Newcastle Falcons 2014/15 Gilbert Home & Alternate Shirts

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Since they returned to the Premiership in 2013, things haven’t exactly been plain sailing for Newcastle. Indeed, both this year and last they’ve been a trendy pick for relegation at the start of the season. And yet, somehow the North East’s only professional rugby club managed to dodge the drop, even when things were looking very bleak last year and with the London Welsh clown car farce speeding merrily towards the relegation precipice, the Falcons look to be pulling off another escape this season.  Continue reading

Newport Gwent Dragons 2014/15 GIlbert Home & Alternate Shirts

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Things were supposed to be different for the Dragons this year. After being the punchline of Welsh rugby for the better part of a decade, things looked promising on paper for the Newport-based region – they have a good coach in Lyn Jones, they’d recruited impressively over the summer, bringing in experienced internationals such as Lee Byrne and Andy Powell to compliment a very bright crop of youngsters including Hallam Amos and Jack Dixon… they’d even made plans to change the dreadfully 90s-looking club crest, which has blighted their shirts since its inception. And yet… Continue reading

New Zealand Māori All Blacks 2014/15 Adidas Shirt

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Like most other thing to do with New Zealand rugby, the Māori All Blacks are not your average representative team. While most representatives teams are a bit of a jolly, more about socialising and rekindling the ‘amateur’ values of rugby union, the Māori are a deadly serious outfit – they beat the Lions in 2005, and regularly play A sides and Tier 2 nations. The Māori heritage aspect might be strictly enforced, but there’s little doubt that those that don the jersey of the Māori All Blacks see it as a dress rehearsal for putting on the real thing.  Continue reading

Gloucester Rugby 2014/15 Kooga Home & Alternate Shirts

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It’s been a season of considerable upheaval on and off the pitch at Gloucester this year – the entire backroom staff was replaced after another season out of the playoffs, and the chequebook was compelling waved in the direction of top-notch international players such as John Afoa, Richard Hibbard and James Hook. Time will tell if all the upheaval was worthwhile, but one constant Gloucester do have this year is their home shirt, unchanged from last season. We never gave it a proper look last year, however, so let’s take a look at this shirt and the new away kit in depth to see whether more changes were actually needed…

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Toyota Central Cheetahs Super Rugby 2015 Puma Home & Alternate Shirts

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After a brief flirtation with the playoffs in 2013, it was back down to earth with a bump for the Cheetahs – despite having an interesting and actually quite nice kit from Puma last year, they ended up rooted to the bottom of the South African conference, and finished 14th in the overall standings – hardly what they expected after a sixth place finish in 2013, and with the likes of Adrian Strauss, Cornal Hendricks and Willie le Roux in the side. Continue reading

Vodacom Bulls Super Rugby 2015 Puma Home & Alternate Shirts

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Last year, a heinous rugby shirt crime was committed on the rugby shirt world in the proud rugby city of Pretoria. That crime was the Bulls 2014 Puma home and alternate shirts – two garments so hideously ugly, so depressingly inappropriate, so wretchedly preoccupied with being on-trend, it’s amazing that they didn’t spontaneously combust the second any self-respecting human being tried to put one on.  Continue reading

Castres Olympique 2014/15 Kipsta European Home & Alternate Shirts

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After a few seasons of looking like they were ready to upset the traditional French hegemonies and become a new force in the Top14, this has been quite the disaster. Grand finalists the last two years, Castres are currently rooted to the bottom of the league table, and are in a proper relegation fight. With things looking so bleak domestically, Europe is probably a welcome distraction for Castres fans – and Kipsta has them covered for shirt options there, too.  Continue reading