We’re just a few days out from the start of the 2017/2018 Premiership season and it looks set to be an exciting nine months ahead with all clubs confident they can lay down a marker amongst their rivals.
Confidence was high among players and coaches at last week’s Premiership launch at a sun-soaked Twickenham in London. It was clear from interviewing representatives from each club that they all believe they can achieve something special this season.
What was also evident from last Wednesday’s launch was the new kits being worn by all the players attending the event, which got us thinking, which club has the nicest jersey ahead of the new season?
Below we rank the kits from worst to best – let us know what you think of our choices and vote for your favourite at the bottom of the article.
12. Northampton Saints
Sorry Saints fans but it’s hard to get away from the poor effort which Macron have offered for this season. The horizontal stripe patterns shaped into a circle on the front of the shirt is all sorts of wrong and the ‘ToolStation’ sponsor is harsh on the eyes and doesn’t fit well with the overall design at all.
11. Worcester Warriors
Unfortunately for Worcester, they are near the bottom of our list. The yellow triangular design around the collar and the thin stripe near the shoulders are unnecessary. The sponsor’s logo, like Northampton before them, doesn’t blend into the jersey at all and we can’t find any positives with the weird rubbery patterns around the midriff.
We know the chequered pattern is a Quins tradition but it just doesn’t work here. The giant yellow DHL sticker slapped onto the front is a shame too.
9. Leicester Tigers
This seems harsh, but the standard from here on in is quite high so it’s really difficult to differentiate between the rest. We’re not huge fans of the v-neck / traditional collar hybrid and although the colours are nice, we feel that there is just too much going on here.
8. Sale Sharks
We like the idea, but the execution just isn’t there. The sponsor fits nice on the jersey and we appreciate they tried to do something different with the pattern along the sides. The pattern is ok on the shoulder but it’s just too obtrusive on the front of the shirt. Close but not cigar.
7. London Irish
This is a nice, simple design but the stripe pattern on the shoulders is a bit much. Thankfully, the sponsor doesn’t protrude like the Saints and the Warriors but we wouldn’t be going out to buy this in any hurry.
Black and red are colours which are easy to work with when it comes to rugby shirts and BLK do a decent job here. The red stripes are an interesting addition but it probably would have been better if they were all the same tone, rather than bright red at the top and fading slightly lower down the shirt. Decent effort.
5. Exeter Chiefs
A very nice shirt and an all black kit is very easy to work with. It’s only failing is the many sponsors which litter the top of the jersey. A good effort from the champions.
A lovely, lovely shirt. The Land Rover logo fits very well too, if you disagree, take a look at the Cardiff Blues’ jersey in the PRO14 for a logo which doesn’t fit.
In our heads, Wasps means black and yellow but there is very little yellow to be found on this kit. Probably our only grievance with it.
Excellent colour pattern and they nailed a number of horizontal stripes on the shirt. The gold Canterbury crest is a lovely touch as is the inside of the collar. The only slight on it is that the sponsor is bit massive but that’s us looking for something to give out about.
2. Newcastle Falcons
Simple but incredibly effective. ISC make their foray into the Premiership when they usually produce NRL and AFL kits, thankfully this hasn’t led to the ridiculous number of sponsors you see on NRL shirts. The lack of sponsor is always something we can get behind from an aesthetic point of view and this shirt makes the most of it.
Many are predicting Gloucester to struggle this season but at least they will do so looking good because their shirt for 2017/2018 is glorious. The red and white stripes are simple but they work so well. You would barely notice the sponsor on the front of the shirt and ultimately, the shirt is just very easy on the eye. A great effort from XBlades.
So there you have it, don’t agree with our choices? Then vote for your favourite shirt below.