The Glasgow Warriors have been one of the most consistent teams in the Pro12 over the last few years – in the last five seasons they’ve never finished outside of the top four, and they’ve reached two grand finals in that time, historically winning the league in 2015. 2016 is longtime coach Gregor Townsend’s final year, and you wouldn’t bet against them adding some more silverware to send him off either…
But who cares about trophies, winning games and all that ‘actually matters’ stuff? We’re here for the shirts – and once again, Macron has kept things clean and classy for the Warriors’ home shirt, nodding to the past as they look collectively to the future.
The base of the jersey is basically one of the most clean and simple shirts you can imagine – plain black, with a black, old-school collar, accented with some light blue double-stitching… and that’s about it. That is, except for the side panels…
The theme of this year’s home shirt is ‘Past, Present, Future’ and this is demonstrated by a pattern on the side panels made up of the names of Glasgow Warriors past and present, including Dan Parks, Chris Fusaro, Fergus Thomson and others.
The alternate shirt is pretty much the standard Warriors second shirt affair – a plain white shirt with black collar and sleeve cuffs, with a rather cool black, white and blue pinstriped pattern down the side panels to cap everything off.
Well… we say that, because that’s not all there is – as there’s also something rather striking at the base of the jersey that’s been drawing some smirking from fans… and it’s rather easy to see why.
Yup, there’s no way to get around it, the placing of the sublimated Warrior on the bottom of the jersey is a little… unfortunate, especially when the shirt it tucked in. Let’s not beat around the bush here, it’s a bit phallic, especially when you consider the shape of the Warrior’s, ahem, helmet… anyway.
Round the back, it’s nice to see the old logo of the Glasgow District Rugby Union given prominence again on the back of the shirt, just like it did last year.
On the whole, these are perfectly inoffensive, if slightly pedestrian designs – we like the pinstriped panels on the away shirt, but the home is almost too dour for its own good. That’s not to say they’re bad jerseys, but they’re a little uninspiring – it would be nice to see the Warriors try something a bit more daring next year.