Highlanders change tack on green home strip

Last updated 15:38 06/09/2011
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The Highlanders have had a change of heart about their controversial new green jersey, deciding to use it only for away matches next year.

The Super Rugby franchise created a storm when they unveiled the green uniform for their final match at Carisbrook this year, hoping to start a new era for the side.

Fans and former players were outspoken in their condemnation of the green colouring, saying it had no bearing on the franchise.

The Highlanders' board released a statement today saying they would retain the Highlanders' traditional blue strip for home matches next year.

The Highlanders said they would consult with their community on a new strip for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

Highlanders CEO Roger Clark said that public feedback on the proposed green strip and the need for a neutral process for choosing a new colour had prompted this decision.

"We know that our fans and community are a huge part of what makes the Highlanders so special," Clark said.

"Whatever the difference of opinion we had with some members of our community - what is blatantly clear is that we all want what's best for the franchise, and we want a successful, winning rugby team.

"It's pretty hard to go anywhere without your fans, so we're staying blue, gold and maroon at home for next year, but we're definitely keen to freshen our look for the next two years."

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