In the last few years, a prevailing undercurrent of the Six Nations period has been the bubbling debate about whether Georgia should make the step up to the big time as Italy did 17 years ago… and while we can’t speak for that, we can say that they’re definitely making a case for it in the shirt stakes…
Following a three-year deal with Under Armour, the Lelos have recently signed a deal with Canterbury, and the UK-based firm has made some huge, fundamental changes to the Georgia rugby recipe – and it’s all for the better, we have to say.
So, whereas Georgia’s traditional colours have been black with bright red trim, this new jersey is a deep, dark red with gold trim. That’s quite a change, but one that isn’t without justification.
The dark red could also be described as a wine red, and that’s not by accident. The jersey’s new colours are designed to pay homage to one of the strongest expressions of Georgia’s national identity – wine making.
The fertile valleys of the South Caucasus house the source of the world’s first cultivated grapevines and neolithic wine production dating back over 8,000 years, and wine has been a key part of Georgia’s economy and culture.
There’s a lot to be said for clean, classy simplicity, and this shirt is a perfect example of that. While the stunning mix of dark red and gold trim has been seen before with Canterbury’s Queensland shirts, there’s no denying that it’s an absolutely gorgeous combination, and as a break from the usual it feels bold and innovative, too.
3 thoughts on “Georgia Rugby 2017/18 Canterbury Home Shirt”
Interesting colour choice, as the old 1991-2004 flag was this colour prior to the new white and red flag.
Would still like to see a white and red shirt with a design based on the flag.
Is this Georgia shirt almost identical to an England away shirt a few years back? While it’s a good looking jersey, it’s not all that innovative.
I love caunterbury since I was kid but wats Georgian wears is not really interesting . We got different colors of wine example red . Can be better , I hope next year is gonna be more cooler….