Another World Cup, another batch of kits. Twenty, in fact, from an array of manufacturers. Kit aficionado Jack Fitzgerald is here to give you a low down on this year’s kits.
It’s not often we hear terms such as ‘fabrication’ when it comes to kits. However Canterbury have done just that with what they call their ‘most lightweight kit ever’. Featuring ‘ball-deadening’ grip chevrons on the chest, England’s kit this time around is one for the purists. A quite simplistic look for the hosts, with little details that make a difference such as an ‘3D’ injection molded crest and an embroidered Webb Ellis Cup on the arm representing their 2003 conquest. The change red kit features the same details, but the sleeves are a different shade to the base giving it a slightly fussy look.
The Welsh Rugby Union were under strict orders about the launch of their kits for the next two years. Revealed against Ireland in early August, Under Armour have provided Wales with their most technologically advanced shirt ever. Flashes of gold and oxblood adorn the shoulders and cuffs on both the traditional red kit and the navy change. Like the England kit, this also has the grip patterns on the chest.
Japanese brand Asics have really tried to extend their prowess in the rugby market ahead of the 2019 World Cup, which is on home turf for them. Part of this expansion is their sponsorship deal with the Wallabies. They have given the Aussies a blast from the past, with the 90s inspired sleeve bringing back the heyday of Australian rugby. As ever, it is in the traditional gold and green, and a flash of white on the collar. The change is the same but in a crisp white.
Sevens super nation Fiji haven’t really excelled at the fifteen a side game, however have been a staple side for most world cups. This year is no exception. The Pacific islanders have teamed up with Australian brand BLK who have provided a great looking kit for the tournament. The traditional base colour of white has been broken up by Fijian taba patterns and a black trim. It also features a traditional breastplate pattern in the grip material which is oh-so common. This is a stunner as rugby kits go. Clean and simple. The change is a gradient black to white, which ruins the look. If only it were plain black…
This inoffensive kit, manufactured by UK firm Kooga, is going to have to get used to losing. The rugby gods were not on Uruguay’s side when the draw was made. Los Teros have been given quite a dated kit with it’s multi-width black lines and league style popped collar. However, they have pulled it off well with a nice shade of blue, similar to the recent Dublin GAA strip in Ireland. Not bad at all for one of the only sides in the competition to have no professionals. The change is white apparently, but have not found any images of this as of yet. This will probably not get a run out during the RWC.