Wales have revealed their first kit under new kit providers Macron.
The new jerseys were unveiled simultaneously by Wales internationals Jonathan Davies, Ross Moriarty, Siwan Lillicrap and Gwen Crabb against a backdrop of jerseys from the community game in Wales.
It is set to be worn for the first time by Wayne Pivac’s men in the October 24 clash against France in Paris, while the women’s side will wear it in their Six Nations clash against Scotland on November 1.
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The bespoke home kit has a white V-neck collar tipped with green trim, with the same detailing repeated on the sleeve.
There are also a set of unique features based on Welsh motifs. The red dragon of the Welsh flag is embossed across the lower back of the shirt, while an embossed pattern resembling dragon scales – made up of the shape of the WRU’s three feather logo – covers the sleeves. The final Welsh motif is the Welsh word ‘anrhydedd’ – meaning ‘honour’ – embossed on the back of the collar.
The shorts are white with lateral red bands and a red drawstring with green tips – another nod to the national flag – while the socks are red with a white band broken up by a thin green line.
The away kit on this occasion is a black jersey with a white V-neck collar, this time tipped with red trim which is also found on the sleeves and cuffs.
The sleeves are again embossed with a design, but this time it’s a geometric graphic that “brings a new age look to the garment”.
The Welsh dragon is once again embossed on the lower back and another Welsh word, ‘Angerdd’, translating as ‘passion’ is on the back of the collar.
The shorts are white shorts with a black lateral band, black drawstrings and red tips, with black socks featuring an upper white band with a thin red line to complete the kit.
“The new kit is a striking representation of Welsh rugby tradition and we are delighted to be able to launch our new seven-year partnership with Macron in such a spectacular way,” said WRU CEO Steve Phillips.
“Macron have a tried and tested rugby pedigree, the first rugby kit they produced worldwide was for Neath RFC in 2008 and now they not only supply clubs throughout Wales, including two of our regional sides but also a quarter of sides in the PRO14.
“We are delighted with the bespoke kit, training and leisurewear Macron has provided so far, where Italian design meets Welsh passion with impressive results.
“And we are sure that the Welsh rugby watching public will be equally impressed when they get their hands on their favourite pieces in the expansive product range available.”
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From a technical standpoint, both shirts have an athlete’s body-fit cut with the main fabric being Armevo, a material that guarantees maximum comfort and durability on the field, while Bodytext inserts ensure perfect breathability and range of movement.
“The Welsh Rugby Union represents one of the pillar stones of world rugby and for Macron to stand side by side with this sporting giant, means that we as a brand, have reached yet another great milestone,” said Macron‘s CEO Gianluca Pavanello.
“The unrivalled passion surrounding the Welsh national team was an ever present stimulus that pushed our design team to create something unique, technically advanced and fashionable and they were only able to do this by working hand in hand with the WRU.
“Our goal is for the new kits to be instantly recognisable and something that clearly express the Welsh identity and spirit. We hope that our hard work has paid off and that the new collection will be loved by players and fans alike and that the kits evoke the emotion that such a great nation deserves.”
The new Wales jerseys are available exclusively from the WRU both online and at its flagship store in Cardiff.
The replica jersey is priced at £70 and the bespoke, authentic playing jersey retails at £96.