WARRINGTON Wolves have unveiled their limited-edition, eco-friendly Magic Weekend kit.

Fans attending tonight's Super League game against St Helens were given the first glimpse of the kit The Wire will wear when they take on Catalans Dragons in Newcastle on Sunday, July 10.

A rugby league first, the kit is made from 70 per cent recycled plastic, with each shirt using between 17 and 27 recycled plastic bottles depending on size.

The production process sees bottles washed and chopped into small chunks where they are then melted to form resin. The resin is then used to form yarn and produce the jerseys.

Supporters can pre-order their jerseys now priced at £52 for adults and £38 for juniors.

Warrington Wolves prop Robbie Mulhern, who studies Environmental Studies at the Open University, said: “This is a really exciting project to be a part of.

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Robbie Mulhern and Joe Philbin in the Magic Weekend kit. Picture by Stuart McKendrick/Warrington Wolves

“It’s such a big issue facing our world so to use this project to educate people is really important and something I’m passionate about.

“Hopefully this can take off and be the case for all kits across Rugby League and other sports going forward.

“The big thing is trying to reuse and not remake materials at the minute. If this is a success then in the future it will save so many resources which will help our planet.

“It starts at home with people making positive changes. It’s about the way we consume whether that’s fashion, diet or technology. Everyone has to scale back a bit and these are great initiatives by the club to do that.”

Neil Williams, UK Sales Manager of O’Neills, said: “We are delighted to collaborate with Warrington Wolves on this pioneering and innovative project.

“Our ability to match Wire’s request for a sustainable jersey, is something that our research and development team have been working on for quite some time.

"To see one of our foremost professional teams being able to offer the supporters a jersey that is composed of recycled plastic bottles is something that gives us great satisfaction.”

Warrington Wolves CEO Karl Fitzpatrick added: “I’d like to thank our kit partners O’Neills for collaborating with us on this exciting project for what can hopefully be the blueprint for all of our shirts going forward.

“The unique kit is a world-first for our sport and is part of a bigger campaign to become a more environmentally-friendly business and reduce our impact on the environment.

“As a club we have a duty to our town to promote a more sustainable way of living and further activations are planned for the rest of the year and beyond.”