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The jersey was officially launched today at the top of the iconic Canberra landmark Telstra Tower, with Raiders stars Terry Campese, Josh Papalii, Paul Vaughan and Mark Nicholls on hand to model the new strip.
The jersey design is based on a mix of the early representative strips of the first official ACT based representative rugby league teams which were established in the 1970’s. Before this time players from the ACT represented the region via the Monaro representative team.
The Canberra Raiders were established in 1982 after gaining submission into the NSW Rugby League (now NRL) and this jersey design is a celebration of the progression of the local competition developing into a national sporting organisation.
The colours of blue and gold are the traditional sporting colours of the ACT and were taken from the national blue and gold appearing on the wreath of the Australian Coat of Arms. The choice of colours maintains existing traditions, reflects a link with national history and preserves heraldic tradition and practice.
Raiders Captain Terry Campese said the Raiders were proud to be recognised as one of the most iconic teams in the ACT region and wearing the Centenary strip was a way the club could help acknowledge the Centenary of Canberra.
“It’s a huge year for Canberra with the Centenary celebrations and to be able to help celebrate by wearing this jersey is something I know the players will be very proud of,” Campese said. “The Raiders are proud to be from Canberra and this jersey can help us celebrate our heritage.”
In a unique opportunity the Raiders are asking their supporters to decide which shorts and socks to wear with the strip via a Facebook poll, with the most votes deciding what the players will wear in the historic match.
The choices are the White shorts and Green socks of the Raiders home strip or the Blue Shorts and White Socks of the team’s away strip. Votes can be made via the Raiders Facebook page www.facebook.com.au/RaidersCanberra
By voting in the poll you go into the running to win one of the jerseys.
The Canberra Raiders Centenary of Canberra jerseys are also available for purchase through the Raiders Official merchandiser Jerseys Megastore at www.jerseys.com.au or by calling (02) 6230 0504 with pre-orders now being taken.