Northampton Saints have become one of those dangerous teams that don’t get a lot of hype or press attention, but still do pretty well – they’ve made the quarter-finals in each of the Champions Cup’s first two seasons after all, and counting out a team with names like Hartley, North, Picamoles and Lawes in it would be foolish at best…
For 2016/17 the Saints will be heading into the Champions Cup wearing a European jersey designed by new kit supplier, Macron, and the Italian company has done a rather fine job of it, you have to say.
Following on from the half-and-half vibe of the regular away shirt, this jersey blends the black shirt that has become the standard base for the Saints European jersey with the traditional black, green and gold hoops of Northampton.
In many ways, it’s a way of appeasing those who grumble that European shirts rob fans the pleasure of seeing their team run out in its heritage colours on the biggest stage, but we really think it works.
By adding a splash of traditional hoops, it makes this feel less moody and demure than many Black For Black’s Sake change shirts, and of course has the added benefit of making it feel distinctly and uniquely a Northampton Saints shirt too.
Macron has had a pretty stellar first year with the Saints, and this jersey just caps things off rather nicely – we look forward to seeing how this partnership develops in the future. But can we get a proper collar next year?