Australian Rugby
Wallabies to be all white at the World Cup?
ESPNscrum Staff
May 5, 2011
Australia's Joe Roff takes on the Romania defence, Australia v Romania, Rugby World Cup, Stellenbosch, South Africa, June 3, 1995
Winger Joe Roff sports the Wallabies' previous change strip during their clash with Romania at the 1995 Rugby World Cup © Getty Images
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Australia are set to unveil a controversial white playing jersey as their change strip for this year's Rugby World Cup.

As with all the competing nations at this year's World Cup, the Wallabies have had to produce an alternative playing strip to avoid any potential clashes and official kit suppliers Kooga have opted for an unprecedented largely white design.

The new-look jersey, published by the Daily Telegraph, will remain untouched apart from official Rugby World Cup logos and will have a predominantly white torso, with gold shoulders, sleeves and side panels.

"We couldn't go with green and gold, because that could potentially clash with South Africa so we decided on white and figured out how we could incorporate gold into it," Kooga CEO Tyron Brant told the newspaper.

But Australia are unlikely to need the kit at the sport's showpiece event that kicks off in September. Romania are the only other qualified nation who wear yellow jerseys and they can only meet in the semi-finals - a highly unlikely scenario as no 'minnow' has ever made it past the pool stages.

The Wallabies have only worn an alternate strip once in World Cup history with a green and gold hooped jersey debuting against Romania during the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

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