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By ARU Media Unit
The Qantas Wallabies and official apparel partner KooGa have unveiled a new jersey ahead of the highly anticipated British & Irish Lions Tour to Australia.
The new Qantas Wallabies exo-tek jersey is 25 per cent lighter than the previous jersey whilst at the same time maintaining the same strength and durability.
While the jersey is still predominantly the Gold there is a slight hint of green across the left shoulder while the coat of arms will appear as a ‘badge’ on the left breast rather than embroidered on to the jersey.
ARU CEO, Bill Pulver, said the new Qantas Wallabies jersey highlighted the iconic Gold of previous jerseys while delivering a new look and some new high-tech features.
“Since 1961 the Wallabies have worn an all Gold jersey, which over the years has become synonymous with our national Rugby side,” Mr Pulver said.
“The new jersey, while it has a little bit more green still embraces and celebrates the iconic Gold.
“It is a jersey that players will be striving to obtain come June when the British & Irish Lions arrive on our shores and with the new technology KooGa have used it is sure to serve them well as the Qantas Wallabies seek to retain the Tom Richards Cup.”
Tyron Brant, CEO of KooGa Australia, said the new Qantas Wallabies jersey has been completely reinvented to utilise cutting edge technology ensuring top performance on the field.
“The new jersey has been developed in conjunction and consultation with leading Qantas Wallabies players,” Mr Brant said.
“We had to ensure that not only was this the most technically advanced jersey in world Rugby, but also that it is functional for the players.
“Ultimately, we had the players comfort and top performance in mind when designing these garments, every little detail has been scrutinised down to the very last stitch.”
Featuring natural stretch and recovery, the jersey also has new innovations including moisture wicking properties to take the sweat away from the body and cool the skin, a new silicone gel logo application and the inclusion of four different fabrics in its body mapped panelling design.
“In terms of player comfort, the fabric has been brushed back to create a smoother feel on the body when worn,” Mr Brant added.
“Air-flow has also been taken into consideration, with the side panelling utilising exo-max performance mesh which features a more open weave for breathability.”
Mr Brant said although functionality and comfort were the main priorities in design of the jersey, style was not sacrificed.
“Style-wise, the jersey has been constructed with a unique four-panel asymmetric collar design in the traditional Wallabies Gold with a hint of Union Green while the hem has changed from a straight hem to a contoured scoop hem for a more tailored look,” Mr Brant said.
“This is the first change in three years to the Qantas Wallabies jersey, so it was very important we respected tradition and colour in terms of design but at the same time exceeded all expectations in terms of jersey performance.”
The players shorts have also been ‘updated’ with a more durable poly twill fabric utilising Titanium 2 (T2) technology while KooGa also reinforced the triple stitching to safeguard against any tearing.
Other features include a gripper to enhance the lineout lifters grip, lycra in the crutch for ease of movement and a chamois panel which has been worked into the design for players to dry their hands.
The Qantas Wallabies jersey replica will be available in stores NOW. Visit www.wallabyshop.com.au to secure your jersey. Also available is the new 2013 training range, online now.