The Isuzu Southern Kings launched the official playing jersey for the Guinness PRO14 2019/20 season on Friday.

With a dawn of a new era at the Eastern Cape-based franchise which is now under new management, new coaching staff and with a majority new playing squad, it was only inevitable that the side also go into the new season in new playing kit.

The Isuzu Southern Kings continue to form a good relationship from the 2018/19 Guinness PRO14 season with kit suppliers, TK Sports South Africa, who designed and manufactured the new strip.

“We are at a very exciting juncture as the Isuzu Southern Kings as we look to begin the new season that coincides with a new dawn for the franchise,” said Isuzu Southern Kings Chief Operations Officer, Leigh Heard.

“We are proud to have a quality kit supplier such as TK Sports South Africa continuing this relationship with the Isuzu Southern Kings. The two brands have similar ambitions of being leaders in their respective fields globally, and have set high standards for producing quality that can compete with the best globally.

“We are indeed proud of our new strip, and cannot wait to see our boys running onto the field wearing it. We are confident that the rugby-supporting public will be blown away by our new kit and we will see many of them donning the Isuzu Southern Kings colours on the stands as they support their team this coming season.”

The Isuzu Southern Kings home kit

The home strip has retained the dominant three colours that are synonymous with the Isuzu Southern Kings – the traditional red, black and gold.

The Isuzu Southern Kings alternative strip

There are no grey areas at the Isuzu Southern Kings, and as such, for the alternative strip we have gone for a predominantly black and white colours.

The design

The Isuzu Southern Kings represents the Xhosa-dominant Eastern Cape province, and to pay homage to four Xhosa kingdoms with four spears that are placed on the shoulders – indicative of the fact that the team carries the hopes of the entire province on their shoulders.

Four Nguni cattle horns sit proudly on the front of the jersey, representing the heritage and culture of the Eastern Cape province.

Inter-joined molecular designs add attractive patterns to the strip. These represent the general people of the Eastern Cape and South Africa, who stand side by side, united in their support of the much-loved game of rugby.

“The technicality of the fabric ensures when the body heats up, the fabric starts taking shape around the player,” TK Sports SA Managing Director, Rassie Pieterse, explained.

“This gives ultimate comfort and breathability to the player to perform at their max. The durability versus the lightness is the key to the new TK jersey.”