The fans of the All Blacks strongly criticize the design of the new jersey, which was created by a French person.
Unlike the 2007 duel in Cardiff, where New Zealand lost the coin toss and played in a gray jersey against France in the quarter-finals of the World Cup (defeat 20-18), the All Blacks have won the toss this time, allowing them to play in a black jersey tonight at Stade de France (9:15 PM on TF1), while the French team is dressed in all white.
Une bonne nouvelle pour le pays du long nuage blanc qui, malgré tout, n’a pas de mots assez durs pour critiquer le design de ce maillot, officiellement présenté en juin dernier.
The silver fern is controversial.
The controversy is reported by Courrier international, citing the New Zealand news website Stuff, which echoed the dissatisfaction of many internet users. « It looks like they asked a goth to design a Hawaiian t-shirt, » wrote a supporter on X (formerly Twitter). The target of their anger: the young Reunionese designer Fey The Wolf, approached by Adidas, the supplier of the All Blacks.
The major innovation lies in the representation of the silver fern, inspired by « tolerance » and « unity, » according to the artist. The pattern appears a total of fifteen times, referencing the fifteen members of a rugby team. This has disappointed supporters from the southern hemisphere, as their historic jersey has been desecrated.
« I cannot reword »
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