The Newcastle Knights will wear an ANZAC commemorative jersey when they play the North Queensland Cowboys at Hunter Stadium on ANZAC Day, April 25 at 2pm.
The Knights' match against the Cowboys is the second of five games played across Australia and New Zealand on ANZAC Day in season 2015 as part of the NRL’s tribute to the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli.
It is this momentous anniversary that the Knights' ANZAC jersey design aims to artistically capture and commemorate.
Here is the story behind the commemorative jersey created by apparel partner ISC.
· Through the fog of war underneath the steps of Gallipoli peninsula, soldiers from Australia and New Zealand forged a powerful legacy. The creation of what became known as the 'ANZAC legend' became an important part of the identity of both nations, shaping the way we view both our past and our future.
· Through the adumbration of the Gallipoli peninsula the Southern Cross illuminates through the foreshadow, radiating rays of red delineates the sacrifices and tribulation the soldiers endured to build our proud nations.
· A New Zealand soldier is featured to pay homage to our brothers in arms and to remind us of the equal sacrifices they’ve made in the Gallipoli campaign.
· Below a photo of ANZAC troops charging an Ottoman trench (Australian National Archives and Records Administration, 1915) is featured. This image symbolises the soldiers' bravery, courage and fortitude.
· On the back we feature a photo of the Australian Calvary unit (Australian War Memorial) upholding the flag high and proud.