The limited edition jersey design acknowledges the thousands of females both young and old, who play and support rugby.
The pink and purple tinge commemorates wahine of all levels who play and support rugby, along with connecting to the Gallagher Chiefs training jersey colours to acknowledge the importance of preparation.
The black colouring in the jersey is to acknowledge the female rugby players from the Chiefs Region who have represented New Zealand at an international level.
The triangular arrow patterns on the jersey speak to the significance of always moving forward, both on the rugby field and in the promotion of females both playing and supporting rugby.
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Those attending this evening’s match were the first fans to see and purchase the new limited edition jersey. The 2020 Gallagher Chiefs Women in Rugby jersey will be available to purchase online once the match has concluded. Chiefs members and sponsors were given a pre-order opportunity before the jersey was revealed.
The new jersey will be worn by the Chiefs in round ten when they face the Bulls at FMG Stadium Waikato on Saturday 4 April. Each jersey from the playing twenty-three will be signed and donated to twenty-three different schools or clubs within the Chiefs Region to help raise funds for sports equipment, travel or apparel for their female rugby teams.
Chiefs Rugby Club Chief Executive Officer Michael Collins said: “We are excited to have unveiled the jersey to our members and fans attending tonight. The Club are exceptionally proud of what the jersey represents, and the Gallagher Chiefs team are honoured to be able to play in the jersey when they take on the Bulls.”
Chiefs Rugby Club General Manager Commercial said: “As an organisation with over 30% of our non-playing staff being female, we are so proud of the Gallagher Chiefs for acknowledging women in rugby with this jersey. The female contribution to our game is imperative to its success, from the females that play on the field, right through to the females that support it.”
– Chiefs Rugby
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