With each new season invariably comes a new playing kit. Depending on what ideas the kit designers have come up with, this can generate as much debate as a particularly good (or bad) team performance!
This year, Cardiff Blues have decided to go for the classic hooped shirts look and I have to say I really like the new kit. The navy and blue hoops retro-feel reminds me of some of the classic Cardiff RFC kits of the 70s and 80s and I think they look really stylish.
It’s also been good to see how well our kit launch was received, with numerous blogs tipping it as the best launch they’ve seen in years.
Our marketing team deceided to go the ‘flash-mob’ route, and in the centre of Cardiff last week dancers of varying shapes, sizes and skills stripped off to reveal the new kit.
Now the more observant of you may spot a familiar face joining the dancers midway through the number for the big kit reveal.
Last seen as the star of our Harlem Shake video, Robin Copeland ditched the bear suit and following some dance rehearsals, was the star of the kit launch, too!
Robin’s a pretty mean mover on the dance floor, and if there’s anything involving any acting, dancing or general showing-off, he’s usually in the centre of it!
He probably bit their hands off when he was asked if he’d like to be involved! He’s a very funny guy. Unfortunately, I had a previous commitment at a friend’s wedding, so had to miss the opportunity to show off my own moves. A shame for all concerned!
The other exciting developments at the Blues – aside from the return of Gethin Jenkins and the signing of Mathew Rees, of course - is that we’ve got a brand new playing surface for the new season.
Like the pitch up at Saracens which we played on last season, it’s an artificial surface.
Last year the terrible weather turned a few of our games into mudbaths and the board decided enough was enough and approved the development.
I’m really looking forward to playing on it as it obviously doesn’t cut up as much as a normal grass pitch and is playable in all sorts of conditions.
Plus a fast surface really suits my game.
Pre-season has gone well and I’ve really enjoyed it – well, as much as you can ever enjoy pre-season. We’ve got a couple of pre-season friendlies – up at Worcester on the 17 August and then the grand unveiling of the new pitch at the Arms Park on the 23rd August. I can’t wait to get started!
Visit the Cardiff Blues website for ticket information and links to buy the new 2013/14 kit.