The NSW Waratahs, in response to fan feedback, have unveiled a 2005 inspired heritage jersey which will be worn in their round 6 clash with the QLD Reds.
During COVID lockdown in 2020, the Waratahs held a competition on social media for fans to vote on their favourite jersey. The Waratahs listened and are wearing the most popular jersey for their heritage round clash with the Reds.
The jersey is a throwback to the mid 2000’s featuring the iconic dark navy sleeves, classic short navy-collar and combines with the heritage Waratahs logo.
This jersey was worn in the 2005 Super Rugby Final against the Crusaders and just pipped the 2014 Championship jersey as the fans number one pick during the voting period.
In what is sure to be a collector’s item for long time Waratahs fans, this iconic jersey is synonymous with players such as Lote Tuqiri, Phil Waugh, and current assistant coach Chris Whitaker.
Chris Whitaker was understandably thrilled with the fan’s choice and the replication of one of the jersey’s he wore during his playing career.
“It’s really great to see it come out, I’ve had a lot of good memories in that jersey” Whitaker said.
“The supporters will remember the good times we used to have in that jersey at the football stadium, and I’m very proud to have it as our heritage jersey this year”
Waratahs backrower Jack Dempsey is excited to be wearing the same jersey as players he looked up to as a kid growing up.
“I think this jersey is a great idea from the Waratahs. For the long-term fans, it’s a chance to reminisce and have a great sense of nostalgia of the ex-players who used to wear the jersey” Dempsey said.
“For me personally growing up watching guys like Chris Whitaker, Phil Waugh and David Lyons wear this jersey, it gives me a lot of pride as a player to swear a similar jersey to what they wore.”
The jersey is available for sale online at https://shop.nsw.rugby/