As the new international rugby season prepares to kick off in the northern hemisphere, England have released images of their latest alternative away strip for the 2016/17 season.
In what is their eighth jersey in the last two years, their latest offering by Canterbury retains the navy but loses the familiar red side strips, instead splashing the red on the chest in the form of a patriotic George’s Cross.
Introducing the new England alternate kit 🌹
— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) August 31, 2016
As announced by the official England Rugby Twitter pages, fans will get their first viewing of the jersey on November 19th when they take on Fiji as part of the Autumn test series.
While the new kit is impressive, just how frequently it will be used, plus the fact that it is the eighth new kit in two years, has not been lost on England fans, who following the announcement, took to Twitter to have their say.
— Tad Chapman (@TadChap) August 31, 2016
@canterburyNZ Money grabbing Hope fans will resist buying them
— Mike (@mryddin786) August 31, 2016
@canterburyNZ Only those with money to burn by a shirt for 1 game & a home game @ that
— Gilbert_Green (@gilbertxgreen) August 31, 2016
So initial fan reaction is not about what the kit actually looks like but rather the fact that it is yet another and perhaps unneeded and expensive (£90 on Canterbury website) iteration of their countries famous ‘Red Rose’ strip.
Truth be told it will certainly not see much action in the coming season or two and if we are to go on form, it will probably be retired and replaced by another version in the not too distant future.
Let’s not get too attached then.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena