Rugby kit launch: Ireland (IRFU)

PUMA and the IRFU today launched the new home and alternative kits for the Ireland Rugby team – and SportLocker have some exclusive images for you!

And as you can see, the home shirt takes its inspiration from the styling of traditional buttoned neck Rugby shirts from the 1800’s (just ask your granddad) and incorporates an off centre placket detail, a direct reference to an original Ireland shirt image that was found within the IRFU archives.

The Crest itself uses a unique lenticular application that gives it a three dimensional optic, designed to give the crest a premium look and feel.

As for the material, it is made using an innovative ‘four way stretch’ fabric that allows unrestrictive body movement and is engineered to wick away moisture to help regulate body temperature and therefore improve player comfort.

But beer belly owners beware! It is cut for an athletic fit – the shirt works with the body during exertion by providing compression to support muscles and improving blood circulation.

Plus the control panel on the chest takes the shape of the basalt columns that make up the Giant’s Causeway for extra support when on the pitch.

And the new alternative white shirt follows PUMA’s ‘speed theme’ with a dynamic look offering all the benefits of the home shirt complete with a contemporary neck line.

The neck itself is highly engineered to ensure the best possible player comfort and maximum durability, whilst the shirt also features padded detail on the nape of the neck for more impact cushioning during contact – further enhancing player confidence.

Roger Harrision, Marketing Director PUMA UK, commented: “We’re both proud to have again worked closely with both the players and coaching staff to deliver a range of kits that perform to the highest standard.

“Both the home and alternative shirts have been designed with player comfort as priority, while incorporating the latest PUMA technological developments.

“We wanted again to produce a kit that has an understated modern look and feel, whilst paying tribute to the IRFU’s heritage.”

Ireland will wear the new alternative jersey for the first time against France on 13th August in Bordeaux – the first time an alternative shirt has been worn against any other side other than South Africa.

What do you think of the shirts? Should Ireland always wear green unless the other team prevents it?
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The home shirt will be available from all good sports retailers from 7th July and the jersey will be sold in 3 versions – Authentic jersey €90, Replica jersey €66 and Replica kids €45

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