Alongside the Auckland Nines, the All Star game is the traditional curtain raiser to the NRL season, and once again this season the best of Australia’s indigenous talent will be taking on the rest of the world at Newcastle’s McDonald Jones Stadium.
Things are a little different on the jersey front this time around, however, as Aussie rugby league specialist ISC has taken over from BLK as the NRL’s official apparel supplier, and is therefore kitting out both the World All Stars and the Indigenous team, whose jersey we’re looking at here.
Interestingly, even though we’ve changed suppliers this year, the look of the Indigenous All Stars’ design is very similar to the designs BLK has made for the last two seasons, and there’s a very good reason for that.
ISC, like BLK before them, have adapted a painting by contemporary indigenous artist, Chern’ee Sutton, to form the main design of the jersey. The league has used the 19-year-old (yup, 19!) Queenslander’s art as the basis for the last two Indigenous All Star jersey, and she’s also designed Borobi – the mascot for next year’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Sutton was also responsible for designing the Indigenous All Stars badge, but we wouldn’t blame you for missing it amongst the sea of colour on show here. Even by the standards of the Indigenous All Stars’ jerseys this is the most striking and colourful design yet.
The All Stars’ shirts are supposed to be eye-catching, and this shirt once again fulfils the brief in fine style – it’s a dense, detailed, incredibly intricate design that rewards up-close inspection, but looks pretty stunning from a distance, too.