Stormers unveil 2018 Super Rugby jerseys
Cape Town - The Stormers on Friday unveiled their 2018 Super Rugby home and away jerseys.
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The new home jersey, featuring royal blue and white hoops with red trim, will be available in all major retailers and the official online shop (stormersshop.co.za) from Saturday, December 9, while the charcoal away jersey will be available from mid-January 2018.
The jerseys are manufactured in Cape Town by Genuine Connection - the same company that has been making the Stormers kit for the last 17 years, since 2000.
Western Province Rugby Group CEO, Paul Zacks, said that the 2018 jersey signals an exciting new era for the Stormers.
"Western Province Rugby and the Stormers have always been leaders in the way we do things and once again the brand has been innovative and taken the lead by manufacturing our own jersey," Zacks said.
"We felt it was important to challenge the norm, be innovative in our approach and try something different."
Despite the Stormers parting ways with long-time kit sponsor, Adidas, Zacks explained that there had been no compromise in the quality of the jersey, with the design staying true to the proud traditions while forging a new path ahead.
"We are very proud of the fact that the jersey is locally manufactured, it is made by a factory in Cape Town, which is the same factory that has been making the Stormers jersey for the past 17 years.
"The jersey contains the latest technology, fabrics and design elements, so in that way we have ensured that the quality is in no way sacrificed.
"We consciously made a decision to differentiate this jersey from any of the jerseys from the past, however we have stuck to our tradition and history by bringing back the royal blue colour, incorporating the blue and white hoops and we have brought in a little more red which represents the Western Province Rugby Disa.
"Retailers have really embraced the new jersey and we are very happy that our sponsors have supported the initiative and they are really proud to get behind the jersey," Zacks added.
Stormers captain Siya Kolisi said that the players are looking forward to seeing the Newlands faithful embrace the new jersey, with the passion they are renowned for.
"It is always an honour for me to put on the Stormers jersey and for the Newlands faithful it is something different, something new," he said.
President of the Western Province Rugby Football Union (WPRFU), Thelo Wakefield, said that the 2018 Stormers jersey gives fans a chance to show their unrivalled passion for their team.
"I am looking forward to seeing Newlands full of these jerseys as The faithful turn out in their numbers to stand together with the Stormers," he said.