Newport Gwent Dragons can today reveal their brand new Gilbert home and away kits for the 2016-17 season, which are available to buy from tomorrow.
Gilbert, who have signed a new 3-year extension with the Region, worked closely alongside Dragons management on the new design of both the home and away kits.
The new home kit is predominantly black incorporating the signature Newport (Gwent Dragons) colours amber and red on the shoulders, back and sides.
The away kit is in the Monmouthshire blue with navy and white details on the back and sides and fleur-de-lys designs on the shoulders. The away jersey is once again, in keeping with the theme of the Kingdom of Gwent.
Both jerseys carry the Dragons’ main sponsor global communications provider BT, with their logo in a central location on the front.
Alwen Williams, Director BT Cymru Wales said: “BT is at the heart of great sport and we are proud of our partnership with rugby in Wales which connects BT to the very heart and spirit of the Welsh nation. Our connection with rugby allows BT to make a personal contribution to society as a sport that plays an important focal role in the lives of our communities, our customers and many thousands of BT colleagues across the business.
“BT Cymru Wales is a major stakeholder in the Welsh economy and BT employs more than 4,000 people in Wales, together with a vibrant apprenticeship programme that we are equally proud of which mirrors the success of the four pro teams in developing and investing in new Welsh rugby talent.
“Improving our communications infrastructure across the country is vital to the economic prosperity of Wales and something that both BT and our new partner EE are playing a key role in achieving. By combining our skills and expertise we can help make Wales one of the very best countries for connectivity.”
The Bisley logo can be found on the chest and Robert Price on the neck. Coleg QS and Rugby Heaven are situated on the left shoulder whilst Clarity Copiers and BMS are situated on the right. The back of the jerseys see Worthington’s and Shadow Scaffolding across the upper back and Clarity Copiers below the number patch on the lower back.
Andrew Challis, Worldwide Brand Manager for Gilbert commented: "Gilbert are delighted to extend our long running partnership with Newport Gwent Dragons and Newport RFC. We are proud that Gilbert continue to line up side by side with both teams.
“For the fans - with the experience of Rugby Heaven and Gilbert now combined we are certain that the product offering at Rodney Parade will be greatly enhanced. We've spent a significant amount of time and effort in designing this year's replica shirts - a heavier more technical material has been used and a number of other additions make this year's shirts stand out.
“We are sure they will be a big hit and above all they are available now.”
Dragons Commercial Director Pete Grzonka added: “Following a wide tender process, where we looked at a large number of other suppliers, we are pleased to announce a 3 year extension with Gilbert as official kit supplier to Newport Gwent Dragons.
"Gilbert are a massive brand in world rugby and we have enjoyed our relationship with them over the past 6 years.
“Gilbert have worked hard with their manufacturers to increase the quality of the replica shirt this year which is made from a heavier weight material. I am particularly pleased to see it is available for purchase on Friday in time the first preseason game this year.
“Our main sponsor BT continue to be a very supportive and proactive partner and it’s of huge significance and value to all of us involved in Pro Rugby in Wales to have the continued support of such a renowned and respected global partner.”
“Our decision to extend with Gilbert was taken alongside the plan to outsource the retail operation at Rodney Parade and online to Rugby Heaven. With numerous outlets in the region and throughout Wales, we hope that their buying power will allow us to offer a wider range of merchandise to our supporters.”
The new kit will be available to buy from the Rodney Parade shop on Friday 12th August, and players will be wearing the new look jersey for the first time against Exeter Chiefs on Friday 26th August.
About Kingdom of Gwent range.
This blue jersey was included in the Dragons 2013/14 kit in honour of the Dragons 10th anniversary. Research showed that Monmouthshire blue was one of the colours that evoked the medieval kingdom of Gwent which existed from the end of Roman Rule in Britain in about the 5th century, until the Norman conquest of England in the 11th century and was reputed to have been founded by one of the knights of the Round Table. The 2013/14 shirt was created around the coat of arms of the original kingdom in order to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the rugby Region whilst this years jersey is another evolution of that.