The Scarlets shocked pretty much everyone last season by beating the odds and winning their first Pro12 title in over a decade. It’s all change in the new Pro14 this season, however, and so it’s fitting that the new champs have a new jersey supplier to go with it.
After three years with Koooga, the Scarlets signed a bumper five-year deal with the Italian firm in the offseason, and it’s no surprise that the they’ve gone classic for their first effort.
So, there’s no fancy sublimation or weird patterns here – just a classic scarlet shirt with a subtle striped tonal fade at the bottom of the design to add a bit of modern ornamentation to the design.
Collar-wise we have a stub-style collar design – something that Macron has been using on some of its designs this season, and it certainly adds to the classic vibe of the jersey.
There is one bit of extra interest on the jersey, and that’s on the side panels. Sublimated into the design are the names of all of the clubs that make up the Scarlets regions.
It’s a nice little touch that definitely highlights the fact that last season’s achievements were for the whole of the region, not just for Llanelli, though it’s something we have seen a few times before…
However, the first time we remember seeing this trick was on the 2012/13 jersey of the Scarlets’ arch-rivals over the Loughor, the Ospreys. We’re not sure how Scarlets fans feel about them recycling a five-year-old idea from their arch enemies, but it’s seems a little bit awkward from where we’re sitting.
Still, that doesn’t take away from what’s a very respectable first effort for Macron – they’ve kept things subtle for their first attempt at a Scarlets jersey, and we’re sure that the fans will appreciate the classic vibes.