Another tick was placed on the pre-season checklist for Munster rugby fans this week with the release of the club’s new home jersey for the 2017-18 season.
The full Munster Rugby Adidas range is available exclusively at Lifestyle Sports, with inspiration coming from the battle armour worn by ancient Kings of Munster.
On July 12, Conor Murray and CJ Stander – fresh from helping the British & Irish Lions draw 1-1 with the All Blacks – and Simon Zebo all featured in promotional imagery showing off Munster’s mainly dark grey jersey.
The reveal of the new red and gold home jersey followed this week, with the province’s rich history once again on show, as well as the Latin motto “to the brave and faithful, nothing is impossible”.
Keith Earls stepped in for CJ Stander for the second unveiling as we look ahead to another exciting season, in which our favourite Munster stars are sure to play another key role.
It’s here, our 17/18 @adidasrugby alternate jersey, available exclusively @lifestylesports | https://t.co/e2qTYQLo2q#NextIsEverything pic.twitter.com/cle97Xkyea
— Munster Rugby (@Munsterrugby) July 10, 2017
Murray firing after Lions Tour
Always the favourite for the starting number 9 jersey against the All Blacks, Conor Murray delivered once again in a Lions jersey this summer.
He was integral in victories over the Crusaders and the Maori All Blacks before excelling in all three Tests on his way to 362 minutes of Lions action.
Off the back of such a success, we cannot wait to see what Murray will bring to Thomond Park this season as Munster look to win the Guinness PRO12 for the first time since 2011.
Have you seen the new @Munsterrugby home jersey is available now for pre-order? Get yours here: https://t.co/leWinwwjdm #NextIsEverything pic.twitter.com/nSaIjXHiSL
— Life Style Sports (@lifestylesports) July 18, 2017
CJ Stander has more to come
Stander’s meteoric rise through the ranks continued with an impressive showing during his debut Tour with the British & Irish Lions.
He delivered more carries than any other replacement in the Third Test against New Zealand, making 84 across the tour and earning 170 metres in the process.
But there’s certainly more to come from the back-rower, who shone so brightly for Ireland in the Six Nations and for Munster last season. He will only have improved from his Lions experience.
Zebo searching for flying start
The Munster winger was incredibly unlucky not to earn a spot in Warren Gatland’s squad, especially with injuries in the backline to Stuart Hogg and latterly, Jared Payne.
Zebo was instead with the Irish squad in Japan and we’re hoping the Munster academy product can improve on his eight tries during the 2016-17 campaign.
Earls’ international class
Four tries in the three Ireland games over the summer reminded everyone exactly what Keith Earls is capable of and why he has nearly 150 appearances for Munster under his belt.
A figurehead of the Munster back line, it was no surprise to see him front and centre to show off the new home jersey – he’s a vital cog to the team.