Canterbury have unveiled the new England kit for the 2013/2014 season.
Speaking at Bruntcliffe School, England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said:
“Putting on an England shirt is a huge source of pride for the players and the white shirt is a critical part of England’s identity and our history and heritage. We want everyone to feel part of this England side, to feel a sense of connection and pride in the team and to inspire more people to play and watch rugby.”
England and London Irish winger, Marland Yarde said:
“When you put on an England shirt before a match, you always think about the players that have been there before you and the people who have helped you get where you are. You want to continue the tradition and perform at your best. I can’t wait to get the chance to wear it in front of a packed home crowd at Twickenham in a few weeks.”
Speaking about the launch of the new shirt, Canterbury CEO, Chris Stephenson, said:
“Canterbury is passionate about the sport of rugby, and the launch of the new kit today at Bruntcliffe School reflects our joint commitment, along with the RFU, to supporting the game from grassroots to elite level and further emphasises the ‘England Is All’ message.
“The new shirt continues to honour the proud traditions of England rugby whilst featuring a new and contemporary design, and is of course engineered to meet the rigours of the game at the elite level. We’re sure that players and fans alike will be proud to wear it.”
The black (‘midnight blue’) armbands are interesting – are we perhaps finally mourning the death of English rugby from 2003?!