Anyway. It's the Rugby World Cup in around 40-ish days or so. This time it's in New Zealand. But the Prime Minister of New Zealand an' one of the All-Blacks most recognisable retired players; Jonah Lomu aren't happy about the colour of the England teams Away strip.
So according to them two, apparently black is owned by the NZ team an' England should ALWAYS play in white. But what about when you face another team who's away strip is white? There are rules that have to be followed. England have a test match again Wales this Satday who are playing at home, so their colour is red. England have however got their new strips sorted. Home is all-white like usual and the new away strip is all-black. It's not just a descision made for the RWC but if I remember correctly, this colour choice will also go through next year, namely the 6 Nations. Earlier this year the away strip was of the same design as the home strip, but in navy blue and grey accents down the sides.
But you see the thing is; as you will see Jonah Lomu himself here wearing a predominantly white an' black strip. If England's colour is WHITE then shouldn't we get uppity when other teams wear what is supposed to be "our colour?" No. Why? Because we're not petty like that. In previous years, our away strip has also been red and blue, the same colour as Wales an' France respectively. Did they have a go? No they didn't. 'Cause we seem to understand that you can't have two teams wearing the same colours.
Now home an' away strips don't really play much of a part int RWC for the main point that each team has a choice of strip to use as long as it's easily distinguishable from the other team. Argentina who we're playing first in the RWC have a white an' pale blue strip. So this is the first RWC match we will be playing in the black strip. Pretty much all of our matches after that will be played in white unless the black strip needs to be worn again. An' that's how it goes. So basically, the NZ Prime Minister an' Jonah Lomu are talking a load of shite an' they need to grow up. The England guys actually went to the NZRU (New Zealand Rugby Union) an' asked them is they had a problem with England having an all-black away strip. They said they had no problem with it, so what is the big fuckin' deal then? Lomu said it's "disrespectful." Seriously?!
Personally I wonder why the England lads haven't had a black strip before now. Black contrasts well with white. Both these colours also make the England emblem, the Red Rose more prominent.
The new strips! Left: Ben Foden. Right: Chris Ashton.
Can I also remind everyone that last week was the wedding of The Queens eldest grand-daughter Zara Philips an' massive England rugby chap Mike Tindall. His face is on back to front I know but so are the rest of the teams faces.
If you see Martin Johnson who is England's manager an' former coah an' player, you'll see his face is on back to front too. He was at the wedding obviously with his mad face.
His face ALWAYS looks like that. ALWAYS. IT NEVER CHANGES. You can tell when he's pissed off or well, more pissed off than what he normally looks 'cause the amount of lines increases on his forehead. They dissapear when he's well, not as pissed off. XD
Anyway. Despite the whole hoo-ha about the new Away strip. I will be buying it when it comes out in a few days. The authentic one not the cheaper replica. I like the fit of the authentic one as it is the one that the lad wear an' is a lot more form fitting. Which is good for me 'cause I got rather broad shoulders comapred to the rest of me. Thing is, the authentic ones are an' absolute BASTARD to get off 'cause they are so fitted an' have that mad bit of silicon lining the inside lower hem to stop the shirt from riding up. Me boyfriend will testify to that 'cause I stuck this years England shirt on him last time I was in San Francisco. Took us the best part of forever trying to peel the bloody thing off over his head damn thing got stuck. XD
I'll be in SF when the RWC starts this year. So am gonna be supporting me boys an' representing England in the way we do best. Wearing the jersey, screaming at the telly down the pub pint in hand, then bursting into a chorus of Swing Low Sweet Chariot after a few too many of said pints. :)
2011 England Home shirt. Can't wait for the new one! ^_^