London Irish and XBlades have revealed the club’s brand new away kit for the 2017/18 season, which will be worn for the first time during tonight’s Premiership Rugby A League clash against Gloucester United at Hazelwood (kick-off 7.30pm) and will make its first Aviva Premiership outing away against Exeter Chiefs this Saturday.

Exiles’ full-back Tommy Bell, who bagged 24 points in Saturday’s Aviva Premiership victory over Harlequins at Twickenham, was the first to be pictured in the new away kit following its official unveiling at Hazelwood.

“There is always excitement among the supporters when a new kit is launched,” said London Irish goal-kicking specialist Bell.

“London Irish’s fans are fantastic and their commitment and away support is incredible.

“The players are looking forward to wearing the new kit with pride this season and hearing our travelling supporters cheering us on around the country.”

To help improve performance on the pitch, XBlades have used an XPF ClimaxPlus lightweight performance fabric with moisture managing properties for the shirt. Sky blue in colour, the shirt incorporates an embroidered club crest that has been worn proudly by Exile legends down the years. 

XBlades chief executive Lee Jenkinson said: “We are thrilled with the look of the London Irish away shirt for their first season back in the Aviva Premiership.

“We worked closely with London Irish to bring additional colours into the club’s range for this season and we are all delighted with the final look of the kit. Although the colour is not necessarily associated with London Irish historically, we are hoping that it will become a firm favourite with the fans.”

The new shirt is available to pre-order online from now. Shirts will be despatched from Friday 8 September onwards.

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