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Maori All Blacks 2016/17 adidas Jersey

2016/17 Kits

Maori All Blacks 2016/17 adidas Jersey

adidas has released the 2016/17 Māori All Blacks rugby jersey, inspired by the natural elements of Aotearoa.

The stunning shirt will be worn during the Maori All Blacks 2016 tour that will see them meet the USA, Munster and Harlequins. It is now available at World Rugby Shop and Lovell Rugby.

Maori All Blacks 2016 2017 adidas Rugby Jersey, Shirt, Kit

Renowned Māori artist, Dave Burke, and the Māori All Blacks’ team kaumātua, Luke Crawford, worked collaboratively over 18 months to design the jersey. The complex final design embodies the powerful, free-flowing rugby for which the team is famous, and pays respect to traditional Māori culture.

New Zealand’s powerful oceans are central to the jersey design to showcase the strength and agility of the Māori All Blacks. “The kōwhaiwhai patterns surrounding Tangaroa represent tidal flow, movement, strength, determination, power and speed,” explains Burke.

Maori All Blacks 2016 2017 adidas Rugby Jersey, Shirt, Kit

Burke’s intricate design also showcases the team’s unity: “A waka paddle runs through the mānawa (heart) line and flows in through Tangaroa becoming the arero (tongue) of Tangaroa. This symbolises moving together in one direction with one heartbeat, unity, whānau and purpose.”

The team’s famed free-flowing style is also represented by the cutting edge of the waves. The carving design on the waka paddle represents koiri (to flourish),” says Burke.

Maori All Blacks 2016 2017 adidas Rugby Jersey, Shirt, Kit

The background infill of the designs represent scales, which link back to the central theme of Tangaroa, and the residents of his domain, such as Mangōpare, Mako and Mangōtipi.

Simon Cartwright, Senior Director, adidas Rugby, says: “It’s great to have Dave Burke and Luke Crawford on board again this year to create one of the most complex designs for the jersey ever. They have successfully incorporated the strength and determination of the Māori All Blacks into the Tangaroa theme.”

Maori All Blacks 2016 2017 adidas Rugby Jersey, Shirt, Kit

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