ASICS, the True Sports Performance brand, has unveiled the Wallabies jersey for the Rugby World Cup 2015, the most technically innovative rugby union jersey developed by ASICS to date.
A host of Wallabies squad members including Stephen Moore, Israel Folau, James Slipper and Bernard Foley, were on hand at Allianz Stadium today to unveil the jersey.
Designed by scientists at the ASICS Institute of Sports Science (ISS) in Kobe Japan, the project has been an 18 month long collaboration between ASICS, the ARU and Wallabies squad members, who have been integral in testing designs throughout the process.
Through scientific research and testing, ASICS has been able to develop a jersey that is lighter, stronger, more ergonomically fitted and harder to grab than previous Wallabies jerseys. The jersey has also been created with specially designed grip points which will enable players to hold the ball more securely .
Managing Director of ASICS Oceania, Allan Russell, said: “We are pleased to be able to launch the Wallabies Rugby World Cup 2015 Jersey.
“We are very proud of this product, and I would like to acknowledge the ASICS team at the ISS behind the development of the Jersey,” Russell said.
“It is incredible to see the evolution of sportswear that is not only designed to enhance performance but proudly still embodies the true value and tradition of the Australia’s national rugby union team, the Wallabies.”
The innovative jersey will be worn for the first time when the Wallabies take on Fiji at Millennium Stadium Cardiff (UK) on 23 September in the Aussies’ first pool match of the Rugby World Cup.
Wallabies hooker Stephen Moore said, “When you see the detail and the research that the scientists at ASICS put into developing this jersey specifically for our World Cup campaign it gives you confidence that you are wearing the best and most advanced jersey.”
“Every detail in the development of our kit, from our jerseys to socks, and for many of us our boots by ASICS, is intended to help us perform at our best.”
Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver added, “As we embark on our Rugby World Cup campaign with just 100 days to go we are delighted to have the support and endorsement of a global sports brand like ASICS.
“It has been terrific to see the jersey in action here at Allianz Stadium today.”