Canterbury has unveiled the new Leinster home and alternate shirt for the 2013/14 season.
The brand says it’s worked hard with the three-time European champions to design a shirt that reflects the long-standing heritage of one of the most successful clubs in Irish rugby, with a motif that emphasises the strength of the team.
The four harp strings represented on the shirt signify Leinster, with the pattern then dividing into 12 to signify the 12 counties of the province and the strength they project when the people of the province come together.
The new shirt is engineered using Canterbury’s newest high performance fabric.
A high performance 100 per cent polyester elastane, the fabric delivers optimum strength and effective moisture management, making it lightweight and comfortable.
The elastane also delivers stretch, allowing a tight fit that doesn’t restrict movement, while allowing players to avoid tackles.
The shirt features an evolution of Canterbury’s signature power-band looped neckline, adding strength and reducing the chance of tears during the game.
The heritage feel of the shirt is heightened by the fabric’s cotton-like outer feel, which heralds memories of traditional rugby shirts, while delivering the modern benefits of a high performance polyester.
Leinster will wear the new home shirt in match action for the first time at home on August 30, when they come up against Northampton Saints in a friendly at the Donnybrook Stadium.
“We are immensely proud to unveil the new Leinster home and alternate shirts, which represents their club’s strength and the importance of community around the 12 counties,” Chris Stephenson, CEO of Canterbury, says.
“The iconic harp strings shown on the shirt are a subtle way of representing the club’s qualities, while incorporating the cutting edge fabric technologies that people have come to expect from the Canterbury brand.”