Back in black for season's kick off ; Ospreys are going black to the future as their latest kit unveiled infront of more than 1,000 supporters at fun... [South Wales Evening Post (Wales)]
(South Wales Evening Post (Wales) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Back in black for season's kick off ; Ospreys are going black to the future as their latest kit unveiled infront of more than 1,000 supporters at fun day
THE Ospreys have gone back to basics for 2014/15 with a modern twist on their traditional black and white jersey.
The top for the new season, the first by global kit suppliers BLK, was unveiled at the Liberty Stadium yesterday at a family fun day attended by more than 1,000 supporters.
Players, coaches, directors and commercial partners joined the supporters for the eagerly anticipated first viewing of the new- look playing strip, which was shown off by Ospreys skipper Alun Wyn Jones and Dan Biggar - the highlight of a catwalk show featuring their team-mates, showcasing the full range of BLK merchandise.
The 2014/15 kit has a simple black and white design, recalling the fledgling days of the Ospreys and the earliest jerseys, fading into a grey panelling effect, a feature on the shirt between 2005 and 2008.
The colour scheme will bring back some great memories from the Ospreys' proud history, not least the victory over a touring Australia at the Liberty Stadium in 2006. For the first time, the Ospreys jersey features the logo of new commercial partners BT Sport in the premium spot across the chest of the home jersey, with OSTC FX filling that space on the away shirt that will be revealed later this month.
Yarnie Guthrie, Ospreys commercial manager, said: "The brand new Ospreys jersey is the best yet and will, I have no doubt, prove to be a massive hit with our supporters.
''Fittingly for the start of a new relationship, BLK have taken the classic Ospreys look and updated it to create something that is modern and fresh that looks superb.
"The quality of the playing and training kit, as well as the supporters range, is exceptional and will help to ensure the success of this year's jersey. The boys love wearing their new kit and appreciate the first-class quality, they believe it is the best we've ever had."
BLK chief marketing officer Jason Sintome added: "As a brand we are extremely pleased to have entered into a long-term partnership with Ospreys Rugby and look forward to working with the team and assisting in the continued development of game here in Wales through the provision of quality BLK player apparel and supporter ranges."
The Ospreys will wear BLK playing and training kit from the start of the 2014/15 season until the end of 2016/17.
BLK will also supply the regional age-grade teams, as well as providing an extensive range of supporters apparel.
?The new Ospreys jersey and the range of BLK merchandise will be available at the Ospreys club shop from 12.30pm, and available to order online at shop.ospreysrugby.com
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