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The Wallabies New World Cup Jersey...ouch...

June 25th 2007 06:11
...ouch...ouch...ouch...ouch. ...

Wallabies World Cup Jersey 07. Larkham, Gregan, Giteau. image courtesy of ARU
(l-r) The Demi God, The Guv'ner, The Hobbit


...I'm not really in any state to speak, let alone type right now but I do urge you to click on the image to see Larkham the photo in full glory...and by the way...Hobbit is standing on something...

Larkham is about 6'2"... Gregan is about 5'9"...and Giteau is a Hobbit.


from ARU

The Australian Rugby Union and Canterbury International have today announced a new jersey for the Qantas Wallabies’ 2007 Rugby World Cup campaign.

The new slimfit jersey, which has been under development for three years between Canterbury designers and Loughborough University in the United Kingdom, has been created to give the Wallabies and other Canterbury teams a performance edge.

"other Canterbury [wearing] teams"?

Oh. So that's practically all the other teams that play Rugby.
...but it 'fits' my sense of fairplay....although I do think the All Blacks need viagra rather than enhanced jerseys...you know?...to keep their game up...because they always wilt at the climax.

And "3 years"??? Oh come on.
They don't put this much time and dedication into developing solutions for the relevant issues like eradicating global poverty and hunger, ceramic water fuelled engines and a way to clone an understudy for Larkham.


The new design retains the predominantly gold characteristic of the Wallaby jersey and also considers the conditions the players will face in France.

...well...they should have added a codpiece then.
The French are notorious squirrels.....


The jersey has been designed to meet the needs of different player positions, with design features including the placement of specific grips on the jersey to retain the ball whilst running and to enhance binding in the scrum.

The jersey includes a short and long sleeve option, as well as a cap sleeve version which has been developed specifically for the Wallabies props. A new offset loop neck and slimfit design will help the players evade collar and jersey tackles.

...and you all thought womens bras were complicated....

A number of senior Wallabies were involved in testing the new jersey including George Smith, Al Baxter, Stephen Larkham, Lote Tuqiri and Matt Giteau.

“All of the players involved in testing the new jersey felt it gives us more freedom of movement and has a better sleeve and body fit and greater breathability,” Qantas Wallabies flanker George Smith said.
“It still keeps the traditional element of gold, which the Wallabies are well known for, and the Webb Ellis Cup logo on the sleeve is a nice touch ahead of this year’s tournament in France. I particularly like the grip panels on the front of the jersey – they add an extra dimension in terms of look and performance.”

Stephen Larkham.
Grip panels.

I'm going to leave this one alone.


Other jersey innovations include an underarm stretch panel for improved freedom of movement and a new super lightweight Temex® fabric that significantly reduces moisture retention and the weight of the jersey.
The new age fabric also wicks perspiration away from the skin to the jersey surface, preventing player overheating, discomfort and helping to maintain player performance.


Is this a jersey or a prophylactic?

This bit of [jersey] information was a bit too much for DDH. In his Rugby playing days, players used discomfort to enhance player performance....the oppositions discomfort.


The Qantas Wallabies new Canterbury jersey will be officially launched at Sydney’s Martin Place on July 5 and players will wear it for the first time when they meet the Springboks at Telstra Stadium in Sydney on July 7.

A range of replica (supporters) versions of the new jersey are now available at Canterbury retail outlets. Stockists: 1300 551 133 or www.CanterburyNZ.com.


I cannot be objective about the jersey at this stage. I'm still swooning at the sight of Larkham in it....

What do you think?




info and image courtesy of the ARU


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Comment by yoda76

June 25th 2007 06:17
Looks like tool-time to me.

Is this a jersey or a prophylactic?

Kinda apt from here, given my dislike of most football players. Kinda fits.


Comment by DuskDevi

June 25th 2007 06:23
....but Yoda...

Rugby players are not footballers.

....hand to try coordination....

Isn't Soccer football? Or vice versa?

Tool time huh?

....was that a sledge hammer?

How you doing buddy? I'm surprised to see you Orbling at this time. You and The M are late night Orblers usually!

...is '76 the Year of DOB?


Comment by KylieW

June 25th 2007 06:33
Dusk,

Hello lovely. Mmmm....that is a nice pic. I do like Giteau. He's a cutie.....even if he is a hobbit!!!

I used to work at a uniform company and I discovered how high-tech fabrics can be. They were using fabrics that had wicking to draw sweat away in shirts as well. Didn't make the ugly clothes they made any prettier......but at least you didn't sweat in them. LOL

But seroiusly, 3 yrs to come up with a shirt??????

Kylie

Comment by yoda76

June 25th 2007 06:37
Rugby players are not footballers.

....hand to try coordination....

Isn't Soccer football? Or vice versa?

Tool time huh?

....was that a sledge hammer?

Trust you to turn a sledge into a complicated retort

How you doing buddy? I'm surprised to see you Orbling at this time. You and The M are late night Orblers usually!

Wow -you know a little too much about us methinks... Mrs M is not well today, so I'm home watching the paduwans - a day off of sorts.

...is '76 the Year of DOB?

Yup. Clocked over the big '30' November last year.

Comment by David

June 25th 2007 06:40
Haka Duck!

Prop-Full-Active Condomania!

Line Out or Time Out?

The Torso and Groin of a Forward.

I'd better prop stop. You're probably busy.

Comment by DuskDevi

June 25th 2007 07:03
Hiya KW...

I was just reading about Eddie!
...he's such an ass...!


I really shouldn't be so hard on Hobbit. I mean Giteau.

He is about 5'10.

...and I was a fan until he left the Brumbies. Traitor.

If it takes that long to come up with a jersey that prevents overheating...do we really think we're going to 'fix' global warming in our lifetime?

Sheesh.

...and that's a bit profound for me...too early in the week for that kind of stuff...

Hope you're well hon.

Dusk

Comment by DuskDevi

June 25th 2007 07:16
Hi Yoda...

Trust you to turn a sledge into a complicated retort
I nailed it then did I?

Wow -you know a little too much about us methinks...

It's the Force Yoda...we are all connected.

That and the fact that when DDH is away, I am up very late, writing and there's this little thing called email notifications.

I subscribe to yours and Mrs M's blogs.

And if I've commented on one of your blogs, or another blog...around midnight is when I see you and Mrs M commenting.

So you can stop looking for that camera now.

...a Jedi has no need for such things....

Mrs M is not well today, so I'm home watching the paduwans - a day off of sorts.
No my friend.
It's Mrs M that has the day off.

Be well buddy.

Dusk

ps. ach lad...yer a baby....and I feel old....

Comment by DuskDevi

June 25th 2007 07:22
I'd better prop stop. You're probably busy

Well darlin'...I never stop moving Forward...

...and I really don't have the faintest bloody clue what to write in response!

Be well sugah

Dusk. quack

Comment by David

June 25th 2007 07:29
Dusk

I had a feeling that comment might throw you a bit.

I gather you're having a busy day.

On the rare occasions I have a busy day? I find responding to certain comments difficult.

So, don't worry about it. At least you do respond to every comment.

It was just what came to me when I saw the pics and read your post. The comment was meant for your enjoyment not to solicit a response. It's not like I posted any artwork.

David ...

Comment by Andrea

June 25th 2007 07:54
A new offset loop neck
... what the...?

I must admit, I quite like it but you can't tell whether it really looks spunky on them until they start running. Has to look good in motion too.

I'm waiting, with heightened anticipation, to check out those rippling six-packs.

Three years? Bloody hell ...
Take care, dear Dusk, I'm off for an extended nap now.
Cara. xxxx

Comment by Kleonaptra

June 25th 2007 08:11
Oh Man,
Holding my sides as usual....
"Grip panels" Please dont leave it alone Dusk, have at it, I want to hear it.....

Comment by Norm

June 25th 2007 08:14
Dusk,

i caught the springbocks and the all colourless play on Sat. night.
It was a rather spiffing contest that I enjoyed moderately.
But I found it mildly amusing that adverbs are so great.
I mean... fairly amusing that the ref can call a player for rough play ( or something like).
And go to the video for certainty.

Giteau looks a lot like a skinny white.
Maybe he's just a flat white.

Norm

Comment by DuskDevi

June 25th 2007 08:24
Hiya David...

Well...looking at some of my other posts...I haven't replied to quite a few comments! Eeek!

I try to reply to all comments left. I am very appreciative of the time taken to read (my ramblings!) and comment.
...but sometimes...I really do have to force myself to de-Orble.
In order to get other work done.

I'm sure we all understand this.

I have a separate email folder for Orble post & comment notifications that I have/want to get to later but sometimes I forget to check it!

You? Oh man...I don't how how you keep up!

Busy as a Rugby....

It's not like I posted any artwork.
...but you couldn't help the smartarse-work!


Comment by DuskDevi

June 25th 2007 08:54
Hiya my Cara...

I quite like it but you can't tell whether it really looks spunky on them until they start running. Has to look good in motion too

...yeah...being taken off quickly.

Cripes I'm a perve.

I'm waiting, with heightened anticipation, to check out those rippling six-packs

...as are you!!

Hope you hav/had a good nap my Cara.

big hug

Dusk

Comment by DuskDevi

June 25th 2007 09:00
Hiya Kleo...

Please dont leave it alone Dusk, have at it, I want to hear it.....

I can't. This is a PG rated blog.

...and no, that doesn't stand for Panel Grip or Pelvis Grind...

Have a great night Kleo hon...

Dusk

1800-MAUL-ME

Comment by DuskDevi

June 25th 2007 09:09
Hello giNORMous...

We forgot to watch that match but I did record it. Might watch it if I can't sleep tonight....

fairly amusing that the ref can call a player for rough play ( or something like).
And go to the video for certainty.

Told you Refs were blind.

a Skim Latte, a short black and a mock-a...

from the bottom of my bottomless...

Dusk

Comment by yoda76

June 25th 2007 09:24
ps. ach lad...yer a baby....and I feel old....

People keep saying that...!?

...and no, that doesn't stand for Panel Grip or Pelvis Grind...

So much for PG, you Perverted Groupie...


Comment by DuskDevi

June 25th 2007 09:31
Hey...come on now...at least I didn't say

1800-RUCK-ME.

Now that's perverted...giggle...

Comment by yoda76

June 25th 2007 09:40
1800-RUCK-ME.

Nice...

...or should that be naughty?


Comment by Ash

June 25th 2007 10:38
Hi Dusk,

Um can you please put a warning in your title next time? My heart is a little fragile ya know!

All Blacks need viagra rather than enhanced jerseys...you know?...to keep their game up...because they always wilt at the climax.

HAHAHAHAHA I know someone who is going to LOVE that comment! hahahahaha!

3 years? just to come up with a shirt that you don`t sweat in? blo*dy hell! Hope they come up with shoes that drain it all out too...

happy monday to ya Dusk hope your weekend was good.
hugs
ash

Comment by DuskDevi

June 25th 2007 12:21
Ash hon....I did say "...ouch..."

...ouch....ouch...ouch...ouch ....


As for that quote?...I'm thinking about getting some t-shirts done...!!! (that is a joke)

Hope they come up with shoes that drain it all out too...

It's like how NASA spent years and $$$ creating a pen that wouldn't leak in space.

The Russians used a pencil.


big hug hon...weekend was cold...yet warm...

Dusk

Comment by Cibbuano

June 25th 2007 23:25
new jersey: what's with the 'breast enhancing' lines?

so the new jerseys fight global warming? Or just armpit warming?


Comment by Miswanderlust

June 26th 2007 01:35
Dusk
Oh my...so pretty... and the uniforms not bad either... Love slimfit (unless it is a prophlaytic). Love cod pieces unless they are too large... would want to enhance performance...but isn't overheating the idea? Grip panels...kinky...

Mis

Comment by DuskDevi

June 26th 2007 07:19
Hi Cibby....

I think the chest enhancing lines are meant to depict armour...you know..seeing as Rugby is the last Gladiator style sport.

...I think the jersey has actually, so far, contributed to glOrble warming....well, my side of the glOrb...

Comment by DuskDevi

June 26th 2007 07:24
Hi Mis...

I have not got a response to your absolutely bloomin' fantastic comment!

Hope you'r well hon...are you on the road again?

Dusk

Comment by Mrs M

June 26th 2007 08:09
Hi Dusk,

What's with the poxy pimply sort of yellow but not quite stripe across the front?

Can they blame the jersey if they don't win the World Cup? Will they credit the jersey if they win the World Cup?

Love & stuff
Mrs M

Comment by DuskDevi

June 26th 2007 09:07
Can they blame the jersey if they don't win the World Cup?
Will they credit the jersey if they win the World Cup?

No.

If they win the World Cup, then John O'Neill will take the credit. The jerk...see?

If they don't win...they can blame the
poxy pimply sort of yellow but not quite stripe across the front

They can say it made them sick.

Be well Mrs M.

Dusk

Comment by Miswanderlust

June 26th 2007 15:55
Dusk my Dear
I am home for a couple of weeks and then "on the road again!"

bloomin' fantastic comment!
Deep Bow.....
I look forward to your next post!
Mis

Comment by Poleaxed

July 6th 2007 00:00
Absolutely idiotic. The curved panels on the front makes them look like they are wearing training bras. Like in the photo of Bernie and George on the www.smh.com.au home page this morning -- I thought they were on a buck's night stunt with the fake tits and all.

Comment by DuskDevi

July 6th 2007 00:27
Hello Poleaxed...

Thank you for your comment. Each to their own.

Although I am not that fond of this jersey, isn't it really about what the players while wearing them rather than what the jersey looks like?

Would you say this to their faces?
I thought they were on a buck's night stunt with the fake tits and all.

I don't think so.

You can't even show your face here.

Again...thank you for your comment.

DuskDevi

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