NRL team the Manly Sea Eagles unveiled a new playing strip that features Māori designs.

Manly says it's more than a jersey, it's about building a relationship.

Manly Warringah has committed to playing a home game in Christchurch over the next two years, so they decided to have a special jersey with locally inspired Māori designs to show their commitment to the region.   

The jerseys were designed by Fayne Robinson of Ngāi Tūāhuriri who says that he was inspired by the warriors of old.

Manly will wear the new jerseys at their Christchurch home games, a relationship club management hopes will carry on over the next 10 years.

Robinson says he's proud that the Australian NRL team chose his home as their base.

Manly is set to take on the NZ Warriors in Christchurch on 9 June where we'll finally get to see their new kit in all its glory.