Scotland players Kelly Brown and Matt Scott were on cloud nine today as they helped to launch the new Scotland alternate playing kit.
The kit, designed by Scotland kit supplier Macron, will be available to buy tomorrow from retailers (Tuesday 3 September) and will be worn for the first time in action in the Autumn Test against South Africa at Murrayfield on 17 November.
That match will mark Scottish Rugby’s long association with the services as it was also announced today that the clash against the Springboks will be the Armed Forces international, buidling on the similar fixture last year.
Kelly and Matt visited RAF Leuchars to unveil the new kit in dramatic circumstances.
Kelly was in the cockpit of a Typhoon aircraft and then joined by Matt in RAF flying suits the duo strode across the apron, stepped out of the suits and revealed the new kit.
“It’s smart. I like it,” said Kelly. “I was really taken by the new Scotland jersey that was unveiled last month – very classy. Now this shirt has some of the saltire in it and a bit purple too, which makes me think of heather.”
Both Kelly and Matt are currently recovering from injuries but hope to be wearing the jersey in action against South Africa in November.
Matt scored a cracking try for Scotland against South Africa on tour in June and is eager to go better with the result in two months' time.
Dominic McKay, Scottish Rugby’s Director of Commercial Operations, Communications and Public Affairs, said : “We’re delighted to unveil the new alternate kit and to announce that our match against South Africa will be the Armed Forces international.
“We’ve always had a proud link to our Armed Forces – for example flypasts from the squadron at RAF Leuchars – so it was fitting that we did the launch of the new kit at RAF Leuchars today.
"The launch of the Scotland kit last month has proved really popular with supporters and sales have been fantastic. We look forward to the alternate jersey going on sale tomorrow."
Ross Cook, UK & Ireland Sports Marketing Manager for Macron, said: “After the extremely positive reaction to the Scotland jersey under the banner ‘a classic reborn’, Macron are very pleased to unveil ‘a classic alternative’.
“As a Scotsman I feel great pride for my country and the challenge is how to incorporate all the history and passion of the nation into one jersey.
“We have been honoured to work closely with Scottish Rugby to create a design that we hope both players and fans alike can pull on with pride.”
Tickets for Scotland v South Africa are available from £20 for adults and from £10 for under-18s and tickets are also available for Scotland’s two other November Tests against Japan (9 November) and Australia (23 November). You can buy your tickets at www.scottishrugby.org or by calling the ticket hotline on 0844 335 3933.