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We're Happy In White, Says Thorn

By Mark Geenty of NZPA

Marseille, Nov 26 NZPA - It may be a grey area, but All Blacks wrecking ball Brad Thorn is more than happy for the team to be wearing white in Sunday's (NZT) rugby test against France.

The tourists will wear white jerseys for a rare occasion in an offshore test, due to the International Rugby Board's (IRB) edict that the away team change their strip if there is deemed to be a clash.

But word reached the tourists in Marseille this week that France's jersey for this test was not as dark as that worn in that fateful 2007 World Cup quarterfinal, when the All Blacks faded to grey.

If they had indeed quietly switched back to a lighter shade, closer to the traditional French strip, then why the need to wear white?

The All Blacks investigated switching back to black but were told their white jerseys were signed and sealed, which Thorn was more than happy with.

"I'd be pretty keen to keep it. It's a special sort of jersey and I remember them playing in the 1987 World Cup (against Scotland) in a white jersey and it was cool. It's unique, you know," Thorn said.

And he summed up the feeling about the grey strip, which was consigned to the international rugby jersey scrapheap after Cardiff.

"When I saw the grey ones at the World Cup it was unappealing, as we found. But the white jerseys, I remember them as the alternate strip and it'll be really unique to wear it."

Yesterday, coach Graham Henry said a potential jersey hoo-ha had not bothered him unduly.

"The All Blacks obviously like to play in black, they would prefer to play in black. They are playing in white, and they accept that and get on with it," he said.

Team sponsor adidas unveiled the team's new black and white jerseys earlier this year.

The grey jersey, which the All Blacks wore in Cardiff in 2007 after losing a coin toss, had apparently proved difficult to sell and white was seen as a better commercial option.

 

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