The official 2021/22 Scottish Rugby Travel, Training and Leisure Collection from Macron was released in-store and online in early September.
As tradition dictates, the new 21/22 Scotland Home Shirt is navy blue, and this year it also features light blue and purple detailing, colours that reference the Scottish Saltire and the thistle, Scotland's national flower.
Founded in 1873, the Scottish Rugby Union is the second oldest rugby union in the world. Scotland played in the first-ever international match at Raeburn Place in Edinburgh, a game in which they beat England 1-0 on the 27th March 1871.
Scotland traditionally has played in all navy blue shirt, white shorts and navy socks since their inception on Monday 27 March 1871. The combination went largely unchanged until Cotton Oxford took over the SRU kit contract in 1998. They introduced purple to the home strip and controversially a bright orange to the away strip which had previously always been white.
Manufacturers Umbro, Pringle, Cotton Oxford, Canterbury and Macron have all had stints manufacturing the shirt. Macron, an Italian sportswear manufacturer, has held the current license since 2013 with the current contract running through to 2026. Telecommunications giant BT is the current Scotland rugby shirt and leisurewear sponsor.
Now based at BT Murrayfield in Edinburgh, the Scottish national side annually competes in the Six Nations, a competition which they have won 15 times throughout its various incarnations. The most recent of these was back in 1999, the last ever Five Nations Championship.
Along with the Six Nations itself, Scotland also plays for 4 other trophies during the Six Nations; the Triple Crown (awarded to Scotland, England, Ireland or Wales if they beat all other Home Nations); Calcutta Cup (vs England); Centenary Quaich (vs Ireland); and the Auld Alliance Trophy (vs France).
Autumn Internationals 2021
Scotland see crowds returning to at BT Murrayfield this Autumn with sell-outs expected for the November Test matches. 2020's fixtures were all scrapped due to the limitations on international travel and replaced with the Autumn Nations Cup.
Gregor Townsend's men will face several tough tests against four Southern Hemisphere teams. South Africa will come off the back of a British & Irish Lions tour and Japan will remember their last match against Scotland fondly from the Rugby World Cup in 2019.
Scotland v Tonga, Saturday 30th October, 2:30pm
Scotland v Australia, Sunday 7th November, 2:15pm
Scotland v South Africa, Saturday 13th November, 1:00pm
Scotland v Japan, Saturday 20th November, 1:00pm
Guinness 2022 6 Nations Fixtures
Scotland made great strides in their Six Nations performances in 2021, picking up away wins against England and France for the first time in many years. Despite earning three wins and only being defeated by a total of 6 points against Ireland and Wales, Scotland still only managed a 4th place finish in the Guinness Six Nations table. More will be expected and hoped for in 2022.
Scotland v England, BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh, Saturday 5th February, 4:45pm
Wales v Scotland, Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Saturday 12th February, 2:15pm
Scotland v France, BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh, Saturday 26th February , 2:15pm
Italy v Scotland, Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Saturday 12th March, 2:15pm
Ireland v Scotland, Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Saturday 19th March, 4:45pm
Scotland has taken part in every edition of the Rugby World Cup since it's creation in 1987, with a best-placed finish of fourth back in 1991. In the 2019 Rugby World Cup, the Scots lined up in Pool A, alongside Ireland, Japan, Russia and Samoa. A disappointing loss against Ireland kicked off their campaign and a final-round loss to the magnificent hosts, Japan, saw Scotland exit at the pool stage for only the second time in their history at the tournament.
However, finishing in third place gains Scotland automatic qualification for the 2023 Rugby World Cup which will be taking place in France. The draw took place in December 2020 and Scotland have been drawn in a Pool B alongside current holders South Africa, Ireland, Asia/Pacific 1 and Europe 1. Even making the Quarter-Finals will be a difficult ask in this tough pool!
At First XV and Rugbystuff.com, we pride ourselves on stocking one of the widest collections of official Scotland Rugby merchandise. From Macron we have Replica Rugby Shirts, Player's Bodyfit shirts as well as classic cotton rugby shirts, so something for every supporter. The extensive range also includes Jackets, Hoodies, T-Shirts, Polo-Shirts, Shorts, Track pants, Bags, Caps and Beanie hats.
From Gilbert, you will find the official range of rugby balls - minis, midis, Size 5's and keyrings. In 2019 we had the arrival of the new Scottish Rugby tartan balls, which are proving very eye-catching and popular.
From Bawbags we stock the official range of Scotland Rugby underwear, boxers for men and briefs for women. Designs featuring the thistle and tartan add a bit of fun under any kilt! All while raising funds for Cancer charities.
Another arrival for 2019 was the Scottish Rugby Taxi Board Game, the perfect mental test for any fan of the game in Scotland. It's officially licensed and makes a superb gift at birthdays and Christmas.
Add the personal touch to any rugby shirt you are gifting with our in house service of custom rugby shirt personalisation. You can get the name or number of your favourite Scottish rugby player on the back of your Scotland rugby shirt, coming in at just £3 for initials, £6 for and name or number, or £10 for both.