10 Dec, 12:23
Ireland's John Lacey will referee his first ever RBS 6 Nations match in February, while Alain Rolland is also included in the Elite Panel in what is his last season.
The final range sees the predominant colour of the home kit return to the traditional Connacht green with a splash of black on the sleeves, side and back. The green is carried onto the shorts and socks with a black band completing the home kit.
The blue and white colours of the Connacht crest once again provided the inspiration for the away kit. This year, the jersey also features black and is finished with a white trim. Blue shorts with a white knot and white socks complete this new look away kit.
Alex Saul, head of marketing & commercial for Connacht Rugby, said: "We're absolutely delighted with the new look kit from BLK. Connacht is very proud of its heritage and we're very happy with the way BLK took this on board and were able to produce such a fantastic range.
"It's a very exciting time at Connacht Rugby with some very promising additions to our squad as well as Heineken Cup rugby returning to the province for a third year.
"We're looking forward to unveiling the wider range of Connacht gear in the coming weeks and are confident our supporters will continue to wear their teams colours with pride."
The home and away jerseys will be available in Elverys stores nationwide and other independent retailers from Friday, August 23.
The wider range and supporting leisurewear will be released in the coming weeks. Connacht Season Ticket holders can avail of a 10% discount on all jerseys and merchandise.
Connacht will be holding a number of in-store promotions before the season kicks off against Zebre on September 7 to promote the new range.
Connacht wore the new home shirt in match action for the first time yesterday evening when they came up against Castres Olympique in a friendly at Lacaune Stadium.
To be the first to see the team play in the new jersey at home, make sure to get your ticket to Connacht v Wasps (Saturday, August 17, kick-off 5pm). All Season Ticket holders gain free entry to the pre-season friendly.