New South Wales unveil alternate State of Origin jersey

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New South Wales have launched the first-ever alternate strip in State of Origin history.

The Blues will wear the new kit in the second game of the 2019 State of Origin series at Optus Stadium in Perth.

The kit is predominantly navy blue while it respects the team’s traditional colour of sky blue in the chevrons and on the sleeves.

New South Wales coach Brad Fittler welcomed the NSWRL’s move to bring out an alternate kit.

Fittler commented: “We pride ourselves on being innovative and this will be the first time in State or Origin history that a team has used an alternate jersey.

“It aligns with our vision of taking a fresh new approach to the series, and the game’s decision to take Origin matches to new frontiers. We fully support any move to grow rugby league’s showpiece event to even more fans.

“We’re confident our alternate strip will inspire a new generation of Blues’ supporters and give the crowd in Perth even more reason to get behind us as we defend the Shield.”

Fittler was appointed Blues’ coach for the 2018 series and helped end a four-year series drought as they lifted the State of Origin Shield.