Leinster’s new away kit has caused a stir online, and has split opinion down the middle.
While the home kit is a play on the famous blue of the Irish province, the colour of the alternate kit is a radical departure from the standard Leinster colour scheme.
This year’s kit is the first time Adidas have produced Leinster gear and the general perception is that the company make very nice rugby apparel.
According to the Province: “Continuing the homage to the Leinster province, the Leinster Rugby Alternate jersey for the season is a graphical representation of the 12 counties.
“The green and gold colours are direct call outs from the provincial Leinster flag, once again tying into the history of the province as Leinster Rugby represents the 12 counties on the road.
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“Linking into the home jersey and the people of Laighean, hundreds of spearheads are used to outline the individual counties in the pattern of the new Alternate jersey.”
The reaction to the alternate jersey was mixed.
“Um, sir… I forgot to put in the order for a Leinster change kit.”
Have we got any of that one we gave Munster a while back?
Start unpicking those Munster crests, son. And get out your yellow highlighter. pic.twitter.com/1I3N2SGIbQ
— Andy McGeady (@andymcgeady) August 8, 2018
Like it although where have I seen that black type jersey before?? pic.twitter.com/fgpaYKLDnZ
— leinster rugby fans forum (@LeinsterF) August 8, 2018
The Leinster Blue jersey is nice enough but I've seen that brown one before!!! pic.twitter.com/gsvbmo2YeM
— The 2nd Row (@the2ndRow) August 8, 2018
It wasn’t all negative however.
Adidas never disappoint with rugby jerseys! New Leinster kits are crackers ??
— Keane Hoey (@KeaneHoey7) August 8, 2018
That away Leinster Jersey is beautiful, Adidas really suit them
— Conor Beattie (@beattie_conor) August 8, 2018
Leinster’s alternate kit in 2016/17 also drew fire among the more traditionalist fans.
Speaking about the launch of the new adidas Leinster Rugby Home and Alternate jerseys, Leinster Rugby Head of Commercial and Marketing, Kevin Quinn, said: “A huge amount of work from the players, coaches, backroom team, sponsors and supporters went into winning our first double last May.”
The design also had the late addition: the small mattter of the 4 star representing their 4 Champions Cup win.
“Now credit must also go to the team at adidas for getting the fourth star added above the Leinster crest in time for the launch of these new jerseys. There has been a lot of interest from supporters since the announcement of our five-year partnership, and we believe they will love the new kit design created by adidas.”
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