The history of the DHL Stormers playing kit is a colourful one, if you could only buy one jersey, which one would it be?
The Cape franchise is in the spotlight for the first in a series of polls to unveil the top jersey from each of the Vodacom Bulls, Cheetahs, Lions, Sharks and Stormers.
Before the franchising of SA teams in 1998, the top Currie Cup contenders qualified for Super 12 duty. Western Province played in the 1996 competition in their classic blue and white hoops jersey which featured a bold red number on the back.
The Western Stormers, as they were known back in 1998, donned a technicolour kit almost unrecognisable from any strip worn by the Cape outfit since.
It was the very first Stormers kit and combined the colours of the three unions that made up the regional franchise – Western Province, South Western Districts and Boland.
All Blacks or Stormers? Fondly remembered as the ‘Men in Black’, the 1999 strip went the complete opposite route of its predecessor, showcasing a clean, monochrome look.
Eight years later, the first converged WP and Stormers jersey emerged in the form of their 2007 strip.
Keeping the design elements of the 1999 strip, black was exchanged for navy blue while the white stripes along the sleeves and shorts were extended for a classic look.
With the blue and white hoops of the Streeptruie already firmly embedded in the Stormers jersey by 2013, the franchise went back to its roots and introduced royal blue to the kit.
The 2017 jersey featured a half-and-half approach, with the lower portion predominantly white and the upper half blue, while the classic hoops were swopped for lines that faded lower down the shirt.
Featuring the visualisation of an approaching storm, the 2021-22 Stormers lived up to the premonition when they won the inaugural Vodacom URC.
The jersey featured a blue background, overlaid with a digital storm front and layered with white hoops.
Designed to reference the team’s unique ‘DNA’ shared by players, coaches and supporters alike, the 2023-24 Stormers jersey featured a DNA helix overlaid by the classic blue and white hoops.