1 Nov 2018

White collar back in new All Blacks jersey

10:17 am on 1 November 2018

The All Blacks have released a new jersey.

The new Adidas jersey, unveiled at a launch event in Tokyo, Japan, has a nod to the All Blacks' past, with the return of the white collar.

New All Blacks jersey 2018.

New All Blacks jersey 2018. Photo: All Blacks

It was designed and manufactured over an 18-month period.

Senior All Blacks, including Captain Kieran Read, Beauden Barrett, Samuel Whitelock and Sonny Bill Williams, gave input into the design and performance of the jersey.

Adidas specialist sports vice president James Foster said the key element of the design was the use of seamless, woven technology - an industry first for a rugby jersey.

As well, the jersey construction was fully automated which aimed to provide "unparalleled fit, strength and speed" and was 25 percent lighter than previous designs.

Another feature is the return of the white collar, last seen on the All Blacks jersey between 2011 and 2014. Other design details are 3D logos and raw, elastic cuffs.

The new jersey will make its debut in the Test against Japan in Tokyo on Saturday, and the team will wear it on the rest of the northern tour.

It will be in use until Rugby World Cup 2019, when a new All Blacks jersey will be launched, and then return for the 2020 All Blacks season.