Edinburgh Rugby launch special edition jersey to mark anniversary

Edinburgh Rugby have unveiled a special edition match jersey to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the representative district and, ultimately, club team.

Designed and manufactured by Macron, the kit is launched on the exact anniversary of the first-ever meeting between Edinburgh and Glasgow District representative sides, with that fixture – the first edition of world rugby’s oldest intercity derby – taking place at Burbank, Glasgow, on 23 November 1872.

Edinburgh’s players will wear the commemorative jersey in both home and away festive derbies against Glasgow Warriors, with the deciding leg taking place before a bumper crowd at BT Murrayfield on Friday 30 December (kick-off 7.35pm). Edinburgh managing director Douglas Struth welcomed the launch of the special edition kit.

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He said: “Today’s kit launch is a brilliant way to commemorate 150 years of rugby in the Scottish capital and the classic design is a fantastic nod to the history of both the club and the intercity derbies.

Ben Vellacott modelling Edinburgh Rugby's 150th anniversary special edition jersey for the 1872 Cup.

“As we unveil the jersey, it only adds to the excitement and build up to next month’s 1872 Cup fixtures, with the deciding leg at BT Murrayfield set to be a special and historic occasion for all connected to Edinburgh Rugby.”

The classically-inspired jersey has a hoop design, featuring burnt orange and white borders, separating the melange navy blue textured base. ‘150 years’ is embroidered underneath the Edinburgh Rugby club badge, while the returning classic collar pays tribute to Edinburgh District’s traditional match jerseys.Ssupporters will be able to see the shirt in use for the first time in both 1872 Cup derbies, the first of which takes place at Scotstoun on Friday 23 December (kick-off 7.35pm).