Super Rugby franchises reveal jerseys to be worn against Lions
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.
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.
"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."