adidas have unveiled the New Zealand Super XV franchises’ ‘Away’ shirts for the 2013 season, with the Hurricanes joining the Crusaders, the Blues and the Chiefs in opting for a predominantly white design.
Incorporating the names of the provincial unions which make up the Hurricanes catchment area (Wellington, Taranaki, Manawatu, Hawke’s Bay, East Coast, Poverty Bay, Wanganui, Wairarapa Bush and Horowhenua-Kapiti) on the collar, the shirt is crisp and contemporary, featuring highlights in ‘cobalt’ and ‘sunshine’.
Made from adidas’ patented 100% Polyester Climacool material, the shirt is form-fitting, lightweight yet strong, and breathable. The Hurricanes and adidas logos are embroided on the front, with competition sponsors’ logos on the sleeves, and BNZ, the key sponsor of the five New Zealand sides, front and centre.
Coach Mark Hammett drew huge criticism from fans and commentators alike when he cut loose several prominent stars, including Peri Weepu, Ma’a Nonu, and Hosea Gear, following the 2011 season, but the benefits were clear for all to see this season, as his exciting young side played a captivating brand of rugby, helped no doubt by the refreshed attitude of their senior players, including influential captain Conrad Smith. With talent to burn, including young fullback Andre Taylor and the outrageously gifted Savea brothers, fans of the Wellington-based side will be anticipating a great season from the ‘Canes in 2013.