Ulster Rugby unveil new home and away kit

Franco van der Merwe, Louis Ludik and Tommy Bowe model the new Ulster kit
Franco van der Merwe, Louis Ludik and Tommy Bowe model the new Ulster kit

The wait finally ended on Wednesday evening for Ulster Rugby fans as the new kit was unveiled..

The new home and away jersey’s were official launched by Kukri Sportswear at the Kingspan Stadium - and fans also got to meet two of the new signings, South Africans Franco van der Merwe and Luis Ludik.

The new home and away kits combine eye-catching design with the latest in sports technology.

Designed by the Kukri Sportswear team in Lisburn, the 2014-15 home jersey is made from Taloc fabric, which is lightweight but durable.

The jersey incorporates Ulster Rugby’s traditional colours of White, Red and Black on the body and sleeves.

The design itself is sublimated, which means it’s printed onto the fabric as it’s made to keep it lightweight.

The Ulster Rugby and Kukri logos are embroidered.

Bound to prove popular is the new colourful alternative to the home jersey, the purple away jersey which incorporates Ulster red across the chest and collar.

Kukri Ireland director, Terry Jackson, explained: “It is Kukri’s Elite Rugby Jersey, which is made from brand-new 4D Tech fabric with 4-way stretch, and a new, super-strong collar called ‘The Bridge’.

“The hoop design is sublimated to keep it lightweight and abrasion free, as the design is printed onto the fabric as it’s made. “

Ulster will wear the new away jersey for the first time when they play Exeter Chiefs in the first of two pre-season friendlies.

The English Premiership side will visit the Kingspan Stadium on Friday, August 22.

The new kit also revealed the addition of the BT Sport logo to the player’s jersey for the first time, as the club’s official communications partner aligns its sponsorship of Ulster Rugby with BT Sport’s growing focus on European Rugby.

Ulster fans enjoyed a question and answer session with the new players and establish Ulstermen, Darren Cave, Tommy Bowe and Nick Williams.

There was also a meet the players and see the new kit at SS Moores sports shop in Belfast city centre on Wednesday night.

It is two seasons since the Ulster squad changed their kit.

The new Ulster Rugby kit for the 2014/15 season starts at £45 for children and £55 for adults and is on sale in the Kukri sports store at the Kingspan Stadium and online at www.ulsterrugbyshop.com