Today Canterbury and Leinster unveiled the province's new 2014/15 European kit to the media at University College Dublin.
The 'Test' shirt is influenced by key insights from professional players. Consequently the shirt is designed to be worn tight while allowing flexibility, movement and comfort.
The side seams have been brought to the back to reduce the stress point of seam breakage and the cuffs are constructed from a Nylon/Spandex blend which ensures a streamlined fit around the biceps.
The aesthetic elements of the shirt are a modern take on a classic hoop jersey. Two staggered hoops in the centre in turn create four gold bands which put the four strings of the gold harp of Leinster at the heart of the jersey.
Two gold bands on each sock also call out the four strings of the harp. Adorning the chest are the embroidered logos of both the Canterbury and the Leinster crest.
Canterbury continues to push the boundaries of innovation in rugby - the new Leinster shirt is engineered using Canterbury's latest high performance fabric, which delivers optimum strength and moisture management for a lightweight and comfortable feel.
The fabric also delivers significant stretch capabilities, which allows a tight fit to help players evade tackles without restricting movement
The Loop 21.3 collar, is an evolution of Canterbury's signature Loop 21 neckline which has been developed for enhanced durability. Triple-bar tacks are configured to increase the strength of the shirt at the usual vulnerable areas, vastly reducing the risk of rips and tears.
Connacht Rugby and the IRFU are pleased to announce the extended contract of Ireland international Kieran Marmion. The 23-year-old, who was first capped for Ireland in the summer of 2014, has put pen to paper on a new two-year contract with Connacht Rugby.