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The Worst Scotland National Rugby Kits ever

Richie Gray - photo © Alastair Ross
Richie Gray - photo © Alastair Ross

Scotland’s new kit supplier Macron has received a fair amount of praise ever since the country’s new national rugby kit was unveiled.

The kit is available to order from specialist sports stores, including Millet Sports, and players are just excited as fans to start wearing their national colours again.

In one of our previous posts that detailed the reveal of the new kit, which you can read again in full here, Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg said: “I’m really looking forward to playing in the new shirt and I really like the traditional design that Macron and Stuart [Gray] have gone for.”

The appeal of Scotland’s new national kit is only heightened when you consider some of the more embarrassing strips that the country’s rugby fans and players had to endure over the past few years:

2012/13 Away Kit

It is always nice to show your country’s colours on a national sport’s kit, but Canterbury might have taken this a step too far when they manufactured Scotland’s change rugby strip for 2012/13.

The idea was to have the iconic Andrew’s cross splashed across the kit, but space had to be left on the front of the shirt to showcase that Scotland was sponsored by the Royal Bank of Scotland.

As a result, fans were presented with a kit which had what appeared to be a white bib with sponsorship logos splashed across it. The fierce nature of Scotland’s rugby team took a knock that day.

2011 Away Kit

The bib strip was not the first time that it looked as though Scotland’s national team had been given some baby clothes to wear when heading out onto the rugby field.

At first, there didn’t appear to be anything wrong with the white away shirt that Scotland wore for the 2011 Rugby World Cup – the top was simple yet effective in design and matched up well with the blue and gold home kit.

That was until you looked at the shorts. The front was dominated by white but then had a blue patch on each corner, thus making it appear as though the players were running around in nappies.

1998-2000 Change Kit

Probably in a boardroom sometime in 1998, someone had the idea to ditch the white change kit that Scotland rugby players had worn for years and replace it with an orange strip.

The result was an extravagant top and socks that instantly caught the eye due to how bright they were, although the looks were of anything but admiration.

At the turn of the millennium, Scotland waved goodbye to their bright orange kit and the strip proved so unpopular that fans will find it difficult to find a good picture of it being worn anywhere across the internet. Although if you are a real connoisseur you might find one on eBay.

And we didn’t even mention purple stripes, or gold piping!


1 Response

  1. I think the first canterbury strip that followed the orange abomination was quite frankly, the best strip we’ve had to date,….after the pringle shirts. So it had a drop of purple but it was the days when the sru tartan was worked into some of the off field/murrayfield kit you could get from the shop.

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