All Blacks to ditch old jersey

2011-07-26 09:28

Wellington - New Zealand will unveil a new jersey in Saturday's Tri-Nations rugby Test against South Africa, risking the ire of a nation which regards the black jersey and silver fern as icons that should not be tampered with.

Team mangement and players have previewed the new jersey, designed by Adidas, and say it won't upset traditionalists, as it contains all the traditions of the famed All Blacks strip, but with a high-tech twist.

Fullback Mils Muliaina, who is set to play his 96th Test on Saturday said "there's not much change at all. There's still the blackness in it, the silver fern's still on it. But the new design does have one drawback - it is so skin-tight it leaves nowhere to hide excess body fat."


  • bill - 2011-07-26 09:47

    Well , I guess Ricky januarie will never play for the all blacks then if body fat shows!

      Exoteric - 2011-07-26 10:44

      Had a good chuckle with that one Bill, Ricky is 100 meals in front and 40 sh*ts behind

      StBad - 2011-07-26 13:40

      Piri Weepu must be stressing!

      Karoobloed - 2011-07-26 17:46

      Why are you picking on a man who had the class to retire from International Rugby despite another RWC opportunity? - rather pick on Smit.

  • Wizard101 - 2011-07-26 09:52

    Now the boks are going to suffer even more to get hold of the oponent.We are in for a hiding.

      Thomas - 2011-07-26 20:46

      Wizard101!!!!! You are so right! We were banned from wearing a jersey with grips as it supposidly gave us an unfair advantage!! Now they wear a jersey you cannot grip to be able to bind in the scrumm!! Has it been tested for the advantages and dissadvantages!!!

      Gazza69 - 2011-07-27 09:15

      I agree, we should also change our jerseys on Saturday. Huge hiding in prospect...We should wear Bulls jerseys......haha

  • brok3news - 2011-07-26 10:10

    This is to make the kit more representative of all the Pacific Island nation players in the team...

      Lionel - 2011-07-26 13:22

      Sour grapes mate as no player from any other country outside of Africa would want to play for the Springboks. You forget that NZ only has a population of a little over 4 million people so there pool of rugby players is extremely small when compared to SA. There also happens to be far more NZ players playing for clubs outside of NZ, than SA players playing overseas. Have you also happen to notice that the head coaches of the Lions and Sharks happen to be Kiwi's.

      Kleinboet - 2011-07-26 13:39

      No, it is virtually the same jersey as before, it only has the additional words "Chokers" written over the front panel.

      brok3news - 2011-07-26 14:15

      @Lionel Rugby is only the 3rd biggest sport in SA.

      cupid - 2011-07-26 15:24

      in that case the bok emblem was changed to the protea to be more representative of the players from Germany, The Netherlands and England. Oh wait its the whole team and this poaching has been going on for more than 100 years. Disgraceful!

      Zion - 2011-07-26 17:33

      Like chokers are already written on the Springbok Jersey since Saturday.

      Shane - 2011-07-26 17:47

      @Lionel, I think you're way off the mark with your numbers. Perhaps only 10% to 20% of SA's population would be even interested in rugby - remember it has traditionally been a white sport (with some coloureds, but they would have played more informally). Even amongst the white population it is divided between English- and Afrikaans-speaking communities. In my hometown alone I can think of almost 10 English speaking primary and secondary schools that DIDN'T offer rugby. So you're probably looking at fewer rugby players in SA than NZ. Additionally, NZ's administration and amateur facilities are better - if you can play, you will be noticed. Our talent-spotting is sporadic.

      Miles - 2011-07-27 08:55

      Dead right Shane - I couldn't have said that better. The last time I saw stats, I'm sure NZ had one of the largest rugby union playing populations and Australia had one of the smallest.

      Miles - 2011-07-27 08:59

      @Lionel - The reason SA has fewer players playing overseas is because we pay them enough not to have to pimp themselves elsewhere.

      cupid - 2011-07-27 15:40

      @Miles -actually NZ is ranked 5 or 6th in terms of number of registered players according to the IRB website. England 1st followed by SA and France. Even Ireland (150,000) has a higher number of registered players than NZ (147,000). Australia ranked 8th.

  • Albo - 2011-07-26 10:31

    Maybe it`s going to be all white with a red fern :)

      Tim Marles - 2011-07-26 16:20

      Love that, bwaaaaaa...

      kevin crawshaw - 2011-07-26 21:52

      Very good Albo, the Poms might be onto something with wearing white as they are more recent winners of RWC than the mighty AB's. Don't tell the English that no team has won the RWC while wearing black since 1987.

  • GHT - 2011-07-26 10:50

    A high tech twist like that grey rubber grip they had on their chest a few years ago? Not sure if it really was grip, but it sure looked like it.

  • MTRJ - 2011-07-26 11:11

    Would love to see the jersey.

  • BLOODY AGENT - 2011-07-26 11:15

    Na Saterdag se vernedering moet die Bokke dalk in die wit oefentruie speel met die landsvlag op die moue,ten minste sal die eer van die groen en goud behoue bly

      Chuck Norris - 2011-07-26 16:46

      There's no pride left in SA Rugby. Before isolation we were the team to beat and after isolation we're the joke of the trimations. Sad what money can do to the mindset.

  • Grunk - 2011-07-26 12:12

    Thank god John Smit doesn't have to wear one of the same material (mind you we could all wish that he was playing for the AB at the moment).

      BlueRaven - 2011-07-26 13:13

      sad but oh so true!

  • POLLENYS - 2011-07-26 13:00

    Useless story without a picture of the new strip.

  • braaitongs - 2011-07-28 09:05

    I never knew Ricky was Guthrows son.....???

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