The new Welsh rugby kit has been unveiled for the first time today and will feature Bangor on the shoulder of the jersey.
Inspired by the Welsh national anthem ‘Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau’ (Land of my Fathers), Under Armour’s new design is intrinsically linked to the Welsh landscape, using the topography of unique areas around the country mapped out on the shoulders with subtle stitching.
Each shirt is unique, with the topography of different Welsh areas stitched into the shoulders of each new jersey. Neath, Lampeter, Bangor, and Cardiff all feature.
No two shirts will be the same as these contour lines, taken from maps, including Neath – the birthplace of the WRU in 1881 – Lampeter, Bangor and Cardiff are detailed in a unique way which is bespoke to each new piece of clothing.
Bangor are the founding club representing the North
Lampeter is widely believed to be the first town in Wales to have fielded a rugby team in the 1870s, Cardiff has pride of place on the kit as home of Principality Stadium and Bangor is a proud rugby city and founding club representing the North.
Bangor Rugby club was formed in 1876, with three players in the team who would eventually represent their country, Hugh Vincent, Charles Allen and Godfrey Darbishire.
In 1881 Bangor RFC sent representatives to the Castle Hotel in Neath where they were one of the clubs that formed the Welsh Rugby Union
The New Shirt is Now available To Pre-Order
With the return of a classic-red top and socks against contrasting white shorts, the jersey that brings a proud nation together is set to be worn for the first time when Wales take on Australia at Principality Stadium in the Under Armour Series next month.
The new kit will be available in shops from 24th October and can be pre-ordered now at www.wru.wales
Kit pricing information:
The new Wales kit retails at £90 for the authentic jersey, which carries the exact specifications of the playing kit and will be in place until the Rugby World Cup 2019.
Replica jerseys are priced at £65 for both men’s and women’s fit and £50 for youths.