Kiwi Super Rugby teams unveil 2016 kit

Date published: December 7 2015

New Zealand's five Super Rugby franchises have revealed their new jerseys for the 2016 season.

The strips were designed in conjunction with Maori All Blacks Kaumatua Luke Crawford and renowned local artist Dave Burke.

"These jerseys continue to build on our commitment to developing unique ways for players and fans to celebrate their team," says Quentin Bleakley, adidas New Zealand Country Manager.

"The Highlanders showed us the ferocity and determination required in this modern day game to take out the final last year from the valiant Hurricanes – so, this year, we pay even greater homage to the power of the Celtics with a bold reference to a Highland tartan," 

"The Blues jersey displays key locations of the region with tapa and tatau patterns that aim to proudly showcase the cultural diversity and Polynesian influence of the region.

"The Chiefs have incorporated their rich Maori heritage into the jersey design, elements in the design represent the history of the region, the provinces that make up the team and the power of the chiefs spirit in battle, while the Hurricanes jersey shows a visual reference to the power of the four winds (Nga Hau e Wha) that collide together and unite the region (Te Hau Awhio) as one.

"The Crusaders jersey is an evolution of their medieval theme with a watermark of a knight on horseback in a striking chevron pattern."