The new Ulster Rugby home and away kits, designed and manufactured by Kukri Sports, were unveiled on Monday evening at an exclusive Season Ticket holder event.
Almost 300 supporters attended as local street artist Glen Molloy revealed the jerseys in a large piece of art, featuring Andrew Trimble and Stuart McCloskey, on an interior wall at Kingspan Stadium.
The special event was attended by Ulster and Ireland star Trimble, along with John Cooney, Jean Deysel and Schalk van der Merwe – all newcomers to the Ulster squad this season.
Created by Kukri’s design team in Lisburn, County Antrim, the home shirt incorporates Ulster’s traditional colours of white, red and black, while the away jersey is black and duck egg blue. Both kits will remain unchanged for a two-year cycle.
The jerseys, which are made from 4D technical fabric to keep them lightweight and to minimise abrasions, again feature the logos of Kingspan, Bank of Ireland, Go Power and BT Sport. New sponsors, Tobermore, features on the shorts for the first time.
Supporters will get a first opportunity to see Ulster wear the new away kit in the pre-season game against English side Wasps at Kingspan Stadium on Thursday night.
Fiona Hampton, Head of Sales & Marketing at Ulster Rugby, said: “Kukri Sports has been a valued partner of Ulster Rugby for ten years and they have once again delivered a quality product for players and supporters to wear. We are now starting the fourth season of our current five-year deal and this new design will be retained for the next two years.
“Events like this offer added value to Season Ticket holders and it was encouraging to see so many in attendance tonight to meet the new players and get a glimpse of the new kits. Supporters are at the focus of everything we do at Ulster Rugby and it was great to be able to involve them in this way.”
Terry Jackson, Director and General Manager, Kukri Ireland, commented: “We are immensely proud of our long standing relationship with Ulster Rugby and are excited to see the players on the pitch in the new kits, making the province and its fans proud.
“Kukri Sports has a strong history of producing quality sports and leisure wear for a variety of sports. We continue to strive to be the number one provider of bespoke sportswear for playing kit, training and leisurewear, and our well-established partnership with Ulster Rugby is testament to our commitment to excellence both on and off the pitch.”
The new elite home and away Ulster Rugby jerseys start at £55 for children and £70 for adults, while the loose fit, supporter jerseys costs £45 for children and £55 for adults. They are now on sale in the Ulster Rugby shop at Kingspan Stadium, in retailers and online at www.ulsterrugbyshop.com.