ADVERTISING FEATURE AND COMPETITION
The iconic Great Britain Rugby League jersey has been revealed. Head of product at new manufacturers Hummel Robert Revell was at the forefront of its re-design. Here he tells Forty20 how much he relished being involved...
Designing the new Great Britain jersey was an absolute dream and honour. I’ve been a rugby league fan from the age of five, living in Hull and supporting FC. I’ve also played from seven years old upwards and eventually ended up turning out for West Hull. Around 1998, I was invited to train with Hull Sharks, as FC were briefly known, so to be involved again some 20 years later is fantastic.
My earliest Great Britain memory is the 1988 tour of Australia ... Henderson Gill doing a boogie ... the Phil ‘rubber man’ Ford try .... Mike Gregory’s full length of the field effort. I looked at that kit first as the basis for the design of the new jersey.
My favourite one has always been the 1992 version with the red and blue triangle design, as worn by my heroes Lee Jackson and Paul Eastwood from Hull, alongside such greats as Edwards, Hanley, Offiah and Schofield. It also looked good on Featherstone’s Deryck Fox, who I very much admired growing up.
I wanted to merge those two styles into a modern look, along with the blue shoulders which I always liked and thought differentiated GB from the England shirt.
The V design, therefore, has the tonal triangles running through it as a homage to 1992, with the flat cut-off at the bottom from the ‘88 version.
The aspect that took the longest time to create was the Union Jack on the back neck, made up of individually placed GB Lion heads, but it was well worth the effort.
We also wanted to fully modernise the jersey so used an emboss technique to add in the large lion head as a discovery detail.
It was also great to be able to go a little more ‘in your face’ with the 1992 influences on the multi-faceted training apparel, which thankfully has been really well received by players and fans alike.
Hummel have been seeking a presence in the rugby league marketplace for a while. Doing the England kit, including poppies to commemorate the fallen in WWI, and then the full GB range has been a great start.
We also send good luck messages to all the England Community Lions teams who have matches and tours over the next couple of months and are part of the overall deal.
The Youth team have Home Nations games, the U16s a NSW tour, U23s are in Ireland, the men’s team are touring New Zealand and also the women’s side; it’s been a fair commitment and challenge but everyone seems satisfied with the look.
Since the GB shirt was launched we have been happy to announce a further signing to become kit partner to Wigan Warriors. Hopefully we can cement ourselves within not only the international game but also Super League.
n Forty20 has teamed up with Hummel to offer one lucky reader the opportunity to parade in the new GB shirt in time for this autumn’s tour.
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