Kiwis’ Anzac Test shirt to feature gold trim

The New Zealand Rugby League has revealed that the national team will wear a specially designed shirt for this year’s Anzac Test against Australia.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings in Turkey in World War One, which featured a hige contribution from soldiers from Australia and New Zealand.

As a mark of respect, the Kiwi’s traditional black jersey will feature additional gold-coloured trim, as well as the official Anzac poppy emblem.

“We recognise that the black jersey is a powerful image and something our players aspire to wear, so we don’t want to tinker with it too much,” NZRL chief executive Phil Holden explained.

“But this is obviously the centenary of the Gallipoli landings, and we wanted to pay respect to that important piece of New Zealand and Australian history in a tasteful way.

“Gold is a colour that has been important in Kiwis history – our first national side were known as the All Golds – so this seemed like a subtle way of making this particular jersey distinctive, without compromising our values.”

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