The 2015/16 season was a hugely promising one for Sale Sharks – the club only lost one game at home in the Prem all season, and on the back of that excellent home form, surged up the table to secure a place back at rugby’s top table in the Champions Cup.
Despite the high-profile departure of Danny Cipriani then, there’s plenty for Sale fans to look forward to this season – most importantly of all, of course, a brand new home shirt from Norfolk-based kit supplier, Samurai.
We were big fans of last season’s home shirt, celebrating as it did the 10th anniversary of the club’s solitary Premiership title, and we’re pleased to see that our favourite aspect of that design, namely the white pinstripes, have been retained this time around – though those with a keen (ie massively fucking nerdy) eye will spot that these pinstripes actually get thinner as we go up the design.
Another throwback to Sale designs of yore can be found on the bottom left hand corner of the jersey, where the prominent shark fin motif from the 2013-15 era. We always rather liked the fin – it adds a bit of a none-more-Sale vibe to proceedings, and that can’t be a bad thing.
The other contrast between this shirt and last year’s design is the colour. The 2015 model shirt incorporated both dark and bright blue shades in a nod to the jersey worn in that famous Premiership-winning campaign, but this shade seems to be more of a return to the standard darker shade of blue that’s been seen on Sale shirts for most of the decade since.
We thought it would be pretty hard to top Sale’s shirt from last year – we were very big fans – but this design takes much of what we liked about that design, simplifies it, and adds a modernist twist to ensure that it still has a unique vibe. Very nice indeed.