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Saracens fan Louise Warr runs the rule over the Men in Black's 'odd' choice of away kit this season
Round 4 of the 2013/2014 Aviva Premiership season has been completed. Saracens have racked up four wins from four and there isn’t much to complain about - the wolfpack couldn’t have really dreamed of a better start.
One thing however that I just can’t seem to get my head around is Sarries’ new choice in away shirt.
There are many new away shirts doing the rounds this season and Saracens is by no means the worst.
Northampton Saints’ offering can only be described as safety jacket yellow and has ensured that sunglasses have to be worn all year round, while Gloucester’s shirt is a step away from their more traditional roots with the use of pink.
Sarries have also gone for a new colour combination, blue and grey, a choice I thought was a bit odd when I first saw the shirt.
However, Saracens are a club known for their attention to detail, and it would seem this includes the colour of the shirt on their backs as in fact this years away strip would be wolf grey and the same colour blue as used by sponsors Allianz.
I wouldn’t say that I was a traditionalist when it came to rugby.
I am a huge fan of the way Saracens as well as other clubs take games to bigger venues to try and expand its fan base as well as the many marketing campaigns that take place.
However, Sarries are a club that has spent years trying to build an identity for themselves and the new shirt just doesn’t fit in with this for me.
When I see a blue shirt, I think of Sale or Bath not Saracens.
I for one loved the use of red in the shirts. It makes them eye catching and easily recognisable, take the all red away shirts from a few seasons ago as an example.
You saw them and instantly knew which club they belonged to, they looked great when caught on camera on television and also managed to provide a sense of fun; the red army trip up the M1 to take on fierce rivals Northampton brings back good memories.
At the end of the day, it is only a shirt and it is only personal opinion.
In years gone by we would be happy for Saracens to dress up in the most ridiculous of kits if it meant they won and kept themselves out of relegation dog fights.
It is a sign of the times that we can debate over these things instead of nervously checking the bottom of the table.
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