After losing the Grand Final in 2013, the Brumbies weren’t quite able to scale the same heights in 2014, losing out in the semi-finals to the Waratahs. The Canberra-based franchise is well armed for another run at the playoffs this year however, and once again they’ll be doing it wearing kit produced by Aussie league specialists Classic Sportswear.
As the only non-Australian NRL franchise, the New Zealand Warriors were always going to stand out. In recent seasons however, the Aucklanders haven’t been doing too much to stand out on the field – failing to trouble the top half of the NRL end of season standings since their 2011 run to the Grand Final. Instead, the Warriors have had to be content with standing out from the crowd with some of the most radical and eye-catching jersey designs this side of Stade Francais. Continue reading
It’s stating the obvious we know, but Super League titles aren’t won from within the boardroom. If they were however, then perhaps the Salford Red Devils wouldn’t have been considered 2014’s perennial underachievers. Dr Marwan Koukash, the millionaire racehorse owner, who’s vision of turning Salford from also ran’s to frontrunners didn’t really get past the first hurdle, although better things are expected in 2015. There have been further additions to the Devils playing roster, but arguably Salford’s biggest signing has come off the pitch, agreeing an eye catching kit deal with Under Armour, their first foray into Rugby League territory. Let’s look at their first endeavours… Continue reading
The Bunnies faithful had to wait 43 years for a premiership, with Russell Crowe’s awesome squad of international stars finally bringing home the trophy in 2014 in a Grand Final demolition of the Bulldogs. Though they may have lost a few key players to union, retirement or other clubs, most notably Slammin’ Sam Burgess, there’s enough proven quality left in the shape of his younger brothers Tom and George, and the incomparably gifted Greg Inglis, to launch a quality defence of their title. Continue reading
The surprise package of last season, the Panthers had some huge scalps along the way, and just missed out on a Grand Final meeting with South Sydney after a loss in the Preliminary to the Bulldogs. The Mountain Men will be hoping for more of the same in the same simple but stunning Asics shirts from last year. Continue reading
After a poor year by their high standards, the Sharks bounced back in 2014 with a return to the playoffs, winning the South African conference before eventually falling to the Crusaders in the semi-finals. It certainly marked a successful first year for the Durban franchise’s first year with new supplier BLK, and they’ll be hoping for a repeat performance this year – speaking of repeat performances… Continue reading
The All Stars game is a great concept and perfect pre-season entertainment just before the NRL kicks off on 5 March. Pitting a team of players with Aboriginal Australian descent against a squad voted for by fans, it makes for a cracking game and of course some wonderful jerseys. Continue reading