While a bold choice, it doesn’t quite crack the list of the worst jerseys of all time. Here’s some of the best of the worst from the Herald archives.
1) The court jesters
Perpignan’s attemped checkers design could have looked classy, but ended up looking more like the class clown with their jester-inspired design.
2) England designers at sixes and sevens
English fans were blinded by designs for the sevens jerseys a couple of years ago that one newspaper described as “a psychedelic strip that resembles a 1980s arcade game”. In one of the great moments in jersey design, rugby officials reckoned pixelation had been used to “portray the DNA of the rose”.
3) Fitzy spews
Sydney Morning Herald columnist Peter FitzSimons, a former test forward, this week recalled getting an early peek at a new Wallaby jersey in 1997. He was immediately inspired to pen a column describing it as looking like “volcano vomit” amongst other things.
4) Not All Blacks
The All Blacks used a weird grey and black number to avoid a clash with France in THAT 2007 World Cup quarter final in Cardiff. The jerseys looked like the work of the people involve in creating New Zealand cricket one-day uniforms. At least that famous loss meant the jersey has never been seen again.
5) Brace yourself
Supporters of Austrian rugby – yes there is such a thing apparently – came up with a jersey design that included boring brown braces.
6) Stade but never staid
Stade Francais are the kings of weird rugby jersey designs. A typical effort came in 2008 which featured faces of Parisienne 13th-century heroine Blanche de Castille, the wife of Louis VIII, in a multi-coloured design “in the fashion of Andy Warhol”.