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A full look at each club's jerseys as they're revealed ahead of the 2017 NRL season!
This page will be updated across the summer as more clubs reveal their new looks!
A new look with a new manufacturer in 2017. The clean lines and white piping are reminiscent of the clubs' jerseys around the turn of the century.
A clear, simple design for the away jersey - all white with maroon and gold on the caps of the sleeves only.
Those diamonds... they're back! A throwback to the 1994-95 alternate jersey which so polarised opinon - and still does today.
A mint-coloured jumper with Maori designs in maroon adorns this one, as many clubs embrace the New Zealand heritage of the Nines.
In addition to the above, Brisbane will have a teal/aqua Auckland Nines strip and an ANZAC Day jersey based on the main jersey.
NRMA Insurance remains on front of the Broncos' strip for another year, as does First Mac Home Loans on the sleeves. Ladbrokes and National Storage are on the back of the jersey.
The Raiders are sticking with the lime - albeit with more blue in 2017 down both sides.
We're not sure what to think here. A mostly navy and platinum design with lime highlight stripes is touted here as the away kit - although it wasn't the winner of their 2017 away jersey design competition - that winner being GAZF from our own Front Row Forums.
All lime green with a subtle dotted design, dark blue side panels and grey sleeve cuffs.
Huawei recently extended their tenure on front and upper back of the Raiders' kit, while Dare Iced Coffee joins the club as sleeve sponsor in 2017. TTM Security (upper chest) and McDonald's ACT (lower back) are the other minor jersey sponsors.
Only one change here for 2017, Jaycar disappears from the front, replaced by new major sponsor Kia Motors. Red, hey?
Just like the home strip, the away strip is unchanged for next season, aside from the major sponsor.
The butcher stripes are back in their proper form, with the white sections carrying faint imagery of the club's history.
Another hi-tech design for the Bulldogs 'alternate' jersey which is only worn once in a season.
Probably the most "Bulldogs looking" of their four attempts at an Auckland Nines jersey. Two jagged diagonal(ish) stripes across a white kit, one blue - one black with a photo of the club's spiritual home of Belmore.
The Bulldogs recently signed an extension with their namesake apparel sponsor Canterbury Clothing Company.
Kia Motors Australia have signed on as front of jersey sponsor. Jaycar moves to the upper back. M&J Chickens retains their place on the sleeves with OpalSolar remaining on the lower back.
To be revealed
A bit of a hi-tech look for the Sharks at the Nines.
Cronulla are with x Blades.
Southern Radiology have ultimately kept their spot on the front of the premiers' kit. Martec (sleeve) and Capital Bluestone (upper chest) retain their spots.
The reigning premiers unveiled a special 50-year anniversary crest which will be used across the 2017 season:
To be revealed
Aquis are the club's naming rights partner and recently extended their agreement for a further five years.
Manly's new main jersey is almost all maroon with double hoops at each interval. Each set of double hoops contains 8 stripes (4 each in each hoop), signifying all eight of the club's premierships.
Manly's away kit is simply an inverse of their new home kit, predominantly white with the same double hoops, but in maroon.
An eagle's wing in maroon, across a white jersey is what the Sea Eagles will take the field wearing in Auckland this coming February.
Long-term club sponsor URM have upgraded their arrangement with the Northern beaches outfit, and will appear on the front of the Sea Eagles' jerseys after the club's much publicised court battle with the parent company of 2016 major sponsor Coco Joy. ZTE remain on the sleeves, while the club is on the lookout for sponsors to take spaces on the back of the jersey.
Despite the change to ISC, the home jersey design remains the same in 2017.
Like with the home jersey, ISC have opted to stay with the previous season's template.
How good does this one look? The famous lightning bolts are back, splitting a navy upper-section and purple, cloudy torso.
Both the Storm and AFL counterparts Collingwood are rumoured to be ending their apparel deals with Star Athletic and changing over to ISC Sport.
Crown Resorts remain on the front of the Storm's kits for 2017 while TigerAir continue on the upper chest and lower back of the jersey. Hostplus continue their long association with the club on the upper back while Suzuki do the same with their sleeve sponsorship.
Newcastle's jersey remains largely similar to previous seasons, with only sponsor changes and the club's 30 year anniversary logo.
The Newcastle away jersey remains the same as in 2017 with just the sponsor changes, similar to the home jersey.
A nice simple look for the men in red & blue
Newcastle continue to be kitted by ISC Sport.
Front of jersey sponsors Newpave have migrated to the back of the jersey, with former sleeve sponsor nib Health Funds moving to the front of the kit. McDonald Jones Homes are the new sleeve sponsor.
Similar to their 10th, 20th and 25th seasons, the Knights have a special 30 year anniversary logo for 2017:
Only minor sponsor changes for the design the Cowboys debuted last season.
Similar to the home kit, this design remains from last season.
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A new design with pink and white random lines on a navy jersey.
The Cowboys continue a proud tradition recognising the indigenous community.
A stylised club logo in light blue on a navy template.
The 2015 champions are sticking with ISC Sport.
No big news here, The Ville are on the sleeves while Bundaberg Rum are new on the chestplate, replacing Dreamtime Training (DT). Toyota remain major sponsor on front and upper back of the kits, while Shine Lawyers take the remaining spot on the lower back.
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Transformers? Not sure what's going on here!
Parramatta's current supplier is x Blades.
The Eels' previous major sponsor Dyldam have now partnered with A-League outfit Central Coast. As such rumours abound that Parramatta Leagues will adorn the front of the club's 2017 kit.
The #blueandgold have unveiled their 70 year anniversary logo:
The licorice allsorts are back! The Panthers have revealed a modern take on the classic early 90's jersey which saw the club win its maiden premiership.
Change the shoulders and sidepanels to white... and it's an away jersey!
The 'Pink Panthers' look is maintained as a third jersey option for another season after not being used in 2016.
Despite the move to the licorice allsorts in the main jerseys, the gold sticks around in 2017 for Penrith, in the form of the 2017 Auckland Nines kit, with white sleeves and side panels.
Asics have been retained as the club's jersey manufacturer.
Oak continue as major sponsor in 2017, with their new brand Oak Plus taking the primary space, Hertz remain on the sleeves.
Penrith return to the black-and-teal leaping Panther design introduced in 2014, after using a one-off 50 Year anniversary logo in 2016.
The famous Red V gets a facelift for 2017, with the sponsor logo moving below the vee.
No change to this design which was implemented in 2016.
A graphically simplified version of the Dragon from the club's logo splits red and white on the Nines' kit.
St George Bank enjoy another year on the front of the famous jumper - but the big Red V has moved up the jersey with the sponsor now beneath it. Momentum Energy keep their spot on the sleeves, as do Wentworth Williams on the lower back.
Nothing changes for the Bunnies in 2017 here.
One key change for those with a keen eye - Fujitsu have inverted their logo colours from last season - their sponsor mark on the away kits front and sleeves is now red, better matching the red stripes of the famous kit.
This is one impressive throwback. The hi-tech design is actually a number 9... just like their World Sevens jersey featured a number 7 in the nineties.
Souths are one of a host of clubs happily with ISC Sport
Crown Resorts and Fujitsu adorn the front and sleeves of the club's home and away jumpers respectively, with the inverse sponsor taking the remaining spots.
There are no design changes for this kit in 2017.
Again - the Roosters have maintained their 2016 away kit into 2017.
A beachside theme for this one, with the Roosters paying homage to their history and their home of Bondi Beach.
The Roosters are another club who are associated with ISC Sport.
Steggles continue their association with the Roosters as front of jersey and lower back sponsors, with QBE continuing on the sleeves. Peugeot (upper back & chestplate) have vacated their spot with WorldFirst replacing them on the back and Magic Glass on the chestplate.
The black remains predominant with what can best be described as a scratch-marks version of a chevron, red piping around the collar and sleeves, and a 'distinctive koru pattern' running down the side panels of the kit.
The inverse of the home kit, with a mostly white chest & torso.
"Te Toka tu Toa" - The Warrior Rock
The Warriors remain with their New Zealand roots - Canterbury Clothing Company.
Vodafone are one of the longest serving major sponsors in NRL history and continue to take pride of place on the front of the Warriors' jersey. Woodstock Bourbon remains as the sleeve partner with SkyCity on the back.
A slight modification to the existing design with the orange chevron now covering the entire collarbone & shoulder area, and the Brydens Lawyers sponsorshop shifting down to expose the point of the white chevron.
The away kit is reminiscent of a Nines design - with smaller chevrons fading from the black of the shoulders down to the white of the torso, all over the top of a monochrome club logo.
This design is a nice simple one, yet has some intricate designs in tribute to various Pacific Islands. It was designed by Wests Tigers' player Wes Lolo.
You guessed it, like 10 other clubs, they're with ISC Sport.
Bryden Lawyers move into the second year of their major sponsorship of the Wests Tigers club, featuring on the front and sleeves of the kit. Mid-season sponsor Handy Finance continue on the upper chest, and Allied Express retains their spot on the lower back.