Gloucester Ruby, which is more popularly known as the “cherry and whites” because of the striped red and white Gloucester Rugby shirts that the team originally wore, is one of the most popular professional Rugby Union teams in England. This club, the pride of Gloucester (a city west of England), competes in the national Guinness Premiership, European Rugby Cup, and Anglo-Welsh EDF Energy Cup. The home stadium is situated in Kingsholm, which is near the center of Gloucester city. The Bristol team and the Bath team are the strongest rivals of Gloucester Rugby team, which was founded in 1873.
Although the team is lovingly known as the “cherry and whites”, it is not actually its official nickname. Navy blue was the original color of the Gloucester Rugby shirts when the team started out. The team that carried the cherry and white uniform originally was Painswick RFC. According to urban myth, the Gloucester team was only forced to wear the red and white colors when they forgot to bring their Navy blue shirts en route to an important competition. Since there were no airplanes or fast modes of transportation at that time, the team just stopped by at the nearest rugby club (which happens to be Painswick in Gloucesterhire) and borrowed some kits. Fortunately, Painswick had 15 available jerseys in cherry pink and white. The Gloucester team was overwhelmed by their victory at that particular competition so they failed to return the kits that they borrowed from Painswick, which incidentally is one of the oldest rugby union clubs. Since that day, the Gloucester Rugby Union club started to wear the cherry and white hooped jersey uniforms.
In the 2005 season, fans were surprised to find that the official Gloucester Rugby shirts no longer carry the coat of arms of the city of Gloucester as the team’s crest. This move, although supported by many fans, is part of the efforts of Tom Walkinshaw, the club’s chairman, to modernize the club.
At present, the official uniform of Gloucester no longer features the red and white hoops. Instead, it is now basically a red st louis cardinals zip up pittsburgh pirates hawaiian shirt with blue and white strips on the side and white sleeves. Even the shorts and socks, which were traditionally in navy blue color, are now all red. For parents who are not really Rugby-aficionados, it is important that you take note of the changes when you buy your kids Gloucester Rugby shirts online.
write by Gladys