Australia has unveiled their playing strip for the 2014 rugby internationals. Wallabies Israel Folau, Stephen Moore, Kurtley Beale, Matt Toomua, Dave Dennis and Nick Phipps were there to demo the new jersey.
The jersey, which will feature in the June Internationals against France, The Rugby Championship and the end of year tour, has seen the green stripe on the left shoulder removed and replaced by green around the neck, under the arms and on the end of the sleeve.
It also sees the return of a deeper gold colour, which will be music to many supporters’ ears after some comments made by Quade Cooper, among others, in the past.
Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver added, “I’m sure the jersey will be one of the important factors to help with on-field success for the Wallabies as we head towards next year’s Rugby World Cup.
“I’m also confident fans will enjoy wearing the same jersey as the players as we take on France in a three-Test series before heading into The Rugby Championship.”
Current Wallaby and Waratahs fullback Israel Folau added:
“The Qantas Wallabies jersey is rich in history and has been involved in some of the most memorable moments in Australian sport. It’s an honour to put the jersey on and one I will never take for granted.
“That’s an attitude that extends across our entire squad and we’ll be doing all we can during 2014 to create more iconic moments of our own.”
How much influence the jersey will have over an improved performance, particularly against the All Blacks, remains to be seen.
But the strong position of three franchises on the Super Rugby ladder should give Wallabies fans some hope.