England Sevens star, Chris Cracknell and women’s captain, Michaela Staniford took to the Twickenham skies to unveil the new England kit which will feature at the final two tournaments of the HSBC Sevens World Series, Glasgow (5th and 6th May) and the Marriott London Sevens (12th and 13th May).
The pair posed on the roof of the Home of England Rugby where over 100, 000 fans are expected across the tournament weekend when London hosts the finale and the series’ trophy is lifted. The white home kit and purple away kit feature vibrant yellow stripes down the arms and chest which are fitting for this year’s Marriott London Sevens 1970s disco theme. Fans can complement the striking colours with afro wigs and groovy glasses!
The previous orange design, which was referred to as the ‘tequila sunrise’ has set a precedent for sevens shirts with a difference and was worn during victories by the men in Dubai in 2010 and 2011 and more recently by the women’s team which lifted the IRB Women’s Challenge Cup Sevens trophy in Hong Kong in March.
Cracknell said: “The Marriott London Sevens is the event that the boys really look forward to as the atmosphere and home support is always amazing. The new kit is equally as crazy as the last design and I’m sure will be just as popular with the fans. I’m looking forward to seeing it around the stadium when we run out in a few weeks.”
Staniford added: “Having played in Dubai and Hong Kong, we’re looking forward to competing against the world’s best players on home soil and we’ll certainly stand out in this brilliant kit featuring a touch of 70s flair. A ticket for the men’s tournament also provides access to the early rounds for the women at Twickenham’s Cardinal Vaughan before the semis and final take place on the Sunday on the Twickenham pitch.”
The Marriott London Sevens is the perfect day out for rugby fans and families alike, with a range of activities and entertainments to suit all. The Saturday of competition at last year’s event broke the HSBC Sevens World Series record for the highest attendance on a single day and with over 60,000 tickets already sold, the 2012 event is on course to be even bigger and better.
Weekend tickets for all the action on 12th and 13th May start from £30, with single day tickets available from £18 and kids tickets from £5 each day. Visit www.rfu.com/londonsevens or call 0844 847 2492. (Tickets are subject to availability and booking fees apply).
To see behind the scenes at the kit launch visit: http://www.rfu.com/News/2012/April/NewsArticles/170412_Sevens_kits.aspx
What are your thoughts on the new kits? Are they better or worse than the ‘Tequila Sunrise’ one?! Let us know.