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Bulls go pink for away strip

2012-02-14 08:41

Pretoria - PUMA has unveiled a dramatic new away kit that the Bulls will sport in the 2012 Super Rugby competition. The striking colour marks a significant image shift for the Bulls and is inspired by the purple Jacaranda trees that characterise their hometown of Pretoria.

Bulls captain Pierre Spies says: “PUMA have certainly changed the pace since their arrival at the Bulls and the team feels that our away jersey, a complete contrast from our traditional kit, is a great way to celebrate a new partnership."

The away shirt, as with the home shirt launched in December 2011, has a dramatic “smash” design inspired by the phrase “bull in a china shop” and expresses the Bulls’ powerful playing style. The complexity of the design, which combines a chevron-like effect, is designed to distract opposition players.

PUMA South Africa’s Marketing Director Brett Bellinger says: “In designing the new away shirt PUMA wanted to create a statement on the field, so we have opted for a striking colourway inspired by the purple Jacaranda trees that are synonymous with Pretoria.”

PUMA has a long-term deal to supply full technical kit to both the Blue Bulls and Bulls teams, and is the official distributor of the teams’ match replica gear.

The Super Rugby replica away shirt will be available in stores on February 24, 2012 and will retail for R599.


 

Sport24

Comments
  • Silke - 2012-02-14 08:50

    awesome kit!!!! about time we see some creativity coming though from the technical sponsors...i will gladly watch my team play in this.

  • Saffa - 2012-02-14 08:50

    Meisie must be BESIDE himself. Told you chaps the Bulls were Tinkerbells.....Fairy pink and popstar purple. This strip will indeed confuse the opposition Puma. (They will be blinded by their own tears of laughter)

  • Paul - 2012-02-14 08:52

    Ag nee sies dit is vrek lelik!

  • Bames - 2012-02-14 08:56

    Looks similar to Stade Francais' kit. Very stylish, like it!

  • cmjvr - 2012-02-14 09:01

    That is ugly. And for R600, you have to be kidding me!

  • Andre - 2012-02-14 09:06

    HA HA HA HA!! Lag ek nou my gat af!!! Lekker die Blou ag bedoel Pienk Mowwe!! Wynand "Meisiekind" Olivier het seker 'n groot invloed gehad op die besluit van die Pienk trui!! HA HA HA HA!!!!

  • Marius - 2012-02-14 09:08

    epileptic attack ahead!

  • terri.durand1 - 2012-02-14 09:11

    All we need now is for them to be issued wings and wands and then the faeries will be prancing around on the field!! One bonus - they'll get a new audiance - my 5 year old daughter would LOVE to see that.

  • hannes.handogg - 2012-02-14 09:14

    Baaaa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!! Thanks Puma! You've made my day!

  • zane.blignaut - 2012-02-14 09:15

    this kills me... as a huge bulls fan.... Damn the Stormers guys are going to have a field day... I hang my head in shame.... the pink jersey thing has been done... and is not a new thing to rugby... the bulls should lead not follow... ag well ... my 2 cents wont change a thing though... with a cringe Ill still support them wearing BLUE jersey!!!

  • Benmica - 2012-02-14 09:16

    Like it.... the men getting to connect with their emotional side ....

  • Michael - 2012-02-14 09:18

    Hulle bloed is nou pink.......hahhahahhahha

  • Leko - 2012-02-14 09:18

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha Bulls are becoming softies now...is there a metrosexual guy playing rugby?

  • gennath - 2012-02-14 09:19

    I was ready to make some silly comment at reading the headline, but it actually looks kickass!

  • Francois - 2012-02-14 09:20

    Puma obviously doesn't know anything about Bulls supporters. An incredibly stupid idea.

  • Willem - 2012-02-14 09:22

    dit is belaglik man! Wat rook die ou wat die design gedoen het?

  • Merven - 2012-02-14 09:23

    I'm sure men like Bakkies and Victor are very glad that they are done with the Bulls! Imagine Bakkies in pink!!

  • Jason - 2012-02-14 09:23

    Could you See Bakkies in this shirt? Think they had to wait for him to retire before they took this terrible marketing decision!!

  • Cornelius - 2012-02-14 09:23

    Where can I get one?

  • Dustin - 2012-02-14 09:24

    definitely different, whether you like it or not pretty sure sales from female supporters will justify the decision.

  • Jed - 2012-02-14 09:25

    Now let's replace the Daisy with a Pansy and we have a great representation of what Bulls rugby is really like.

  • jadelwood - 2012-02-14 09:25

    @SAFFA... find it bizarre that you spend so much time talking about a team that you don't even support haha... ANYWAYS, WHO CARES ABOUT THE KIT!?!?!?!?!?!? The men in them are going to pull it off too easily.. and at the end of the day THE BULLS will be bringing the trophy home in a pink shirt and then we'll see whose laughin.. I'd rather wear pink and win than striped blue and white!!

  • The-third - 2012-02-14 09:27

    This is not going to go down well in Boerrasic Park.

  • Renier - 2012-02-14 09:31

    Mmmmm anders, sou nou nie my eerste keuse gewees het nie, probeer dalk weer.....ek dink hulle het 'n triek gemis, hulle moes 'n BLOU Superman teken om die Vodacom embleem gesit het...just a thought...

  • Peter - 2012-02-14 09:31

    It's just soooo. W.P!

  • Raeez - 2012-02-14 09:33

    Its so CUUUUUTE.Now all they need to do is badazzle the players numbers on the back.......with hearts #LIIIIIIIOOOONNSSSS!!! lol

  • Daniel - 2012-02-14 09:34

    Only the bulls are man enough to step onto the field in pink - brilliant ... gonna get me one

  • Andre - 2012-02-14 09:39

    wou nog altyd se die Bulls het so snaakse neiging in hulle

  • Alexander - 2012-02-14 09:43

    "expresses the Bulls’ powerful playing" Look, I dont want to be the little boy, laughing at the naked king, but just how do you figure that a pink shirt conveys an image of strength? This is not a welcome sight: with rugby bosses talking about removing our daisy and other sporting emblems. Is this the first gentle nudge in that direction? Slowly changing it, until we can’t remember what it was? Sies! Ga! nee man Bulle. Ek dog simpel pienk hempies is net vir die swakker Franse spanne!

  • gerry.pelser - 2012-02-14 09:45

    I had to re-check my date to make sure this is not April 1. "PUMA wanted to create a statement on the field" - they certainly have! Poor Bulls fans. Never thought I could feel sorry for them, but this is cruel and unusual.

  • glennmozambique - 2012-02-14 09:45

    Finally they are out of the closet and good to them, they denied it after 50,000 bulls fans sang 'Liefling' now there is absolutely no denying their 'Pinkification'. Sharks fan....

  • Phillip - 2012-02-14 09:48

    NEEEEEEE!!!!hou by die blou!!!!

  • Jaco - 2012-02-14 09:50

    Dear lord, my eyes are bleeeding............. What are they doing to my team? We are going to look like a bunch of fluffy marshmallows on the field. This will be the lowest selling supporter jersey ever.

  • Johan - 2012-02-14 09:51

    So I see the Bulls went for the "strawberry-bubblegum" theme this year... Pff.. :/

  • Frans - 2012-02-14 09:53

    Die glam guru sal die grimering doen, ek slaan jou sommer met my handsak jong, moenie met my sukkel nie.

  • Werner - 2012-02-14 09:53

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  • reyn.dewet - 2012-02-14 10:01

    This is a great marketing scheme. They will sell alot of these jerseys to the female bulls fans an bulls fans daughters. It's got nothing to do with rugby, it's all about the money!! VRYSTAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT!!

  • Garth - 2012-02-14 10:04

    Ha-haa, ha-hee, ha-hoo, Ha-haa, ha-hee, ha-hoo, Ha-haa, ha-hee, ha-hoo, ah-ha, ah-heeee, ahhh. Sorry, I had some mental images of some of the Bulls supporters that I know, in those jerseys. Ha-ha, ha-ha, ha-aaargggh-barf.

  • berni.venter - 2012-02-14 10:04

    I like!

  • dolf.claassen - 2012-02-14 10:11

    agge nee,die bulle gaan meer wedstryde wen in die kleure...............die ander span gaan te veel lag vir hulle om enigsins rugby te speel!!! Goeie taktiek!!!

  • christian.erasmus - 2012-02-14 10:17

    Bulls must not lose in Pink.... we won't hear the end of it....

  • Vincent - 2012-02-14 10:26

    Who designs these things?

  • jos.pike - 2012-02-14 10:29

    Eish...UGLY!

  • Wayne - 2012-02-14 10:33

    They should bedazzle the numbers on!

  • Arno - 2012-02-14 10:33

    So freaking glad that I am a sharks supporter. If it was a once off I could have handled it, but for a WHOLE season with plenty of away games? I think not!

  • Truthor - 2012-02-14 10:33

    HAHAHA! The ugliest supporters in world rugby just got a whole lot uglier. Can just picture the scene...ring through the nose, horns on the head, and a baby pink shirt to go with it. Oh the embarrassment. Does that mean we now have to be subjected to pink balls hanging off the back of all the up-country trucks?

  • Gert - 2012-02-14 10:36

    The more I look at it, the more I like it. I will never want this to replace our original colors, but it will definitely be one of the more stylish outfits out there. It looks at LOT better than that blue and white striped pajamas with the DHL sticker that looks as if it was pasted on at the last minute.

  • Quintin - 2012-02-14 10:41

    Jammer maar ek kan dit net nie like nie! dis belaglik man!!!!

  • Irma - 2012-02-14 10:54

    Seeing that it is already pink, why not put a CANSA logo on to show their support for breast cancer

  • hancko - 2012-02-14 11:01

    Dink die Bulle se salarisse het sopas met R10 000/game opgegaan net om daai trui opi veld te dra hahaha . Skreeu lelik - *NAAR*