Revealed - New Ireland rugby jersey unveiled with 'tackle avoidance' enhanced
Canterbury have revealed the new Ireland jersey for the 2017/18 season and have made some interesting claims about it.
The official kit suppliers have added a number of features to the jersey that will be donned by Joe Schmidt's team for the first time in the November international against South Africa on November 11 and they claim that it will benefit the team when they are on the attack.
"As the game continues to adapt and evolve, Canterbury’s innovation team has redefined the function of a modern rugby jersey through research, testing and professional consultation, resulting in the most technically advanced jersey ever produced," Canterbury said.
"Inspired by each of the four provinces’ highest peaks, the jersey’s insignia acts as visual distraction, designed to mask movement and allow players to slip through the tackle.
"Player comfort and tackle avoidance have been enhanced with the inclusion of flatlock seams, triple needle stitching, increased sleeve mobility and a double layered loop neckline. The jersey has also been tested to perform in the most demanding conditions with increased burst strength and durability allowing it withstand everything the modern game can throw at it.
"Supporters have the option of wearing the ‘Test’ jersey, a replica of the on field jersey, the ‘Pro’ jersey which retains the look of the jersey that will be worn by the team while offering a more comfortable fit, and the ‘Classic’, a cotton fabric with a relaxed fit. Each jersey has its own unique sequential numbered security authenticator giving you a truly one of a kind piece of kit."
If we see Springboks falling off tackle in November we''ll know why.