THE NEW SEASON is close. So close you can almost taste the man-made fibres that go into each and every figure-hugging modern piece of elite sports equipment – or jerseys as some people like to to call them.
So, because you can’t bloody wait any longer, here is what the wardrobe department has in store for the final act of the RaboDirect Pro12.
You don’t mess with a classic. Treviso’s green and white hoops thankfully remain unchanged.
The big change with the north Italian club’s kit is the manufacturer. Canterbury now adorn the chest in place of Errea, but that still doesn’t make these babies easy to find.
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The sky blue kits knocking round Arm’s Park will be replaced by this rather fetching blue and navy hooped number.
The old colours are represented in the alternate kit. Can’t say we care too much for that one.
A new manufacturer, but just a minor tweak to the alternate kit for the western province. Maybe it’s the extra spots, but we prefer the new version.
The classic first kit has moved the black patches from the chest onto the arms.
Not. Bad. At. All.
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The northern province will keep the same kits for Mark Anscombe’s second season.
If it’s changes you want, allow your eye to drift onto the base of Mike McComish’s spine there to see Kingspan replace the ‘Telly’ in some sponsorship real estate.
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In a club’s second year in existence, a complete kit redesign probably isn’t high on the agenda. Zebre will hope for better luck than their snazzy gear brought last year.
Speaking of Zebre, have you all seen Leinster’s new stripey number yet?
We’ve yet to see the white one in the flesh, but we must admit, the blue one looks much better in action than these loose-fitting version.
Maybe it’s the return to their former sponsor, but there is something refreshingly back to basics about the new Munster gear.
The navy alternate jersey makes a welcome return. And the only hint of any ‘design’ above simplistic/solid is a bit of shoulder-defining shade on the home shirt.
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Far more dignified than Lewis Evans frolicking with a knight in the main image above, Andrew Coombes got his troops together to show off their fetching new outerwear for the 2013/14 season.
There’s some extra pattern-y stuff on the belly of the traditional sleek black of the Neath-Swansea side. The white alternate kit has trimmed back the amount of yellow on the arms.
What’s that coming over the hill, is it a huling great TV sponsorship deal to breathe life into Scottish rugby? Who knows, but BT Sport now adorn both of Scotland’s Pro12 clubs.
The design format is different not too, with simple red stripes on a black or white background rather than last season’s red-flecked black efforts with all red alternate kits.
There’s something innately comical about seeing Ali Kellock and Duncan Weir posing side by side.
Aside from the addition of a sponsor, the alternate white kit has moved a blue patch from the waist to the shoulder. Canterbury have moved aside with Macron coming on as manufacturer and that has brought a few sharper angles to the table. And that home kit looks particularly sharp.
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Llanelli have added some surprisingly annoying white patterns to replace the grey lines of last season.
The alternate kit has turned from black with red to blue with the same white lines – though for us it’s the better of the two from the largest Welsh region.
So there they are, rugby fans. But tell us, aside from your own province, which kit is your favourite?