Since they were revealed earlier this week, we’ve been working our way through Adidas’ special edition jerseys for the five New Zealand Super Rugby franchises to wear on tour, and we’re rounding it off by checking out the Hurricanes take on the concept.
As you’re probably a bit bored of us saying by now, the main body of the jersey features a distressed map of the geographical territory that the Hurricanes’ represent, with the details, picked out in solid yellow.
Once again these solid yellow areas represent the major provincial rugby unions that supply players to the Hurricanes – namely East Coast, Poverty Bay, Hawke’s Bay, Wanganui, Manawatu, Wairarapa-Bush, Horowhenua-Kapiti and Wellington – and once again we also have the latitude and longitude coordinates of the venue of the Canes match against the Lions, Wellington, on the left sleeve.
One feature that we haven’t mentioned in our reviews of the jerseys this week is the writing inside the collar – the Canes, Chiefs and Highlanders all feature motivational or meaningful text inside.
In the Canes’ case, it’s the same text that was used on the regular season shirts. Firstly we have ‘E ngunguru nei’ – a line borrowed from the All Blacks’ Kapa O Pango haka, used here to represent the four winds (the combined forces of the Hurricanes unions) reverberating and rumbling in unison.
Underneath them in small print, we have the names of those unions – it’s a nice touch that is only given further impact by the overall ‘united territory’ themes about all five of these special edition jerseys.
Despite the shared concept that all these Special Edition jerseys, it’s really interesting how each one has tailored that shared basic idea to reflect the identity and philosophy of each team and its provincial unions.
The Lions tour is a huge event for rugby in both hemispheres, and it should rightly be celebrated in the biggest, most memorable way possible – Adidas has helped ensure that every step of the tour is going to be an event in itself.