All Blacks to reveal World cup shirt

The All Blacks are set to reveal a new jersey for the World Cup which is not unlike the jersey that England, South Africa and France wore in the last world cup.

It is a crew-neck design with the silver fern printed in mesh side panels. There is no collar so traditionalists won’t like it.

Adidas will host a function on Thursday this week where a few of the current All Blacks will model the new jersey in Wellington.

“Join us as we demonstrate the new aesthetic and technical features of the new improved jersey, developed in consultation with players and the NZRFU right where it all begins – in the players’ changing rooms at Westpac Stadium,” the adidas invitation reads.

The jersey is thought to be available in fitted or bodysuit-tight styles depending on the players’ preference which is how the Nike jerseys were back in 2003.


Some English players like Mike Tindall were said to have had to ask his teammates to help him get his shirt on or off in the changeroom because the shirt was so tight he was unable to get it on himself.


Rugby World Cup rules stipulate that all World cup jerseys must have an IRB tournament logo on the right side and the country emblem on the left.


The idea of tight shirts came about after Clive Woodward phoned Nike with the idea after seeing Jason Robinson being tackled and being prevented from scoring a try as a player held on to his shirt-tale.


The new Jersey is said to be sold at NZ$160 for the jersey and kids’ sizes will sell for NZ$120.


As the shirt has not yet been released no pictures are available yet. (Watch this space.)

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