New Zealand Warriors 2016
Here are the New Zealand Warriors 2016 jerseys.
The will wear at least 6 different jersey designs. I have also included 2 under 20’s jerseys.
They are manufactured by Canterbury
The Canterbury of New Zealand designs again feature the Vodafone Warriors’ core colours with alterations only to the club logo and the trim around the neckline. The logo reverts to the original model, replacing 2015’s one-off version used for the 20th anniversary season.
The away jersey is basically the same as last years with the exception of the logo and the trim around the neck line as per the home jersey.
ALTERNATE – TRAINING 1
A new design for the Warriors. This jersey was worn in a trial match played in Nelson, which is where Simon Mannering hailed from and it was the last time he captained the Warriors. Incorporated into the design are topographical contours which are representative of New Zealand landscapes and these are layered onto each other to give levels of detail. A very nice design
The retro-inspired jersey uses the tri-colour chevron V of the 2002 strip. They will wear this jersey in Round 15 against the Sydney Roosters, with who they met in the 2002 Grand Final. Certainly one of the fans and players alike favourite designs.
WOMEN IN LEAGUE
Nothing outrageous from the warriors with the new design for the Women in League round. It is the same as the home jersey except they have replaced the red with pink. Nice and subtle
‘Spirit of the Warrior’ is the name of the nines version this year. Elements of earth, water, air and fire surround the figures and link them together in a surreal battle scene in the tattoo-styled design; artwork inspired by many different cultures also flows through the design and often into the figures themselves. A Stunning design again from the warriors. They really outdo themselves every year.
ALTERNATE – TRAINING 2
Incorporated into the design are topographical contours which are representative of New Zealand landscapes and these are layered onto each other to give several levels of detail. They wore this in a trial match this year.
UNDER 20’S – NOT WORN IN ANY FIRST GRADE MATCH
The Under 20’s jersey features the bold stripes in their core club colours. It also has a special black and silver NZ version of the U20’s competition logo and the matching Vodafone Warriors logo embroidery on the left chest. The design is almost identical to their 2015 version.
UNDER 20’S TRAINING – NOT WORN IN ANY FIRST GRADE MATCH
Taking inspiration from sporting footwear and developing into a 3D effect the whole jersey is created using their core club colours and across a multitude of textures. A sleek design. It’s nice to see the warriors mix it up with their under 20’s jerseys aswell.
Verdict: 9/10. WOW! There’s not much else to say about the New Zealand Warriors jersey designs for 2016. Apart from their core home and away jerseys, they really push the boundaries each year to make some fresh, interesting designs. Each design is so intricate and has significant meaning to New Zealand’s heritage. They never seem to just put out a design just because “it looks cool”. They’ve gone back to their 2002 design for the heritage jersey this year that just suits the warriors to a tee. In my final score I have grouped both alternate / training jerseys as one simply because I needed to round it out for a nice even score. Canterbury put out some cracking designs and it will be a pleasure to watch the Warriors go round in 2016. There will be no Anzac Day jersey this year however.
How I scored them:
Auckland Nines: 2/2
Alternate 1 & 2: 2/2