England’s All Black Rugby World Cup Uniform Ruffles Kiwi Feathers
The Rugby World Cup kicks off September 9th in New Zealand, and the English squad is already causing a stir with the announcement of a new uniform that Kiwis feel is a bit too similar to the iconic kit of the host country.
The "All Blacks" of New Zealand are one of the most recognizable sports teams on the planet, their uniform being as integral to team identity as Yankee pinstripes or "Red Devil" kits of Manchester United. So it's no surprise that when England announced earlier this month that they would be wearing all-black (lower case, please) uniforms for the first match of the Rugby World Cup, New Zealand fans and players felt a bit infringed-upon.
Former All Black star Jonah Lomu was dumbfounded.
When I saw the picture, I was just saying, ‘one thing is for sure, the All Blacks are the original and anybody who is after the original is an imitator.'
England's traditional kit is to wear all white, providing the natural contrast between the two traditional rugby powers. Who, you might ask, is behind the new England uniform?
The athletic apparel company, recently obsessed with the color black (see the numerous college football teams slated to wear black Pro Combat uniforms this season) pitched England the second kit, perhaps as a nose-thumbing at rival Adidas (manufacturer of New Zealand's All Black jerseys).
Nike plans to officially unveil the all-black England kit August 1st.
image via the Daily Mail
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