England have broken the mould with their new kit. They have moved the rose to the centre of the shirt for the first time in the history of English Rugby. The kit will be worn by England throughout the 2014-15 campaign with a new strip unveiled before the start of next year’s World Cup. It is similar to the 2012/2013 kit, just with different placements of the logo. Furthermore, there is a new high friction surface on the shirt to aid catching in the wet. The shirt is extremely tight fit. The shorts are also white, yet we can only assume the socks are navy and white, as there are limited photos released to the media.
In addition to the new-look home shirt, England have reverted back to a traditional red change strip which will be worn against Samoa in the autumn internationals.
England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “The England shirt is a source of huge pride for the players and it’s a special moment when they receive it before an international as it represents many things – those that have supported the players on their path to become an England player, former internationals who have worn the shirt before them, all those who are involved in and support the game and the English nation as a whole.
“That pride in wearing the shirt is massively important to the players and hopefully it is something the fans can see and connect with. It’s great that the alternate kit is very much in keeping with our national colours and as such we have chosen the Samoa game to wear it in preparation for the Rugby World Cup as this may be required during the tournament.”
Personally, I like the new designs. The away kit, which will only be used once is very nice and I hope they keep it for the World Cup. The new position of the rose and the CCC logo will have mixed responses. The Black armbands have gone, after negative responses last year. It’s a shame they keep changing the kit, unlike wales who will keep the same kit from 2013 to 2015.
The Kit is designed by Canterbury (CCC), here is there promotional video. The official hashtag is #EnglandIsAll.