All Blacks captain Sam Whitelock unveils a special tribute on the eve of the final event in Paris. Video / All Blacks TV
The All Blacks were once again forced to challenge their own name by wearing white jerseys against France on Sunday morning.
France, whose home strip comes in different shades of blue, have chosen to exercise their right to wear that color and force the change on the All Blacks due to the potential color clash on the pitch.
It’s a decision that brings back difficult memories for All Blacks fans after the same situation arose in the 2007 Rugby World Cup quarter-final in Cardiff, in which the All Blacks lost in wearing an outfit generally described as a horrible gray.
However, All Blacks fans – although they are undoubtedly furious at the forced mode change – may feel at ease with their team’s record of alternating stripes against France: they no longer have lost since that infamous match in 2007.
Captain Sam Whitelock said that while every New Zealand rugby player growing up wanted to wear the All Black jersey, the novelty of playing in white was something players appreciated for its uniqueness.
There was no qualms about not wearing black while the silver fern was there, that was all that mattered, he said.
The white jersey will also feature a commemorative poppy in honor of the Dave Gallaher Trophy. Gallaher was one of 13 All Blacks killed in WWI.
“It’s one of those things that we talk about every time we play for it because, even though he’s lived so long ago, he’s set a lot of the standards the All Blacks live up to now. like the leader he was, ”Whitelock said. noted.
“We understand the story of it, and it’s something we don’t take lightly.”