Ireland Rugby 2017/18 Canterbury Alternate Shirt

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Ireland don’t have a great deal of call for an alternate shirt usually – the men in green only really clash with one other prominent team in test rugby, so a change shirt is usually a bit of a luxury. Not this year, however – Ireland will play South Africa at home to kick off their Autumn international series, and to do that, they’ll need to wear this brand new shirt from Canterbury.

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Like the new England shirt, Canterbury has opted for none-more-trendy grey as the colour of choice here – something that will presumably make all the people who got het up about last year’s purple alternate shirt happy.

It’s a lighter shade than the England one, and it also keeps things cleaner on the body of the design – there’s no sublimated patterns here, they’ve saved that for the sleeves.

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If you remember the new Ireland home shirt that was launched back in August, you might also recall that the sleeves had a tonal pattern on them that was designed to represent the highest peaks of the four Irish provinces.

Here we have the same design but instead of a tonal pattern the outlines of the peaks are done in striking ‘evergreen and jasmine’ as Canterbury refers to the shades of green, and it’s much more noticeable as a result. You can really pick out the shapes of the peaks here, which has to be a good thing.

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Ireland will wear this shirt before they’ve worn their new home shirt, which is always a little bit odd – but with the Boks first up on the slate this November there wasn’t really much choice in the matter.

It does however give us a chance to appreciate the thinking behind this design in all its overt glory before the more subtle home shirt comes along, which has to be a good thing in the long run.

Buy the new Ireland alternate shirt at World Rugby Shop

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