One of the most exciting things about the build up to a Rugby World Cup is always the new kit releases.
Some keep it traditional, others push the boat out. To launch our new ‘Pick of the…’ series, we’re starting with the Top 5 RWC 2019 replica shirts currently available at rugbystore.co.uk.
Making any changes to a home shirt in a World Cup year is always a risk, but Under Armour have nailed their final Wales kit.
The detail in this shirt is impressive. From the symbolic references to the shield in Bread of Heaven to the 18.81 degree angles of the chevrons to represent the WRU’s founding year, every quirk and fibre in this shirt has a purpose.
Wales have a good chance of going far in Japan this year and this is certainly a shirt that every fan will be keen to show their support in.
IN A WORD: INNOVATIVE
STAR RATING: ☆☆☆1/2
Looking good at your home Rugby World Cup is non-negotiable. Thankfully Canterbury have pulled it out the bag with this tremendous new home design.
Updating the traditional red and white hoops, the pattern is inspired by samurai helmets to symbolise the fighting spirit of the Japanese who will be keen to cause a few upsets on their home turf.
Add into that the subtle detailing and it is no surprise that this is already proving to be one of our most popular replica shirts on sale.
IN A WORD: Modern
STAR RATING: ☆☆☆☆
Following Macron’s recent template of simple, classic designs this Scotland shirt presents a subtle yet fantastic blend of sky blue and tartan for a great original alternate jersey.
Look hard and you will notice two tartans: the Scottish Rugby tartan which features on the shoulders and cuffs and the Nagasaki tartan – yes there is such a thing – placed on the underside of the collar to represent the strong links between Scotland and the Japanese city.
Macron have a habit of producing top quality shirts for the Rugby World Cup and this Scotland alternate design is no different.
IN A WORD: CLASSIC
STAR RATING: ☆☆☆☆ 1/2
How can you improve one of sport’s most recognisable shirts? Somehow adidas have bettered their 2015 effort with this striking sublimated design.
A new fern-inspired pattern is included on the torso which celebrates Maori and Japanese culture while producing one of the best shirts that we’ve seen in recent years.
It may not be the solid black that some fans demand but it is hard to find fault with this All Blacks shirt.
IN A WORD: CULTURED
STAR RATING: ☆☆☆☆☆
Beating that All Blacks shirt requires something spectacular. With the Wallabies alternate shirt for RWC 2019 we have just that…
The indigenous design is not new for Australian Rugby yet the ASICS variation for this season blows previous efforts out the park. The perfect blend of colours with a fantastic design will make this a long term fan favourite.
The only disappointing fact about this shirt is that it will only be worn once against Uruguay. Beginning to grow even further in popularity, we hope to see the Wallabies indigenous shirt worn more often in the future.
IN A WORD: STUNNING
STAR RATING: ☆☆☆☆☆