The remainder of these international uniforms will be done in groups classified by region. The first region is the pacific islands. The pacific island nations were a fairly daunting task in that there is a strong push for the inclusion of unique pacific-style art elements, something I have no experience in making. As a result, the deeper meaning of the art style I have “mimicked” is likely to convey contradictory or nonsensical meaning; I just put my efforts into the aesthetics.
Although the Cooks share Australia’s colours, the execution of their jersey makes it impossible to confuse the two countries. I didn’t reinvent the wheel with the Cook Islands. Instead, I took the key distinguishing elements of the current design (the “barbs”, for lack of a better term) and featured it strongly in the design.
I’ve wanted to change Fiji’s colours for a long time. The black and white is not a bad colour scheme but its strongly associated with their national rugby team. Brown is a fantastic colour that is barely used in any sport, and is a colour I actively look to include in colour schemes. Coincidentally brown is a colour associated with Fijian masi cloth, so it was a natural choice to include orange and tan to complement.
PNG has the oldest RL body in the pacific islands and has a long history of using the V. The key distinguishing elements are the colours, and their use. Yellow and red are featured heavily in the primary uniform.
Although the design is simple overall, Samoa took the longest to complete. I tried to place Samoan tatau elements into a deep V formation, similar to past Bulldogs jerseys. Since the pattern is so dominant, I went with a double-blue look.
Red and white is such a strong colour combination. I made the design as simple as possible to focus on these colours. A cross, similar to that on the Tongan flag is featured in the centre of the jersey with tapa cloth patterns.