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Classic strip a bid to rekindle old spark

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Chris Dutton

The Brumbies' Rod Kafer sporting the club's old colours back in the day.

The Brumbies' Rod Kafer sporting the club's old colours back in the day.

To play like the ACT Brumbies of old Jake White wants his squad to look like the Brumbies of the glory years.

In a bid to reconnect with the Brumbies' most successful era, coach White and his players have decided to wear their heritage strip at every available chance.

Since the start of Super Rugby in 1996, the Brumbies wore a predominantly white jersey with shades of blue and gold.

Ben Mowen sporting the club's new jersey at Canberra Stadium this season.

Ben Mowen sporting the club's new jersey at Canberra Stadium this season. Photo: Getty Images

But in recent years they have tinkered with the design. This year their ''home'' jersey is predominantly blue, but the team only wore it for the first time against the Johannesburg Lions this morning because there was a colour clash.

Traditionally, the Brumbies have worn their white heritage ''saddle'' strip for matches against rival Australian teams.

When club great and former skipper George Gregan presented the jumpers to players before the opening round of the season, White wanted his squad to embrace the Brumbies' history.

''One of the things George spoke about was how the jersey started and I think there was a message in that,'' White said.

''A group of players got together, picked a jersey which was synonymous with the Snowy Mountains, they picked the colours and the design was based on that it made the players look bigger than they were.

''All those things are important to us … We'll play in the original jersey as many times as we can and if we have to change it, we change it to the mirror image.

''If that's the importance those original players put in designing the jersey, it would be crazy to make it all blue now or a different colour.

White has asked a host of former players to pass on the history of the Brumbies by addressing his squad and handing out jerseys before each match this year.

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