adidas Rugby has launched the New Zealand All Blacks 2019 home and away jerseys. They will be worn by the defending world champions in the lead up to and at Rugby World Cup Japan 2019.
The 2019 All Black home jersey was unveiled at a launch event in Tokyo, Japan, with adidas revealing an advanced jersey of the future, which also has a nod to the All Blacks past as well.
Designed and manufactured over an 18-month period, a group of senior All Blacks gave input into the design and performance of the jersey, including Captain Kieran Read, Beauden Barrett, Samuel Whitelock and Sonny Bill Williams.
James Foster, VP adidas Specialist Sports said the key element of the design was the use of seamless, woven technology – an industry first for a rugby jersey.
As well, the jersey construction was fully automated which aimed to provide unparalleled fit, strength and speed and was 25 percent lighter than previous designs.
Another feature sure to please All Blacks traditionalists is the return of the white collar, last seen on the All Blacks jersey between 2011 and 2014, while finer details sees 3D logos and raw, elastic cuffs in the design.
The New Zealand All Blacks 2019 away kit uses the same slimfit rounded neck design as the home shirt. It is a mainly white afftair with bands made of white lines on its sleeve cuffs. Like the primary jersey its inner neckline taping reads “All Blacks”.