waharoa at Waikato Stadium, and the adage, “He Piko, He Taniwha” – which is sewed in to the collar of this years jersey.
Sam Cane says, “It talks about who we are, who we represent, not just the players and the unions, but our supporters at every bend of the Waikato river.”
Cane disclosed to Te Kāea the strip was designed in conjunction with NZ Rugby kaumātua, Luke Crawford (Ngāti Porou) and renowned artist Dave Burke.
All Blacks halfback, Aaron Smith (Ngāti Kahungunu) is pleased with how the 2016 version of the Highlanders jersey has worked out.
“It’s got a tartan feel to it. It’s representative of our region,” says Smith, who will return to pre-season training with the Highlanders on January 5.
Blues captain, and hard man, Jerome Kaino, however, was initially unsure with the hue of blue used in the new seasons jersey, however, he is certain the new tone sets the standard for the new era at the franchise.
He says, “The boys have been doing the hard yards. Rene [Ranger} is in there wrestling his way in to the fold – so it’s good”
The adidas jerseys will be available in stores in coming weeks, and punters can expect to pay $110 for a junior version, while the adults sizes will fetch $150 RRP.
Sports journalist, Raniera Harrison interviews New Zealand rugbys latest models.
Te Kāea, 5:30pm, only on Māori Television.