The World Rugby Sevens Series kicks off its 2016/17 schedule with the Dubai 7s tournament, and ahead of this weekend’s festivities, England rugby have revealed the new jerseys their men’s and women’s sevens teams will wear this season.
Replacing the St George’s Cross-heavy designs that England have been wearing since 2014, the new jerseys from the RFU’s long-term kit supplier Canterbury, are a striking break from tradition, incorporating a bold graphic across the front of the shirt, and a controversial new colour choice.
The basic design of the traditional white home and black away shirts is identical, and both incorporate the eye-catching ‘turbine’ pattern across the front – the home shirt mixes grey and orange stripes in its recipe, while the away uses various shades of black and grey.
In addition, the shirt, which is made using Canterbury’s VapoDri fabric, has striking orange piping framing the 360º Loop neckline that runs all around the shoulders, and controversially we also have an orange St George’s cross on the back of the shirt, too.
“It’s an honour to be able to represent England around the world and every time we pull on the shirt, we want to make the country proud.” said Tom Mitchell, captain of England and this summer’s Team GB Olympic Sevens team. “It’s going to be an exciting season on the sevens circuit and the squad are really looking forward to getting back on the road again.”