In recent years, Scottish domestic rugby has gone from being something of a punchline to a much more relevant concern. Edinburgh shocked everyone by making it to the Heineken Cup semi-final in 2012, while Glasgow have made the Pro12 playoffs for the last three years, finishing third in 2012/13.
In a peculiar bit of brand alignment, both Scottish pro teams have their kit supplied by Macron, who also now supply the Scottish national side. Macron are much more of a football brand than a rugby one, generally, but let’s check out what they’ve come up with here.
There’s something that’s just not right about this Glasgow shirt. We can’t quite put our finger on what it is – asides from Macron’s designers appearing to be taking their style inspiration from Star Trek Voyager – but there’s something. Maybe it’s the weird stripe/check hybrid pattern on the front, maybe it’s the fact that it just looks a bit too much like a football shirt – but there’s definitely something. That said, we can’t find anything to really complain about here, it’s a nice shirt really, and our quibbles are probably minor.
SHIT/GOOD RATING: GOOD. PROBABLY. OH GOD WE DON’T KNOW.
We might not have been able to decide whether we really liked Glasgow’s new shirt or not, but we’ve got no such issues here. Just look at it – this is one bloody lovely design. Firstly, let’s get this out of the way – unlike Glasgow, Edinburgh have been supplied by Macron for a few years now, and in that time, they have frankly, turned out some utter, utter shit – so our expectations were rightly very low. And yet look at this! It’s like Justin Bieber suddenly turning around and making the spiritual successor to The White Album – completely unexpected, and frankly, a bit confusing. If Macron had this sort of kit in them all along, why have they been churning out such risible shite for the past few years? Oh well, all is forgiven – one of the nicest new kits we’ve seen this season!
SHIT/GOOD RATING: GOOD