The All Blacks jersey is one of the most iconic and recognisable jerseys in all of sport. It’s simple, clean, and whether it’s black or none more black, a true design classic. There’s a flipside to all this however – it tends to make a New Zealand alternate jersey something of an afterthought, not to mention a little silly when you consider the team’s name…
Georgian rugby is on the up. For the last decade or so, we’ve seen more and more Georgian players in Europe’s top leagues, particularly France, and they’ve qualified for the last three Rugby World Cups. They’ve also gained a bit more media exposure recently, playing a test match against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium this month, and putting in a credible performance for a team ranked 15th in the world. With increased exposure, Georgia need some new threads, of course, and that’s what we have here… Continue reading
Scotland have been making a big noise about their Sevens squad in recent years. While they may not exactly be high-fliers as far as the IRB World Series goes, last year’s Glasgow Commonwealth games and the annual Murrayfield leg of the IRB Sevens touring circuit means that an effort is always made to ensure that the Scots are nicely turned out in some tasty bespoke Sevens gear.
Hot on the heels of new All Blacks shirt, it’s the turn of Adidas’ other big international side, France, to show off the shirt they’ll be wearing for the next 8 months or so. And on first glance, there’s an awful lot to talk about here, so let’s get stuck in…
With their November tour kicking off this weekend, the All Blacks took time our from their preparations yesterday to launch their brand new 2015 home shirt from Adidas. The All Blacks jersey is without doubt the most iconic shirt in world rugby, and one of the most recognisable in sport globally, so the launch of a New Zealand jersey is always going to get us excited. With that in mind, let’s get stuck in and see what Adidas have come up with this year. Continue reading
Here at Rugby Shirt Watch, we’re something of traditionalists when it comes to rugby. You may well have noticed, for instance, that we have a special love for shirts that look like… well, proper rugby shirts really. We’re old enough to remember the pre-pro days where excessive alcoholism and casual violence were seen as entirely acceptable facets of the game, and as such we hold much of rugby’s old values as somewhat sacrosanct. Toulon then, with their team of mercenaries bankrolled by an incredibly erratic millionaire… well, the very notion rubs us a little up the wrong way. And yet you can’t argue with results… they may have taken a while to get there, but Toulon have gradually become a proper rugby team, as two Heineken Cups and a Bouclier de Brennus currently sat in their trophy cabinet can attest. Continue reading
Not content with the new BLK home and alternate shirts that we reviewed a little while back, Irish province Connacht have now unveiled their latest new third/European. Some people get annoyed when teams release loads of new shirts every season, but frankly, if you don’t like it, you don’t have to buy them all. We, on the other hand, have the same attitude to new rugby shirts that Keith Richards had to pharmaceutical-grade narcotics in the 1970s – we just can’t get enough. So, let’s dive in! Continue reading