The 2020 NRL season begins this weekend and every side will have their eyes on raising the ultimate prize in October.
Everyone has come up with their own preseason rankings but here at Neds, we have the only one that matters at this time of year: who has the best jersey heading into the new season.
After last year’s wonderful, well written and universally lauded (in the author’s mind at least) 2019 jersey rankings were met with total agreement (allegedly), we’re back to go through the jerseys of all 16 clubs and sort the high end fashion from the bargain bin junk.
Let’s get down to business.
16 – Sharks
The Best ’n’ Less jersey is back again with what looks like an awkward chest hole, they’ve looked a lot better with previous jerseys and a new one can’t come soon enough.
— Cronulla Sharks (@Cronulla_Sharks) February 29, 2020
15 – Storm
“Yes, hello Melbourne Victory, can we borrow a design you guys weren’t going to use at any point in the next 20 years? We’ll just make it purple”
The Storm have had some rippers in the past… not so much this one.
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— Melbourne Storm (@storm) February 26, 2020
14 – Sea Eagles
Manly doesn’t have the most flattering colour palette to work with but they have made it work in the past with the white hoops.
This season they have gone for maroon with a white chevron on the chest that probably looked alright in the original design process but really doesn’t translate onto the players.
We've reached 12,000 Members in record time 🦅👏
— Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (@SeaEagles) February 28, 2020
13 – Broncos
I wasn’t a huge fan of the Broncos jersey last year and they’ve brought back the same design for 2020.
The maroon to gold to maroon style just doesn’t work although the inverted colour scheme on the away one isn’t as bad.
Some infectious laughter to kickstart your morning 😅🤣 pic.twitter.com/fwQkA55W0e
— Brisbane Broncos (@brisbanebroncos) February 24, 2020
12 – Rabbitohs
Cody might have been everywhere… except for higher on our list.
The biggest question about how to make this jersey better is simple, should the red stripes be thinner or thicker?
Not to mention there should be a major points deduction for the away jersey just swapping out white for black AND KEEPING THE FEATURE PART OF THE JERSEY EXACTLY THE SAME, IT’S NOT THAT DIFFERENT!
— South Sydney Rabbitohs 🐰 (@SSFCRABBITOHS) February 1, 2020
11 – Knights
Newcastle was always going to have a red and blue mixture on their jersey and while this isn’t awful, it doesn’t look great either.
Maybe I’m just nostalgic for the stripes of the Joey Johns era.
You spoke. We listened 👊
— Newcastle Knights (@NRLKnights) November 28, 2019
10 – Raiders
Last year’s losing grand finalists know their look and the white-collar helps this jersey pop.
The rest of the design is all fairly bland and predictable but the Raiders fans will tell you in between Viking claps “It’s not a fashion competition” as they claim a refereeing conspiracy against them.
— Canberra Raiders (@RaidersCanberra) February 17, 2020
9 – Eels
It’s certainly an upgrade on last season’s effort and firmly has the Eels in the middle tier of NRL jerseys for 2020.
It’s not quite elite level but way better than some of the others.
ICYMI, the Blue & Gold line up for the season opener is locked in.
— Parramatta Eels (@TheParraEels) March 10, 2020
8 – Roosters
Why change a winning formula?
It’s worked for them for the last two seasons, can they complete the hat-trick in 2020?
— Sydney Roosters 🏆🏆 (@sydneyroosters) March 10, 2020
7 – Bulldogs
It’s the same as last season, there’s no need to go too far off the grid with this design.
— Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs (@NRL_Bulldogs) January 24, 2020
Now the main reason why we have them ranked so highly; white & blue hoops gets a huge tick of approval.
— Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs (@NRL_Bulldogs) February 22, 2020
6 – Dragons
The Red V, enough said.
— St George Illawarra Dragons (@NRL_Dragons) February 23, 2020
5 – Warriors
Any jersey that brings back memories of Stacey Jones is a big winner in my mind.
Same as last year we’ll give props to the Warriors for this one.
— Vodafone Warriors (@NZWarriors) February 7, 2020
4 – Cowboys
Something different for the boys from Townsville in 2020 and this jersey hits all the right areas while still maintaining that “classic Cowboys” look.
Oi, @McCowboys. Did you need a new profile picture?
— NQ Cowboys (@nthqldcowboys) January 21, 2020
To be totally honest, they would have been even higher if they’d decided to roll out their Nines jersey during the season proper.
— NQ Cowboys (@nthqldcowboys) February 13, 2020
3 – Panthers
It’s essentially the same design as their 2019 jersey which we rated very highly and are happy to share our thoughts again.
“The Panthers have hit a home run with this jersey that will make them one of the most aesthetically pleasing teams this season.
It’s not flashy, it’s not overdone, it just works. “
— Penrith Panthers (@PenrithPanthers) March 5, 2020
Some may find a bright pink away jersey a bit garish, not here though, at the very least it’s a unique look that really stands out.
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— Penrith Panthers (@PenrithPanthers) February 29, 2020
2 – Tigers
How can you not love this excellent looking jersey, the orange V with white trim pops and will have the Titans looking very slick as they charge to the finals this year.
Not long until we're back!
Down to the single digits… 👀 pic.twitter.com/tICm9Cbj5v
— Wests Tigers (@WestsTigers) March 5, 2020
Bonus points as well for a proper away strip which follows the same design but swaps the black and white parts around.
Bring on Round 1! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/pfJgs9a9g9
— Wests Tigers (@WestsTigers) March 1, 2020
1 – Titans
Yeah we’re biased, but can you blame us? Justin Holbrook’s outfit will be looking sharp in these jerseys (proudly adorned with the Neds logo front & centre) all season long.
ICYMI | Kevin Proctor was this morning named Captain of the Club with Ryan James in the role as Club Captain.
Watch the full press conference.
— Gold Coast Titans (@GCTitans) February 28, 2020
Not to mention a mighty fine away jersey too.
“It’s been good, it’s been really enjoyable and that’s kind of flowed onto the field.”
Mitch Rein is Round 1 ready!
— Gold Coast Titans (@GCTitans) March 8, 2020