The Bit o' Blacks? New Zealand release new black and white away kit

The World Champions will debut the kit next weekend against France

The Bit o' Blacks? New Zealand release new black and white away kit

New Zealand perform the haka. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

It is one of the most iconic kits in world sport, and New Zealand will wear a modified version of their famous All Blacks kit next weekend.

The team will wear a predominantly white kit against France, but the arms, shoulder and breast will remain in the traditional black. 

In international rugby, the home team traditionally changes colours, in the event of a colour clash, but France are to remain in their home kit against Steve Hansen's side. It may help that both teams have the same kit manufacturer. 

 

The new New Zealand alternate jersey. Picture by: Adidas

The new kit has understandably not gone down well in New Zealand, where the New Zealand Herald asked if it was the worst ever worn by the team? 

All Blacks captain Kieran Read claimed he was delighted to get an opportunity to play for the team in non-traditional colours.

"For us, it's rare that we get to wear the alternate jersey, so we're genuinely excited to run out in a completely different and innovative design for our Test against France." 

New Zealand have a history of wearing white jerseys when needed to. The addition of so much black just doesn't look right.