Welsh rugby has been in a state of almost comedically persistent turmoil over the last 12 months. The regions and the WRU have been in a state of open warfare for some time now, and as we write this, the season’s barely a week away and the chances of peace seem incredibly remote. It’s hardly surprising then, that in amongst the constant he said, she said bullshit, you might have missed the longest running partnerships in Welsh regional rugby come to an end. Yes, after supplying the Ospreys kit since the region was founded in 2004, the Swansea-based outfit parted company with Kooga this year, and signed up with Aussie big noises, BLK. But is it a marriage made in heaven?
A few months ago, when Toulouse announced that Nike wouldn’t be renewing its contract with the French giants, rumours abounded that the US sports giant would be pulling out of rugby altogether, just over a decade on from their revolutionising of rugby shirt design back at the 2003 World Cup. Thankfully that seems to have been premature, and if the latest Sarries shirts are anything to go by, there’s still plenty of evolution left in the tank. Continue reading
After several years being supplied by Australian rugby league specialists ISC, London Irish have switched suppliers this season, appropriately to Irish sportswear company O’Neills. O’Neills primarily specialise in providing kits for GAA teams, though they also have a fairly big presence in rugby, and until last season had kitted out Harlequins for several years. So what do we make of this very Celtic marriage of team and supplier? Well…
Argentina have brought plenty to the mix since they joined the top table of Southern Hemisphere international rugby three seasons ago, and while they might still be waiting for their first win in The Rugby Championship, Los Pumas have never failed to disappoint with some eye-catching alternate jerseys since they joined the Tri-Nations party.
Ulster Rugby have unveiled their latest kits for the new season, and while we’ve slated the Northern Irish province for their conservatism in previous shirts, for 50 per cent of their offering this year, we certainly can’t accuse them of not trying something that’s a little bit out of the ordinary…
Over the last few years, Munster have seen their position at the top of the tree in Irish provincial rugby gradually slip away as first Leinster, and more recently Ulster have made more waves at both Pro12 and European level. Only a fool will ever count Munster out, however, and they’ll doubtless be a formidable outfit again this year, but will they be wearing formidable outfits while they’re doing it? Well… Continue reading
After several seasons with Irish manufacturer O’Neills, Harlequins have signed up with Adidas, joining an elite group of Northern Hemisphere teams who are supplied by the German sportswear giant. Naturally, there’s been a lot of excitement and anticipation for the new gear from Quins fans, but that’s not the most important thing. No, the most important thing is what we think of it, obviously, so get on with it… Continue reading