Brumbies Jersey Honours Pasifika Culture

· Super Rugby
by Brumbies Media

The Plus500 Brumbies will launch a brand-new jersey when they meet the Reds at GIO Stadium this weekend in the Pasifika Round.

The jersey, inspired by the cultural heritage of our Pacific Island players honours the enormous contribution Pasifika cultures and players have made to the Brumbies.

In 2019 over 50% of Brumbies players have Pasifika heritage representing the Maori people of Aotearoa (New Zealand) and the people of Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Niue and the Cook Islands. The cultures of all these peoples are represented on the jersey.

This unique jersey has been designed by the 2019 Brumbies Pasifika players who all contributed to the particular patterns of their cultures. The jersey includes symbols which tell the stories of their traditions and heritage; stories which mean a great deal to the players and their families.

The key themes of each pattern are shown below together with acknowledgement of the specific artist and the players who contributed.   This unique jersey, which is sure to be extremely popular with Brumbies fans, will be available for purchase at the stadium on matchday.

The official game-worn jerseys will then be put up for auction after the final whistle. More details of the auction will be available on our club website and social media channels next week.

The Pasifika Round will feature several themed activities and cultural performances with tickets available for what is sure to a fantastic occasions as we meet the Reds for the Rod Macqueen trophy available from www.ticketek.com.au.

Post-match the Brumbies will be presented with the Australian Conference Championship trophy by Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle and there will also be a special on-field presentation to Sio to mark his century of appearances for the club.
 

Maori


Artist: Mauhana Eyles

Players: Rory Arnold, Jahrome Brown, Wharenui Hawera, Chance Peni, Lausii Taliauli

Themes: Hauora (Health/Nutrition/Strength), Kotahitanga (Unity/As one), Manaia (Protection)


Samoa


Artist: Angelique Sloss

Players: Allan Alaalatoa, Len Ikitau, Christian Lealiifano, Les Leuluaialii-Makin,

Noah Lolesio, Pete Samu, Irae Simone, Scott Sio, Darcy Swain

Themes: Pe’a tatau (traditional male tattoo). Is a rite of passage, symbol of service to Aiga (family) and Matai (chiefs), and sign of respect for Fa’a Samoa (Samoan culture)

Tonga


Artist: Folau Fainga’a

Players: Folau Fainga’a, Vunipola Fifita, Toni Pulu, Lausii Taliauli

Themes: Family, Power, Life, Protection, Earth/Sun

Fiji


Artist: Jo Pareti

Players: Tevita Kuridrani, Henry Speight, Rob Valetini

Themes: Family, Oval ball shape signifies the power of rugby to unite Fijians from all backgrounds

Niue


Artist: Juwan Agaimalo

Players: Scott Sio

Themes: Niuean Uga (giant coconut crab). Is a much sought after food source and its importance in Niuean culture is indicated by its protection by the god, Haliua.


Cook Islands


Artist: Tonez Tangiiti

Players: Chance Peni, Toni Pulu

Themes: Family/Unity, Fighting Back to Back, Leadership, Strength/Courage
 
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