The Qantas Wallabies have unveiled two stunning jerseys that will be worn by the team at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
The technologically advanced ASICS designs feature a classic gold primary strip and an Indigenous-inspired alternate jersey for the tournament which kicks-off in just 113 days.
The primary jersey, which was unveiled by ASICS in Sydney on Wednesday, was designed following extensive research alongside Qantas Wallabies players in training and match environments as the team looked for an extra edge to take into the game's showpiece event.
The jersey features the traditional Wallabies gold colour with a green collar, and combines technological advancements in fabric, fit and durability.
The team will also create a first for Australia at a Rugby World Cup when they run out in a newly-designed Indigenous jersey for their pool clash with Uruguay in Oita on October 5.
The re-designed predominantly green Indigenous strip follows on from the hugely popular Indigenous design worn by the Qantas Wallabies in Test matches on two separate occasions in 2017 and 2018.
Like the first Indigenous jersey, the Rugby World Cup edition has been designed by First Nations creative producer, Dennis Golding.
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Unique design elements have been added to the jerseys to compliment the playing style and technical requirements of the Qantas Wallabies; including:
- Durable iconic collar
- Lighter fabric for breathability and comfort
- Grip print for improved ball control close to the chest
- Stretch material with an anti-grab texture to help evade the opposition
- Expansive side panel material & under arm gusset strategically placed for the mobility of arms
- Side seam for strong binding
- Unique pattern for players based on 3D measurement and fitting
Bernard Foley, Wallabies flyhalf and ASICS ambassador said: “The jerseys are an excellent balance between fast and strong. ASICS have achieved the most technologically advanced jersey to help give our boys the advantage in Japan.”
Kurtley Beale, Wallabies back said: "I'm extremely proud and honoured to hopefully have the opportunity to wear the ASICS Indigenous jersey in the World Cup. It's a pinnacle moment for Australian Rugby to be able to recognise and acknowledge First Nations people in such a beautiful jersey."
Raelene Castle, CEO of Rugby Australia said: “ASICS have put a great amount of detail and focus into the jersey and it will help give the team an edge in what is sure to be a very competitive tournament. “I know the Wallabies will wear these jerseys with an incredible sense of pride when they run out in Japan and just how desperate they are to make all Australians proud,” Castle said.
Mark Brunton, Managing Director for ASICS Oceania said, “Years of research, development and feedback from players have gone in to making these jerseys and we can’t wait to see the team take the field wearing them from September.”
The Wallabies start their Rugby World Cup 2019 campaign against Fiji on 21 September 2019.
The Wallabies Rugby World Cup jerseys and range of 2019 training apparel is available in-store and online from today; go to https://shop.rugby.com.au/ or www.asics.com for stockists.
ASICS has also launched a new rugby campaign ‘MOVE AS ONE’; which offers an inside-look into the dedication, sacrifice and focus it takes for a professional Rugby player to represent his country on the biggest stage in Rugby.
To view the ‘MOVE AS ONE’ TVC: www.asics.com/wallabies