The Welsh Rugby Union has revealed their new jersey for the next two seasons, taking inspiration from the rugged Wales landscape to deliver a stunning new set of threads.
Teaming up with Under Armour, the WRU was inspired by the Welsh national anthem ‘Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau’ (Land of my Fathers) in what is, from a distance, a decidedly simple design.
Up close, however, it becomes clear that it is anything but. Intricate stitching around the shoulders of the new jersey maps the topography of the Welsh landscape, a land of rugged hills and valleys.
Where the attention to detail really takes hold is in the fact that no two jerseys will be the same as the shoulder stitching will be unique to each shirt.
Mapping areas such as Neath, the birthplace of the WRU, Bangor, Lampeter and Cardiff, the jerseys will ensure that the famously divergent Welsh lands are individually represented, all the while staying true to the famous red jersey.
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Gone are the contentious golden shoulder stripes of previous iterations and the simple, all red style is complimented with white shorts and all red socks.
The attention to detail will not come cheap, with prices for authentic jerseys look set to come in at the £90 mark, according to the Welsh Rugby website.
Given the strikingly beautiful new now look, however, expect this one to fly off shelves, price be damned.
Fans can see the new kit get it’s first run out next month for the hotly anticipated Autumn Test series clashes with Australia, Georgia and New Zealand.
Wales and Scarlets full-back Leigh Halfpenny says the new kit is a perfect fit:
“The red jersey means so much to everyone in Wales. As a team and as a nation it brings us together and there is no greater feeling or honour than to have the opportunity to wear it and play for your country. The fit and feel of this new Under Armour jersey is ideal and I know the team will be looking forward to wearing it on the field for the first time when we face Australia in the Under Armour Series next month.”