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ADIDAS ALL BLACKS RWC 2019 JERSEY

Designed by Y-3, the collaboration label between adidas and legendary Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto, the jersey launches online and in stores at Stirling Sports from today.

Yohji Yamamoto, who is world renowned for his striking, avant-garde designs, said: “We wanted to create a jersey that brought together the Japanese and Maori cultures.  The design bears hand-drawn koru and fern motifs in a celebration of Maori culture. It has been a privilege to work on such a major project and I wish the team the best of luck in the tournament.”

The fern design represents the legacy of those players who have worn the jersey in the past, while the unfurling koru represents the younger players coming through - the All Blacks of the future.

Taking on the innovative design of the most recent All Blacks jersey, the key technological elements of the RWC2019 design include the use of seamless, woven technology. The jersey’s construction was fully automated which aims to provide an unparalleled fit, strength and speed, and is 25 percent lighter than previous designs.

All Blacks Captain Kieran Read said: “We’re all really excited ahead of the Rugby World CupTM in Japan. It’s always special pulling on the All Blacks jersey, and to wear one that has used our culture to inspire the design will be especially cool.  We want to thank the Y-3 team for all their work on the jersey.”

The fusing of Maori and Japanese design aesthetics also extends to the design of the training jersey the All Blacks will wear at Rugby World CupTM 2019.  Taking inspiration from the Maori concept of kaitiaki (guardianship) and the Japanese fuko neko (lucky cat), the Y-3 team has designed a mythical cat figure which will adorn the back of the training jersey.  The training range also includes a performance tee, performance singlet, polo shirt and hoodie

The replica jersey, as well as the training range, will be available for fans to purchase from today, 1 July.

 

The All Blacks will wear the jersey for the first time in their opening match of RWC2019 against South Africa on 21 September.

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