Friday, 30 October 2009


Those attending the England vs Argentina match at Twickenham next month will witness the debut of England's new change kit.

And it's PURPLE!

Setting aside the need for England to wear a change kit against Argentina (they haven't previously, to my knowledge), the RFU would now have us believe that purple is traditional to English rugby, largely because England rugby players were issued with purple tracksuits during that period of uber-cool fashion - the eighties. Nothing at all to do with the fact that the colour might appeal to the ladies then?

The RFU this week also announced record profits of £8.6 million and the old cynic in me queries whether the two stories might somehow be related?

And to cap a week of RFU money-grabbing it has emerged that the chaps at HQ are vehemently opposed to Ofcom's plans to force Sky into sharing out some its premium sports content with other operators because it would affect revenues and prevent the RFU from being able to fund grassroots rugby (yeah, right).

Far be it for me to suggest that, if all rugby ends up on pay-TV, there is unlikely to be any grassroots rugby to support.

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