If you’re a smaller rugby nation, there’s one tried and true way to get yourself noticed by the larger community, and that’s to have either very weird kits or very nice kits – just ask Germany. But when revealing their new kits with new supplier Macron, Romania have chosen to try both, and why not?!
Let’s get the easy one out of the way first – the all-white change strip is rather lovely, with nice Romainian flag trip and collar, it’s clean, it’s simple, it’s classy. It’s genuinely beautiful and if you were Romanian (and congratulations if you are) you’d be damn proud to see your team wearing in such a lovely kit.
And then there’s the other kit. There’s a reason that the lad modelling it at the launch looks like he’s not sure if he’s shat himself or not – that’s just how that kit makes me feel, and I’m not even wearing it.
We’re guessing the designers would call it a ‘bold and modernist take on the colours of the Romanian flag’ but I’d prefer to call it, ‘We gave a four-year-old some Skittles and left him alone with some yellow construction paper and the red and blue crayons and told him to have at it’
It looks like the curtains that my mum made out of some fabric she got on sale in 1996, and friends I’m not entirely sure that’s a good thing at all.
Still, ultimately, it does the job – we’re all now talking about Romanian rugby, which despite their flirtation with becoming a rugby force in the 80s and early 90s, isn’t something we’ve said in a while, so hats off!