England to play in black against Wales
Sports fans with rugby internationals tickets will get to see England playing in a black kit against Wales this summer.
The Rugby Football Union (RFU) confirmed that the national team would wear a new strip in a World Cup warm-up match against Wales on August 6th and also in a group game against Argentina in New Zealand on September 10th.
A traditional white kit will be worn by the players in England's other World Cup group matches and meetings with Wales and Ireland on August 13th and 27th respectively.
Shirts in both colours will be available for fans to purchase, with revenues from sales being invested back into the grassroots game.
Black is closely associated with New Zealand's international team, so much so that the RFU consulted with the country's rugby authority before deciding to use the new strip.
A spokesman said: "Like all countries, England are obliged by the Rugby World Cup participation agreement to have a change strip.
"We have worked with Nike on producing a shirt that complies with Rugby World Cup and International Rugby Board regulations and, fully aware of the significance of a black shirt to New Zealand's players and population as a whole, we have fully consulted with the New Zealand Rugby Union who confirmed they had no issues."
Fans will also be able to see rugby internationals between Scotland and Ireland (August 6th) and Wales and Argentina (August 20th) in the UK before the World Cup gets underway in September.
Posted by Samuel Ball