The 2017 offseason saw the end of one of the longest standing partnerships in rugby apparel history – after more than 30 years together, it was revealed that Adidas and Western Province Rugby were parting ways, and that the union would go in-house with its kits from 2018.It was something that went down understandably badly with fans, but now that the results of that first home-made partnership have been with us for a little while, were they right to be worried?
Honestly? A little. Let’s not beat around the bush here, compared to the Adidas designs that the Stormers have rocked over the last few years, there’s something about this that feels a bit ‘early 2000s teamwear catalogue’ – the collar looks like a BLK knockoff, there’s a bit too much going on in the sleeves, and the Stormers crest is just a bit too big.
However, we like the nod to the WP hoops down the side panels, and even though they’re a bit busy, the sleeve motif actually looks quite good.
Own-brand kits generally don’t go that well, but this is actually one of the better efforts we’ve seen – that said, they lack the premium feel and design intelligence of a big brand jersey.