Canterbury, the official kit partner of Irish Rugby, has revealed the new Ireland Rugby Home and Alternate jerseys that will be worn by the men’s team throughout the 2020/21 season.
With a new look for both player and supporter, the home jersey blends a classic green with a subtle but striking block pattern representing strength, power and unity.
The ‘bio lime’ alternate jersey demands attention, embodying youth, vibrancy and energy while also featuring the block pattern that is synonymous with the new range. On closer inspection an energy pulse ripples through the jersey – a new design for a new era of Irish Rugby.
Canterbury is acutely aware that the demands on kit have never been higher, with comfort, performance and strength topping the list of player demands. The new Ireland jersey utilises a Vapodri+ finish, with adaptive wicking technology to keep them cool. The offset raglan sleeve flexes effortlessly, offering minimal resistance when passing the ball.
A mechanical knit construction is used to make the fabric stretch to a controlled locking point. This allows for a tight bind in the scrum, but won’t allow a player be dragged back in a tackle. The neckline utilises a low-profile V-collar, which is Canterbury’s premier neckline with engineered low friction elastic. The new Canterbury range has been put through a gruelling testing process in the lab as well as on the field by elite and grassroots teams across Ireland, the UK and New Zealand.
Commenting on the launch of the new range, Sean Kavanagh, Global Director of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship at Canterbury of New Zealand, says, “This is the seventh year of our partnership with the IRFU and we’re proud to continue our support of Irish rugby. It’s been a tough period for players and fans alike, as we wait for rugby’s return and the chance to see the team out on the pitch again.”
“Our role as official kit partner to the IRFU is to provide the team with the ultimate performance kit and supporters with a stylish, comfortable and distinct range of replica wear. We believe that this jersey is an elite performance garment with the style to match.”
Ireland Rugby Player and Canterbury Ambassador, Robbie Henshaw adds, “Canterbury has once again produced a kit that is stylish, functional and comfortable. A good jersey needs to look good on and off the pitch, for players and fans alike. This jersey does just that, and I can’t wait to be back on the pitch wearing it when I’m representing my country”.