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Poms dare to go black – England are set to wear an all-black away strip at the World Cup, the same colour as host nation New Zealand’s traditional kit.
England’s World Cup kit is being designed by Nike and will be officially launched on 1 August. Word is that the away kit will emulate the All Blacks look (which started in 1884), with the only other colour being the red of the rose symbol. It’s believed that the black strip will increase the amount of sales.
England are set to play in their away kit in a warm-up Test in August while they are likely to use it in a few group games in the World Cup. They will, however, be forced to revert to their traditional white and red jumpers should they face the All Blacks at any stage of the competition.
Kiwi commentator Keith Quinn said England are ‘crazy’ to wear black at the World Cup.
‘Of all the colours in the rainbow, why would they choose the colour of the host nation?’ said Quinn. ‘They are thumbing their noses at a New Zealand tradition. It’s bizarre. It’s crazy.’
Fiji sanction saga continues – Fiji have included an army officer in their squad ahead of next Friday’s Test against the All Blacks despite the sanctions that currently prohibit Fijian military from entering New Zealand.
Leone Nakarawa, a 23-year-old soldier, has been selected in Fiji’s 35-man squad ahead of the Test against the All Blacks, and is expected to be included in the final World Cup squad. Fiji team manager Talemo Waqa said they were aware of the travel sanctions but were working with the NZRU and IRB to have Nakarawa play in New Zealand.
‘At the moment, we don’t really want to think of any contingency plan whilst that is in the mindset,’ Waqa said. ‘We believe, we have the best chance to show that we want the best players and we want to go in that mindset.’
Foreign Minister Murray McCully said there would be no exemption for Nakarawa.
‘We’ve been very clear that those to whom the individual sanctions apply will not be given exemptions on this occasion,’ McCully said. ‘I was advised that the Fijian management had assured us that all of those whose names were being submitted would comply with our requirements, and I’ve had no advice to the contrary yet.’