Waratahs drop lettered shirts idea



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The Waratahs have been forced to drop their dea of wearing jerseys without numbers. They willl now run out with traditional numbers for their Super 14 first round match against the Reds at Suncorp Stadium.

ARU chief executive Gary Flowers sent a letter to the NSWRU on behalf of the Super 14 controlling body SANZAR to say jerseys with players’ initials instead of numbers were not acceptable.

Waratahs management say that their breached no IRB rules, they felt it was better to toe the line.

Saturday night’s trial match against the Crusaders, which the Waratahs lost 32-30 will now be the sold outing for the Waratahs numbered jerseys.

“We didn’t want players limited by their positional number. If you take the number out of the equation it actually opens up the mind a little,” he said Waraths coach McKenzie.

McKenzie feels that the idea was not a complete failure as it led to a lot of marketing for the team, “Forgetting about the technical aspects of it, anyone with a marketing brain can work out that (other teams) they’d be disappointed that they didn’t think of the idea first.”

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