Earlier this week, #TartanTakeover was trending on Twitter. Why, you ask? Well on July 4th 2015, the Scotland Rugby World Cup jerseys were released to the public, and the general consensus is a popular one, after the Scottish Rugby Union delivered the fans with online pictures of the players wearing the new kit.
The strip, designed by Macron, pays homage to Scotland’s roots, with a classic dark blue jersey matched alongside white shorts and navy socks, which Scotland have fashioned down the years.
A modern twist has been added to the strip this year, with a tartan trim flowing down the sides of the jersey, as well as around the collar. We decided to delve a little further into the origin of the tartan, and the purpose of its introduction…
Tartan has been associated with Scotland since before Victorian times, when it belonged to districts and regions across the country. It wasn’t until the 19th century, however, before tartans were used for clans, and ever since, new tartans have been created for multiple families, areas and corporations, including the Scottish Rugby Union, who designed their own in 1990, following the famous Five Nations Grand Slam.
So 2015 marks its 25th anniversary, giving it all the more reason to be added to the kit. The strip will first be worn in Scotland’s opening World Cup match against Japan on Wednesday the 23rd of September, at the Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester.
Alongside the home and alternate kits, Scotland have released their training and leisurewear collections.
A singlet, polo shirt and cotton tee are all included, as is a blue camo coloured training jersey, a design not seen on many shirts, although it is similar to the very popular home jersey of South African Super Rugby side, the Bulls.
The microfleece is also back, this time in a 2 colourways – navy and red. Scotland are optimistic going into the World Cup later this year, and if there was a trophy for best kit, they’d be right up there!
First XV will be open from 9am to 5.30pm on launch day, July 4th 2015.
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