Full-time colour TV, which kicked off officially yesterday, is already hailed as the greatest boost in the code’s history.
NSW Rugby League president Mr Kevin Humphreys this week summed up the optimism sweeping the clubs.
He said: “I think colour TV will do wonders for the game. Rugby League is tailor-made for colour TV.”
The Rugby League has just signed the richest TV contract in its history for colour coverage of this season’s matches.
The contract gives Channel 7 exclusive lights to delayed Sunday replays.
The ABC has the rights to Saturday replays, and Channel 10 has the rights to direct telecasts of midweek Amco Cup matches.
The majority of Sydney’s first-grade teams have either redesigned their playing rig or are considering changes in an effort to add to the colour spectacle.
Parramatta made its first appearance last week in restyled jumpers of royal blue with a series of bold gold stripes on the shoulders and around the chest.
The nylon has a sheen about it that comes up really well in colour.
A club spokesman, Mr Bob Jones, said: “They came up beautifully under the lights in our trial against Penrith last Saturday.”
St George wore its new jumpers for the first time last week in a trial against a country rep resentative team at Tweed Heads.
The jumpers have a red stripe around the sleeves.
Souths has switched to green shorts with a red stripe for colour TV.
And Newtown will wear a new light blue and white strip in the Amco Cup series.
Canterbury has redesigned blue-and-white shorts and has replaced the blue cotton yoke on the shoulders of its jumper with nylon.
A club spokesman said: “The nylon has a sheen about it that comes up really well in colour.”
Balmain may switch to gold shorts with black trim for its first season of colour TV.
Its secretary, Mr Keith Gittoes, said yesterday: “Our club colours, black and gold, are made to order for colour TV.”