Our always controversial jersey rankings are back for the 2018 NRL season.
There haven’t been many big changes in terms of NRL jerseys, but that doesn’t mean that our rankings won’t change significantly – I am a very flakey man and what appealed last year, I may find awful in 2017.
Don’t be afraid to let us know which jerseys we have misjudged!
16. Penrith Panthers
There plenty of issues at Penrith – all of their good players keep leaving, apparently everybody hates the coach and Phil Gould is still involved – but for mine their biggest problem is their jersey.
I labelled this jersey an eye-sore 12 months ago and I am happy to stand by that.
15. Wests Tigers
This will likely prove to be higher than where they finish on the actual NRL ladder.
The club is still trying to appease fans of both the Balmian Tigers and the Western Suburbs Magpies and I still think that they have failed.
14. North Queensland Cowboys
I am a North Queensland Cowboys fans, but you wouldn’t see me in this jersey for dead.
It is an absolute disgrace that the great Johnathan Thurston has to spend his final year in the NRL wearing one of the most childish jerseys in the history of the game!
13. New Zealand Warriors
The jerseys produced by the New Zealand Warriors generally have something colourful about them, but this is a very bland effort.
They need to stop trying to be a poor man’s All Blacks and return to the blue, white, red and green.
12. Gold Coast Titans
The Gold Coast Titans have not had a good jersey in their history and this has not changed in 2018.
This jersey would be better if it was red and black and included a logo of a Bear instead of a Titan…
11. Cronulla Sharks
The Cronulla Sharks have been the big fallers in the jersey rankings this season.
I’m not a fan of the new V look and I am disappointed that they have moved away from their heritage strip.
10. Canberra Raiders
Like every year, how much you enjoy the Canberra Raiders jersey is generally dictated by how you feel about the colour lime green.
I don’t mind it, but I wish they would go back to Canberra Milk as their major sponsor.
9. Newcastle Knights
The Newcastle Knights have missed out on a spot in the top eight and they are probably a touch unlucky as there isn’t much wrong with this jersey.
8. Canterbury Bulldogs
There has been plenty of changes at the Canterbury Bulldogs in the pre-season, but their jersey has remained much the same.
It is a classic for a reason and the fact they haven’t messed with it is a positive.
7. South Sydney Rabbitohs
The South Sydney Rabbitohs are another club that keep their jersey fairly similar each season and the only time it ever really changes is it Russell Crowe has a new movie that he wants to promote.
6. Sydney Roosters
It is easy to see why the Sydney Roosters haven’t made any changes to their jersey for a number of decades.
It is still going to be pretty weird watching Cooper Cronk run around in one of these though.
5. St George Illawarra Dragons
The St George Illawarra Dragons don’t bother trying to appease old fans of the Illawarra Steelers in their jersey and it is often easy to forget that this club is a joint venture.
It is a ripping jersey though.
4. Melbourne Storm
I love nothing more than a heritage NRL strip and I am delighted that the Storm have gone back to their original jersey design for their 20th season.
This jersey is a classic and there is no doubt that it is the best jersey they have ever had.
3. Manly Sea Eagles
There are three likeable things about the Manly Sea Eagles – Tom Trbojevic, Jake Trbojevic and this jersey.
The side committed to the heritage jersey last season and they were rewarded with a place in the top eight!
2. Brisbane Broncos
There was plenty of controversy when I had the Brisbane Broncos on top of this, so this year I’ve docked them a whole one spot in order to avoid any complaints of bias!
1. Parramatta Eels
I’ve almost been tempted to jump ship to the Parramatta Eels – that is how good this jersey is!
They have gone back to the strip that was worn by the club in the 1960s and 1970s and there really isn’t anything better hoops on a football jersey of any time!