11 Jul New Scotland match kit unveiled
Scotland’s national team players will start the new season with a brand new match kit which goes on sale this week.
Drawing inspiration from the previous, and highly popular, Rugby World Cup 2015 shirts, which were bought in record-breaking numbers over the past 12 months, the 2016/17 kits feature some exciting new design twists.
The home strip is naturally navy blue and features a new white stripe across the shoulders.
It also includes a return to the classic white collar of previous Scotland shirts, with the added detail of including the popular Scottish Rugby tartan elements both under the collar and around the waistband.
The tartan theme continues with an innovative pattern embossed on the back of the shirt, with purple reinforced stitching used to finish the seams.
The shorts will be white with subtle Scottish Rugby tartan detailing around the leg. The full kit is finished off with navy socks carrying a purple and white hoop design.
The alternate kit pays homage to the popular away shirts of the late 1990s, with a white base colour and narrow navy blue pinstripe and navy blue collar.
Again there is unique detailing with thistle green and purple pinstripe colouring being added to the shirt sleeves and under the collar to represent the colours of the Scottish internationalists’ ties.
The alternate shorts are navy blue and the socks are white with thin navy hoops and a navy top. Scotland Women’s Lisa Martin & Jade KonkelBoth kits can be pre-ordered on shop.scottishrugby.org from today, Wednesday 6 July, and go on retail sale in the Official Scottish Rugby Store at BT Murrayfield at 9am Friday 8 July and through all other Macron stockists from Saturday 9 July.
Fans can see the national team players wearing the new kit in action for the first time during the autumn international series in November when they take on Australia, Argentina and Georgia.
The new designs are the first kits produced by Macron following the long-term extension of their contract with Scottish Rugby through to 2021.
The designs will be worn by the men’s and women’s Scotland national teams, national age-grades and Club International XV and feature the logo of Scottish Rugby’s principle partner BT and BT Mobile.
Dominic McKay, Scottish Rugby’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “Following on from the hugely successful RWC 2015 kits, Macron have designed and manufactured home and alternate kits for our national teams which we are confident will prove to be a hit with both players and fans alike.
We tasked Macron to produce designs which reflect our rich history whilst having a modern look – there is no doubt they have achieved this and we are delighted with the result.”
Gianluca Pavanello, Macron’s Chief Executive Officer, said “Following on from the outstanding success of Scotland’s sell-out kits at RWC 2015 and during the 2016 RBS 6 Nations, we realised it would be a challenge to match their popularity.”
However, like the national team, we set the bar high as regards to our goals and always seek to achieve and surpass them.
“We have worked very closely with Scottish Rugby throughout the design and development stage of the new kits, which is the equivalent of Macron’s pre-season training, and we are sure that both players and fans will wear them with pride in the coming season.”
Scotland and Edinburgh Rugby player, Grant Gilchrist said: “It looks like a classic Scotland shirt and yet has lots of subtle little features which make it feel unique.
I’m sure the fans will like them as both the home and alternate versions look really good.”
Scotland Women captain Lisa Martin said: “I think the design is awesome and reminds me of one of the first Scotland shirts my parents bought me when I was growing up.
“From a player’s point of view it feels great, meets all our needs and I like the way Macron are adapting our feedback each time to improve the performance aspects.”