The Ielts will wear white and wear gold for the next three games
The Irish Rugby Union (IRU) have chosen a new colours for their home and away jerseys ahead of their three games in Asia in the coming months.
The Ielms will wear the traditional blue jersey for their three away games against New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong before taking on Tonga in a one-off match on June 3.
It comes after a long list of changes in the Irish team which have included the departure of the captain Rory Best and the arrival of new players.
“It was always going to be a change, the changes have been a big part of it,” said IRU boss Peter O’Mahony.
“We have got some great players in there, but we have also got some very talented young players coming through.”
The main thing we want to do is to have the best squad in the world, so there is a huge responsibility that we have to carry on with the change of kit.
“Our first game in Australia, in the World Cup, will be a game of the new kits, and then we are going to start our Asia tour with a game against Singapore.”
There are lots of things we need to address and we are just looking at how to get it done.
“There are several other changes to come before the first Ielmics game of their series against Tonga at Eden Park on June 6, and we look at how we can best utilise our new kits.
Newer players to the squad are: Sam Cane, Michael Barrett, Ciaran Clark, Sean O’Brien, Jack McGrath, Paul O’Connell, Conor Murphy, John Ryan, Rob Kearney, Jack Horgan, Sam Waller and Rory Best.
The club has also announced that there will be an online trial of the Ielst kit on the club’s website, and the jersey will be available for purchase in a limited number of stores.
The new jerseys are part of a package of changes for the season, with the first game against Newlands coming in the first week of June.
The match will be played in front of a sold out crowd at Eden Field, with Irish Rugby League’s governing body, the IRFU, set to unveil a new commercial partnership with digital company Adnkronos which will see the club use its commercial channels to promote the game.
This will see Ields merchandising, sponsorships and merchandise available to fans in all forms of social media.
Irish Rugby League is also working with online and mobile advertising company, Adnokronos, to offer fans the chance to bid on a shirt and other items from the club in the hope of winning the chance of playing in the game for the first time.
The game will also feature some new features which will help fans connect with the game, such as the new Twitter and Instagram accounts, and an app called IELTS Match that will give fans more insight into how the team are playing.
The IRU also announced the appointment of a new captain, Rory Best, who has been captain of the team since the end of the 2014 season.”
Rory is one of the very best players in the country and the most important to the success of the club,” said Ielthic director of rugby, Mike O’Neill.”
I think his experience, his leadership qualities, he has really helped us to make a very successful season, and I’m sure we will be able to rely on him as captain and guide us into the future.