Rugby World Cup 2019 semi-finals – who wins the kit battle?

Last week, we examined the various jersey matchups from the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals, and decided who was going to look the best, even if they didn’t play the best.

As it happened we’re batting at .500 with our little exercise, with half of the teams that we decided were looking the best backing that up with the win on the field, but now there are just four teams left, and it’s time to pick the best dressed of the RWC2019 semi-finals…

New Zealand v England

It’s a common feature of our matchups this weekend that one team that won their quarter-final jersey battle is facing off against one that lost, in this case New Zealand’s Y3-designed jersey easily beating Ireland, while England’s uninspiring design losing out to a not exactly classic Wallaby effort.

Here however, things are just as comprehensive for the All Blacks, with the wonderfully intricate, tasteful and unique fern-patterned jersey clearly superior to a moribund England effort. We doubt things will be anything near as comprehensive when it comes to the game itself.

WINNER: New Zealand

Wales v South Africa

If the first semi-final was pretty easy to call on the shirt front, things are a lot closer for Sunday’s match between Wales and the Springboks. The Springboks lost out to Japan in our original quarter-final, but their jersey is still really quite nice.

The gold touches, the hyper-modern collar… provided that ASICS remember to send them enough of them, it’s a really cool design. But that Wales shirt just has something about it – the tonal quartered design, our favourite collar design of the tournament… in the battle of the defiantly modern designs, the men in red just about takes it.

WINNER: Wales

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