Ireland Rugby 2014/15 Canterbury Home & Alternate Shirts

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After a few up and down years with Puma, the German sportswear company decided to pull the plug on the deal a year early, and the IRFU quickly signed a new longterm deal with rugby specialists Canterbury. The deal went down very well with Irish fans, so let’s see what the UK-based firm has come up with…

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England Rugby 2014/15 Canterbury Home & Alternate Shirts

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The launch of a new England shirt is, by the standards of our tiny little corner of the rugby world, A Very Big Deal. Indeed, given that the RFU pocketed £5.4 million quid from merch sales in 2013 alone, getting the England shirt right is a pretty important job for the bods at Canterbury and the RFU. Today we’ve got not one, but two new England shirts to get our heads around, so let’s dive in.

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Connacht Rugby 2014/15 BLK Home Shirt

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While they’re still struggling to shed the image of ‘that rubbish Irish province everyone forgets about’, Connacht have been far from rubbish for some time now – after tasting Heineken Cup rugby a few seasons ago, the Galway side have recruited impressively and smartly (Mils Muliaina!), and the Sportsground is a place where no team really fancies going, regardless of their pedigree. Connacht also hold the distinction of being the first top-flight European side to sign up with BLK when the firm branched out of the Southern Hemisphere last year. They’re now in relatively esteemed company, of course, but let’s take a look at how BLK got on with their second crack at a Connacht shirt…

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Edinburgh Rugby 2014/15 Macron Home & Alternate Shirts

 

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For the last few years, Edinburgh Rugby have been lumbered with the reputation of being the ‘other’ Scottish Pro12 team. Asides from an entirely baffling trip to the Heineken Cup semi-finals a few years back, the team that used to be called the Gunners have very much been in the shadow of their rivals down the M8, Glasgow Warriors. They’ve caused a bit of a stir in the opening round of this year’s Guinness Pro12 however, stunning Munster at Thomond Park by a point, so can things be different for them this year? Will any success they have be cruelly undermined by rubbish shirts? Well, read on…

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Northampton Saints 2014/15 Burrda Home Shirt

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After a few years of looking like they were on the fringe of doing something special, Northampton Saints finally rewarded their passionate fans last season by securing a Premiership and Challenge Cup double. But how to mark such an achievement? Well, it seems the plan is to do things a little bit differently, kit-wise this year…

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Lyon Olympique Universitaire Rugby 2014/15 Macron Home & Alternate Shirts

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Lyon are one of the grand old names of French rugby – they were actually one of the first rugby clubs to form in France outside of Paris, and were big noises during the interwar period of French domestic rugby. Then it all went a bit tits up, and for some time LOU were slumming it in the lower tiers of French pro rugby for some time. For the last 10 years or so, however, Lyon have had the look of sleeping giants about them – with a playing budget that dwarfs many top-level teams elsewhere, Lyon have yo-yo’d between the Top 14 and ProD2 over the last few seasons, but now they’re back, and in black…
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Glasgow Warriors 2014/15 Macron Home & Alternate Shirts

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Coming off the back of making the Pro12 Grand Final last season, Glasgow appear to very much be a side who are going places. With a squad loaded with Scottish internationals and a generous helping of impressive foreign imports, they’ve got the quality and depth to become a real force. But all this nonsense about ‘kicking on’ and ‘winning things’ is entirely pointless if they do it wearing rubbish shirts, obviously. Right then… Continue reading