The Manly Warringah Sea Eagles officially launched their official 2015 Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines jersey at the iconic Manly beachfront this morning.
Inspired by the renowned Northern Beaches lifestyle, the 2015 Auckland Nine’s Jersey celebrates the love of the beachside culture that the Manly Warringah region has to offer.
The jersey gives the Sea Eagles an opportunity to showcase the Northern Beaches lifestyle on an international stage when they open the second coming of the immensely popular Nines event in Auckland on the January 31st against arch rivals the Parramatta Eels.
Sea Eagles playmaker Kieran Foran said the design was one that truly reflected the active lifestyle and culture of the region, while also putting his hand up to wear the new jersey on the field at the tournament in January next year.
“I think having a jersey like this just resembles who we are and where we come from. I’m a big fan of the design and the colours and it will look good out there on the field,” Foran said at Manly Beach this morning.
“I think being close to the beach, it has given us an ability to get up nice and early and have an athletic life.
“I also think the Nines is a great initiative. I sat at home last year and watched it from the couch, so it would be great to be a part of it. It ran really smoothly last year and I’d love to be a part of it,” Foran added.
The affinity the Northern Beaches area has with the coastline has resulted in many local residents forging athletic careers that have seen them soar to be the best in the world including Layne Beachley, Barton Lynch (Surfing), and Kerri Pottharst (Beach Volleyball).
Former World Surfing Champions Layne Beachley and Barton Lynch are both huge fans of the design.
“The Sea Eagles are synonymous with the Northern Beaches and the Northern Beaches are synonymous with surfing. I think it’s a great representation of the area the boys come from and we’re very proud to have the [beach] image on the jersey,” Beachley said.
“They really are the two loves of the Northern Beaches – Rugby League and Surfing. So it’s fitting that the beach and surfer are on the jersey to really bring these two great cultures even closer together,” Lynch added.
The Sea Eagles also used the jersey launch to raise some awareness for the Surfrider Foundation Australia.
The not for profit sea-roots organisation is dedicated to the protection of Australia’s waves and beaches through Conservation, Activism, Research and Education (CARE).