The news out of London overnight is that the re-design of the All Blacks uniform:
- loses the white collar,
- fades back the logos to silver, rather than white, and
- introduces differences in the cut between forwards and backs jerseys.
Anyone who wants to get on a moan about how designs are changed just so you have to buy another jersey and it’s all commercial yah de yah, should be made to stand in the public square and explain how they’re going to retain the likes of McCaw, Carter, Read, Cruden, Whitelock (add in the whole damn squad) on a budget of $13.72. Of course it is. Move on. And by the way, nobody’s forcing you to buy one.
The real change is in the differentiation of the jerseys, which is long overdue not just because they have different body shapes, but also because they have different tasks on the field.
The major difference is the forwards jersey has a looser area on the side with raised seams to allow players to grip with their fingers when binding at scrums and in mauls.
I look forward to the new 2015 jerseys being designed for the Poneke Pies. They’ll come in three different shapes: backs, forwards and Ned. The latter will include convenient handles for the zambucks/funeral directors to lift the carcass so the game can carry on.