The Vodafone Warriors have today unveiled an array of striking jerseys they will wear on special occasions throughout the 2020 NRL season.
Following on from the release of their home and away kit for next year - visit Warriors SuperStore - the club has confirmed an additional four playing jerseys, including a special strip in Wellington colours to be worn when the team takes on the Cowboys in the capital on Saturday, June 27.
Today’s announcement also includes the release of the 2020 training jersey.
Still to be unveiled is the jersey the Vodafone Warriors will wear when they take on the Storm in Melbourne on Anzac Day next year.
With the return of the NRL Nines in Perth next year, the Vodafone Warriors will wear a jersey which pays tribute to their 15 rivals.
The street-art inspired jersey depicts the NRL's 16 clubs as superpowers doing battle for the Nines title and comes complete with a backdrop of thunder clouds and lightning.
The central figure is based on a traditional warrior, complete with patu in hand, who stands tall and ready to take on all who challenge him.
Decked out in traditional Wellington colours of yellow and black, with inspiration from the Kiwi bush shirt, this jersey will be worn by the Vodafone Warriors when they return to the capital in June next year.
TĀUA TAHI INDIGENOUS JERSEY
In this design, we recognise and pay respect to the tangata whenua of New Zealand as well as Indigenous Australians and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the spiritual connection that binds them together as people of the land.
Tāua Tahi is the Māori way of saying “that’s us” – and that is the message our 2020 Indigenous Round jersey aims to convey. It depicts the coming together of the different indigenous cultures and the mutual respect they have for one another.
The kowhaiwahi design in the background, meanwhile, represents growth, life, positivity and reaching upward toward the light.
The Vodafone Warriors will wear the Tāua Tahi strip in the NRL’s Indigenous Round when they take on the Melbourne Storm at Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday, May 23.
TE MANGOPARE (ALTERNATIVE) JERSEY
Te Mangopare, which means hammerhead shark, is the name of this jersey which will be worn when the 2020 black away strip clashes with the opposition.
It is thus named due to the qualities of Te Mangopare such as strength and determination, and an unwillingness to give in no matter what the challenge is – values reflected in the club’s recent “All In” brand campaign.
This year the Vodafone Warriors’ training range features the poutama design. The poutama design symbolises the growth of men, continual development and constantly striving.
With this in mind, the design is mirror-imaged so that the steps climb upwards from both sides to reach the summit at the centre. The steps serve as symbols of attainment and advancement