The NRL has requested that NSW wears its traditional sky blue Origin kit in the upcoming series opener in Adelaide. The Blues were originally set to wear their alternate navy-blue jerseys, but the league asked them to switch to their heritage colours. According to sources, NRL CEO Andrew Abdo contacted NSWRL officials about the potential switch last week.
The reason behind the NRL‘s request remains unclear, but there are suggestions that it may alleviate any potential clash with Queensland’s traditional maroon jersey. The Blues have already done promotional shoots in their navy kit and each player’s jersey has already been produced.
NSW has worn the alternate navy strip on two previous occasions without any issues, according to sources at Channel Nine, who will broadcast Wednesday’s clash. However, the navy strip was only introduced in 2019 and is typically worn when Origin is played at a non-traditional venue such as Perth or Adelaide. It was not used last year when game two was hosted in Western Australia.
NSWRL Chief Dave Trodden and Andrew Abdo have both been contacted for comment on the matter.