The PRO14, with new teams and unfamiliar structures, finally gets underway this weekend with three intriguing games on Friday evening.
The league was officially launched last week in the Aviva Stadium and it gave us our first chance to see all the new jerseys together. And that got us thinking, who has the best one?
So, after a lot of considered thought, we’ve ranked all 14 home jerseys from best to worst.
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14. Cardiff Blues
Someone had to be last and we certainly didn’t take this decision lightly but there’s not much to praise in this design from Canterbury. From the gaudy sponsorship logos to the uninspiring pattern, it’s fairly dreadful. What really swung the vote here was this abomination.
13. Toyota Cheetahs
They may well be the first southern hemisphere to kick a ball in the PRO14 but they’ll be doing it in one atrocious jersey. If we’re honest, they’re joint-last with the Blues. Hideous stuff.
12. Benetton Treviso
Again, what were the design team thinking when they settled on this creation? The dreadfully overpowering “Cofiloc” logo is one thing but camouflage effect in the green hoops is inexcusable.
The subtlety to the logos makes up for the drab design of this one. There’s not a whole lot wrong with it, it just doesn’t do much for us.
The black/red combination works a little better here than above and the pattern is generally much more impressive. There’s a bit of a question mark over those collars but it’s a pretty decent strip nonetheless.
We’re definitely in the realm of acceptable now. There’s a lot to admire about Macron’s latest Scarlets jersey but it’s nothing that special. Solid.
We’ve seen better Leinster jerseys in our time and we’ve certainly seen worse. Nothing to write home about but very decent nonetheless.
Green can’t be an easy to colour to work with for the BLK design team but, in fairness, they’ve come up with a pretty good look.
The competition is pretty fierce from here on in and the Ulstermen are a little unlucky to be this far down the list. It’s hard to go wrong with the slick white look and the only mark against Kukri here is, again, the sheer size of the Kingspan emblem.
5. Southern Kings
Canterbury have pretty much knocked it out of the park on the Kings’ first kit in the PRO14 thanks to the bold design and general understated excellence. Lovely stuff.
Adidas have been in fine form of late when it comes to designing kits for the southern province and it’s continued this year. The three stripes on the shoulder is a particularly nice touch.
It takes some genius to make up for the Parma logo on the chest but that’s exactly what Zebre have come up with. The black on the bottom fading into the white on top is a touch of brilliance and they well deserve a podium spot on our list.
2. Glasgow Warriors
This could be a little controversial but we’re sticking with it. The tartan pattern under the arms was a bold move but it has certainly paid off. As for the rest of the kit, sheer excellence.
You could disagree with us on this.
But you would be wrong.