Super Rugby franchises reveal jerseys to be worn against Lions video

LAWRENCE SMITH/Stuff.co.nz

Players from the five New Zealand Super 15 teams gather at the launch of the new Lions tour inspired rugby jersey at Woodhill, north-west of Auckland. Media get put through their paces on the obstacle course.

New Zealand's Super Rugby franchises have revealed the jerseys for their matches against the British and Irish Lions.

The five jerseys were unveiled in Auckland on Wednesday, and are themed around defending our territory. 

The teams will give the new strip a trial run in this weekend's round of Super Rugby matches before the Lions tour in June.

Players from the five New Zealand Super Rugby teams gather at the launch of the new Lions tour inspired rugby jerseys.
LAWRENCE SMITH

Players from the five New Zealand Super Rugby teams gather at the launch of the new Lions tour inspired rugby jerseys.

It is the first time that the Lions will be pitted against Super Rugby sides.

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The first test is on June 24 at Eden Park.

 

Hurricanes hooker and NZ under-20s captain Leni Apasai should get two cracks at the Lions with his franchise and in the fourth unofficial test for New Zealand Maori in Rotorua. 

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"The last time they came I was only a fan in the stands so to play against them either for the Hurricanes or Maori it would be a huge honour," he said. "These jerseys will be a part of history too."

After the Lions take on the provincial Barbarians in Whangarei, the Blues are the first Super Rugby team to meet the tourists at Eden Park. 

"It's a big focus for us," Blues prop Alex Hodgman said. "It's an exciting opportunity and getting to wear these new jerseys is awesome. Seeing those young guys getting to play against a prestegious team such as the Lions will be an awesome opportunity."

Knocking over the Lions would be even better. 

"It would set the scene for us. We've been training hard so we'll wait for that chance."

 

 - Stuff

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