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Five of the most iconic Irish rugby jerseys

2009

The Ireland rugby team celebrate winning the RBS Six Nations grand slam in 2009 [Picture: Inpho]
The Ireland rugby team celebrate winning the RBS Six Nations grand slam in 2009 [Picture: Inpho]

Ireland claimed their first Grand Slam since 1948 in this jersey. The kit is simple and smart with a mix of a modern and a traditional rugby jersey in the design. It will forever be iconic, as will the image of Ronan O’Gara kicking a late drop-goal to secure the Grand Slam.

2014

Ireland's Gordon D'Arcy, Brian O'Driscoll, Jamie Heaslip and Dave Kearney with the Six Nations trophy in 2014 [Picture: inpho]
Ireland’s Gordon D’Arcy, Brian O’Driscoll, Jamie Heaslip and Dave Kearney with the Six Nations trophy in 2014 [Picture: inpho]

This kit is most iconic for being the jersey Brian O’Driscoll wore for his country as Ireland won the Six Nations on the final day of the 2014 championship.

2007

Brian O'Driscoll lifts the Triple Crown with his Ireland team beside him in 2007 [Picture: Inpho]
Brian O’Driscoll lifts the Triple Crown with his Ireland team beside him in 2007 [Picture: Inpho]

One of the last traditional rugby style jerseys, this one was most notably worn when Ireland won the Triple Crown in 2007.

Early ‘90s Jersey

Ralph Keyes, Ireland rugby international, pictured in 1991 [Picture: Inpho]
Ralph Keyes, Ireland rugby international, pictured in 1991 [Picture: Inpho]

Back when jerseys weren’t changed almost every year, this one is the simplest of the lot, and that’s what makes it so charming. The simple design gives it the classic look, which is still popular among fans today.

2012/2013

Jamie Heaslip sporting Ireland's 2012 shirt
Jamie Heaslip sporting Ireland’s 2012 shirt [Picture: Inpho]

This shirt was the first of the tight-fitting jerseys that are now commonplace. It was a smart and simple kit finished off with a unique collar.

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