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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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FJI 25 vs ITA 14 Report Stats
NZL 20 vs ENG 15 Report Stats
AUS 50 vs FRA 23 Report Stats
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ARG 17 vs IRE 29 Report Stats
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FJI 45 vs TGA 17 Report Stats
NZL 28 vs ENG 27 Report Stats
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RSA 38 vs WAL 16 Report Stats
CAN 17 vs SCO 19 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 23 Report Stats
USA 29 vs JPN 37 Report Stats
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ARG 19 vs SCO 21 Report Stats
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JPN 26 vs ITA 23 Report Stats
AUS 39 vs FRA 13 Stats
NZL 36 vs ENG 13 Report Stats
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RSA 31 vs WAL 30 Report Stats
USA 38 vs CAN 35 Report Stats
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RSA 55 vs SCO 6 Report Stats
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WAL 28 vs AUS 33 Report Stats
FRA 40 vs FJI 14 Report Stats
IRE 29 vs RSA 15 Report Stats
SCO 41 vs ARG 31 Report Stats
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WAL 16 vs NZL 34 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs SAM 9 Report Stats
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