Dividing opinions for decades: playing jerseys. Today a mix of high-performance and fashion, it’s always a point of contention amongst rugby fans.
The NSW Waratahs have proudly worn their famous sky-blue strip for the majority of their history – albeit with a few tweaks along the way.
We’ve selected some of the most iconic designs to find the ultimate jersey!
Voting will be held across the NSW Waratahs social channels over the coming weeks, as we narrow down a very competitive field.
Let’s take a look at the contenders…
A feature of the 2010 and 2011 seasons. A short, white collar at the back with a sweeping dark blue swirl at the front of the neckline. The design also featured thin, dark blue piping around the sleeves and sides.
The original. An iconic piece of our state’s sporting history. An all sky-blue jersey with a traditional white collar, it’s been worn across generations of Waratah and is now re-created and worn each year when we face the Reds.
A feature of the late-1990’s which paved the way for the Southern Cross design at the turn of the century. The dark blue, white and sky-blue combination proved a popular choice and was donned by the likes of Burke and Kearns in the early days of Super Rugby.
Immortalised amidst a historic Championship win for the NSW Waratahs in 2014, the entirely sky-blue design will be forever attached to the state’s first Super Rugby title.
Part of a series of sky-blue designs with a short, dark blue collar with the front of the jersey featuring a series of white, textured blocks.
The Striped Sleeve
A fan favourite famously worn by the likes of Whitaker, Waugh, Vickerman and co. in the early-2000’s. Featuring a traditional collar with dark-blue striped sleeves, this will be a tough one to beat.
The current playing kit, officially launched in late-2019 with the NSW Waratahs current supplier X-Blades. A fresh take on the famous sky blue, which features dark blue panelling around the collar and sides to complement the playing shorts.
Southern Cross Rugby
The NSW Waratahs brought in the new Millennium with a design that moved away from the slightly traditional sky-blue. A predominately dark blue playing jersey, with two additional tones of blue and rounded out by a white, traditional collar.