New Zealand teams unveil Super Rugby Pacific jerseys

New Zealand’s five Super Rugby teams have unveiled their game jerseys for next year’s first Super Rugby Pacific competition.

The Highlanders training jersey (L), home jersey (C) and away jersey (R) for 2022/23.
Photo: Highlanders

The Blues have produced a jersey that they believe is a mix of their heritage and today.

The feature running through the center of the home shirt represents the meeting point of the four tides – as is the case at Cape Reinga in the far north of Te Tai Tokerau (Northland).

This is where the high and low tides of Te Moana nui a Kiwa (Pacific Ocean) and Te Tai o RÄ“hua (Tasman Sea) converge.

The Blues region (Rohe) is home to Hokianga, where the great navigator Kupe made landfall for the first time and his wife Kuramārōtini gave the country its name of Aotearoa (Land of the long white cloud).

The 2022 home shirt pays tribute to the great migrations that are an integral part of New Zealand’s history, made possible by the waters that surround the region.

From the arrival of the first Waka to the newest migrant – all are welcome, all are whānau and are proudly pictured on the jersey.

The Blues 2022 away jersey is born out of their championship history and redefined with new aesthetic details and inspired by the iconic Blues jerseys worn by legendary teams and players at the turn of the new millennium.

The diamonds on the shoulders refer to the club’s famous championship teams that came before. The 2022 away jersey recodes the history of the Blues

The Highlanders’ design theme for 2022 was “Heritage Remixed”.

It is hoped that the home, away and training shirts will generate a strong sense of nostalgia with the color scheme and pattern, as will the unique venue chosen to launch these shirts, Cargill’s Castle.

One of only two castles in New Zealand, the structure stands proudly on the cliffs above St Clair, resisting the relentless southerly winds.

All three jerseys feature a modernized tartan pattern on the left shoulder, tone-on-tone across both playbands, to represent the many members of our organization and the wider community who weave together. This is a modern tartan design (almost digital in appearance) to recognize the modern face of our team and community and the changing environments in which we operate today.

The dark blue home shirt has an elegant embossed tone-on-tone tartan depicting our people south of Waitaki; strong and discreet. The outer band is representative of our region at large with the North Otago and Southland colors mainly used. Again, the modernized tone-on-tone tartan pattern descends on the left shoulder representing our tight knit region.

The training suit differs in that a contrasting tartan pattern is used. This design represents the environment on the training ground; where players fight for the same position, constantly challenging and competing, but ultimately weaving and working together towards a common goal.

The designs of the new Chiefs jersey are tied to the Chiefs region, Whānau and Maori heritage.

The home jersey – ‘Ngā hihi o te rā – The rays of the sun’, is inspired by Tamanuiterā (The Sun). He uses ngā hihi o te rā (sun rays) to accentuate the colors of the house of the chiefs.

The rays of Tamanuiterā touch all parts of the leaders that contribute to the unions radiating energy and power, depicted in the upper half of the design.

The lower kōwhaiwhai (ornate swirls) represent the flow of waterways throughout the region connecting Whānau leaders, sponsors, members, players, clubs and supporters.

The away jersey – ‘He Piringa Pāua’ represents loyalty and allegiance. The jersey design uses the vibrant color of the pāua shell and is inspired by the Maori axiom, “Ka haere te pāua ki te toka, he piringa pāua – The pāua will go to the rock and cling fiercely to it”. This means that even when the team is playing away, it will still come back just like the pāua will return to the boulder if it is dislodged.

Like the home jersey, flowing kōwhaiwhai (ornate swirls) represent connecting waterways that will always bring the team home.

The new Hurricanes home jersey pays homage to the iconic original Hurricanes jersey, while redefining the design with a new aesthetic and new details.

“Our jersey features a pattern inspired by our mighty winds, a source of our strength, reflecting both the traditional story of our region and our unstoppable momentum,” said Hurricanes CEO Avan Lee.

“The blue stripes are a throwback to the Hurricanes’ very first Super Rugby jersey. The blue stripe on the original jersey is iconic, so we are very happy to see it return with a modern new version.”

The new training jersey sees a completely new approach from the Hurricanes. The Pasifika-inspired swimsuit is a vibrant representation of the Pasifika hurricane community, featuring coconut palms and frangipani flowers.

“This jersey is really special to us. We wanted it to reinforce what we’re trying to do off the pitch, which is to celebrate and embrace the multicultural bonds within our community. It will be great to see guys wear it in preparation for matches throughout the season. “

Crusader New Jersey is a reflection of the collective strength of our region. Its design is based on the strength of this unique place that we call home. The six vertices representing the collective mana of our six provincial unions, Buller, Canterbury, Mid-Canterbury, South-Canterbury, Tasman and West-Coast.

“From the mountains to the sea, we are linked by a common goal, a shared goal to achieve great things. It is not about the individual mountain. When we are united we cannot be moved. These mountain ranges do not. divide us, they unite us and just like them, our diversity strengthens our team and our community.

“Brought together through the substance of our colors – Mā pango mā whero, ka oti te mahi. With black and red, we will be successful,” the team said in a statement.

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