The New Zealand Super Rugby franchises will take to the field in 2020 with entirely new kits, with all five sides having revealed their new home jerseys for the 2020 season over the weekend.
The Blues, Chiefs, Hurricanes, Crusaders and Highlanders have used the same home and away strips for the last two years but will release fresh designs just in time for Christmas.
The five home jerseys have all been specially crafted to tell a story relevant to each franchise’s catchment area.
The Blues jersey, with a shattered imprint, has been designed to show the “seam of talent” that populates the region. Like the previous kit, the new shirt features a mix of dark and light blue shades – though it is certainly darker as a whole than its previous iteration.
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The Chiefs jersey, as has become tradition, features a range of Maori imagery and is inspired by the Maori Gods.
The Hurricanes have taken a more scientific approach to their kit, which displays the actual wind readings from Wellington from throughout the 2016 season – when the Hurricanes won the Super Rugby title.
Despite unveiling a new logo earlier this week, the Crusaders jersey will just feature the stylised Crusaders font in place of the new emblem. The pattern on the shirt itself symbolises the innovation that is currently occurring in Christchurch, which is still re-building from the 2011 earthquakes.
Finally, the Highlanders new kit is decorated with a houndstooth pattern but otherwise remains very visually similar to the previous jersey.
New away strips are also on the cards for all five sides, however these won’t be unveiled until closer to the season’s kick-off in late January.
Four of New Zealand’s franchises will be in action over the opening round of the 2020 season, with the Blues hosting the Chiefs in the opening match of the tournament on Friday the 31st of January, the Crusaders hosting the Waratahs in Nelson a day later and the Hurricanes starting out in Cape Town against the Stormers.
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