KooGa Rugby and the history of the Wallabies Rugby jersey


On Australia Day 2010, KooGa Rugby, with the help of current Wallabies Matt Giteau, Benn Robinson and Berrick Barnes, launched their new Wallabies rugby jersey. In doing so, KooGa began to contribute to a history of rugby dating back to 1899 when Australia played its first series in 1899.

In this edition of the jersey, KooGa has kept the traditional green and gold Wallabies, although green is a little less common in this edition. When the Wallabies played that very first series, their jersey was actually blue or red and had a predominant coat of arms. After the First World War, Queensland took a break and Australia was only represented by New South Wales in the tests. When they reunited in 1929, Australia was finally represented in its current colors, green and gold.

There were a few exceptions to avoid color clashes with opposing teams. For example, in 1933 Australia returned to blue to play the Springboks and white with a little green and gold to play the All Blacks in 1938.

While the new color scheme of the KooGa rugby jersey follows in the tradition of green and gold, which began in 1929, this is where the similarities to these historic jerseys end. As the CEO of the Australian Rugby Union said at the launch, “Obviously the Wallabies sweater from that era is a long way from where we are today with state-of-the-art, form-fitting and temperature-controlling clothing. , but the Wallaby Gold remains consistent. “.

This has been a trend for all international rugby countries, and the form-fitting style of rugby jerseys was really first presented en masse at the 2003 World Cup. It saw a change in appearance if not in color. on the famous jerseys worn by figures like England, Ireland and the All Blacks. All use their traditional colors of white, green and black respectively, but all have gone from the loose, heavy cotton and collar swimsuits of the past.

Technology has continued to improve since this World Cup, which saw rugby jerseys, especially the new All Blacks jerseys from Adidas, crumble. This latest installment from KooGa Rugby is described as ‘bulletproof’ and ‘virtually indestructible’, even containing materials such as hydrosteel and carbon fiber. They also control light and body temperature which has become standard in professional rugby jerseys. In all respects certainly a far cry from the first international Australian rugby jerseys first worn in 1899.

Source by M A Williams


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