Samurai Sportswear are delighted to present the first images of the Samurai International RFC Safari Sevens match shirt, which is to be debuted at the Safari Sevens in Kenya on September 24th/25th, in association with the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT).
This striking OMG Iconix™ match shirt takes its inspiration from the amazing conservation work done by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, who are currently hand-raising raising Ambo, the newest member of the #SamuraiFamily. Orphaned elephant Ambo, who has recently been adopted by Samurai Sportswear Managing Director Terry Sands, has provided much of the influence for the in-house design team at Samurai to create this remarkable shirt. The new kit also honours the new partnership formed by Samurai International RFC, the world’s most prominent invitational rugby side and the pioneering DSWT.
The OMG Iconix™ match shirt is representative of a mural at the DSWT’s elephant nursery in Nairobi National Park, created by French artist Philippe Baudelocque. The depiction of the elephant has been combined with the rising sun pattern, which is synonymous with Samurai International. This represents the new hope given to animals who thrive at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, whilst reflecting the values held by the team. The designers at Samurai Sportswear have used batik style patterns on the shoulders of the shirt along with a mix of colours, including earthy tones of green and orange, often found in traditional African artwork. By combining this with a classic elephant grey, it is ensured that the inspiration for the shirt is never forgotten.
Samurai International RFC will of course benefit from the OMG Iconix™ match shirt’s on-field features, allowing the athletes to perform at their best. The tailored, competition fit garment works in tandem with each individual, allowing for a full range of movement. Sculpted bicep sleeve, integrated performance collar and anti-pinch underarm panelling add to the design and quality of the shirt, making this 4D performance fabric the very best for any player taking to the rugby pitch.
Samurai Sportswear and Samurai International RFC are thrilled to have the opportunity to work alongside the DSWT, where together, they can raise the profile of the Trust and the inspirational work they do. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust works to protect and preserve wildlife and habitats in Kenya, including the rescue and rehabilitation of orphaned elephants, enabling them to be re-integrated back into the wild herds of Tsavo; the project has received worldwide critical acclaim. It is hoped that more awareness will be raised through this partnership, where Samurai Sportswear, Samurai International RFC and The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust can continue to protect the herd.