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New British and Irish Lions jersey unveiled... collars are back

The white embellishment returns for the first time since the successful tour to South Africa in 1997.

The jersey that the Lions will wear in Hong Kong and Australia.
The jersey that the Lions will wear in Hong Kong and Australia.
Image: lionsrugby.com

WE NOW KNOW what Cian Healy, Chris Robshaw, Tim Visser and Sam Warburton will be wearing when they face Australia next June.

There no reinvention of the wheel but adidas have brought some traditional touches back.

The British and Irish Lions made the official announcement this morning and gave us a history lesson in the process.

“The shirt for the Lions’ 125th anniversary tour features an enlarged crest,” lionsrugby.com announced, “similar to the crest on the original Lions jerseys and an increase of 120 per cent from the last adventure in 2009.

“There is a return to the traditional collar in a link to the 1997 tour of South Africa – the last tour in which the Lions secured a series victory.”

A subtle hoop design accents the jersey too, a throwback, we are told, to the first two Lions tours in 1888 and 1891.


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New-fangled designs are in the mix too as ‘clima lite’ and ‘Formotion Fit’ aim to bring about better breath-ability and assistance to ‘the body’s natural movements’.

2009 Lions captain Paul O’Connell poses during the squad’s announcement in London. (David Davies/PA Wire.)

The Lions play 10 games in total, with nine in Australia and one in Hong Kong, on 1 June, against the Barbarians.

The new shirt will be available for purchase on 1 December but eager fans can make pre-orders by clicking here.

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