There are a wide variety of womens styles available in Irish jerseys and training wear both in retail stores and online., On showing the online IRFU customer service team a photo of the AON jersey, youll be redirected to the womens fit of the mens. Kit was the straw that broke the camel's back for the Irish women's soccer team in 2017, who threatened to strike after revealing the poor treatment they'd received at the hands of the FAI including sharing their kit with the underage teams, changing in bathrooms, and ill-fitting gear. Check out our range of Irish Rugby clothing and accessories, perfect for cheering on the new Triple Crown Champions! The team are currently top of Group I and hoping to qualify for their first major tournament, Euro 2021. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho. This is something that Canterbury review and audit on an ongoing basis annually in line with their planned retail collection. In the context of sports progress it is, perhaps, not the most fundamental issue, but it is indicative of what is required of female athletes: they have to not only be elite athletes but must represent so as to deserve jerseys.
For AON, their investment is seen on a total of 15 jerseys, which are worn in the limited number of matches the women have, feature on the individual team member's social media pages and are occasionally gifted by players. ", Stephen McNamara, the IRFU Director of Communications, in response to a request for a comment said: The IRFU license the production of replica playing and training kit to Canterbury of New Zealand who, based on retailer demand, alongside trends in the sector and in the market place, select what jersey and training offerings to make available to the public. Free Standard UK delivery available on orders over 75. Need it in a hurry? Like the ads, the team of us evidently applies to female fans of the mens game, apparently not extending to include the international womens team or their supporters. As a New York Times article said about women's soccer jerseys prior to the 2019 World Cup: "Clothes are also the easiest way for fans to assert their own allegiance, aspiration and personal connection.". Last year, the latest soccer jerseys were unveiled in a photoshoot with the captains on both teams in the same jersey, sponsored by 3 Ireland. Despite the disappointing score and the English victory, there was a palpable sense of momentum, knowing that there were more eyes on them than ever before. Similarly to Vodafone, the IRFU supports female fans of rugby, as long as they are investing in the already-lucrative mens game. This is not solely a rugby problem, but other sporting bodies seem quicker to react, more likely to change. However, for fans of the Irish womens rugby team, this simply isnt an option. Vodafones TV ad aired during the mens Six Nations proclaimed that they were a #TeamofUs, depicting a range of people asking are you in? This included women as fans of the mens game. Click here to find out more about our UK, Europe and worldwide shipping charges. At present the Womens National team jersey is not in retail. Leinster, the three-time Interpro champions, women's team's jersey is available online, retailing at the same price as the men's (40 at the time of writing) as is Munster's, where a unisex jersey is available online (40). The Irish women's rugby jersey, sponsored by AON, a global professional services firm, doesn't hang in shops, or feature in life-size window fronts, or even appear on the IRFU website, whose customer service team "apologise for any disappointment this may cause". It is not correlative, but investing in jerseys and the accessibility of them means investing in your teams. For Connacht (37.50) and Ulster jerseys (45) you are once again passed on to the women's fit of the men's. Although the Irish crowd rooted for the team, feeling like an extension of the squad, not one of those attending was in possession of the same jersey as the players, unable to buy it anywhere. Irish rugbys womens teams have given back to their loyal fan base, winning the Grand Slam in 2013, hosting the Womens World Cup in 2017, and returning with a vengeance to the 2020 Womens Six Nations, but there has to date been no capitalising on the momentum, victory and media of these events. (The IRFU website does provide: a mens alt pro jersey, a mens long-sleeved jersey, a mens short-sleeved classic jersey, a mens alt long-sleeved jersey, a mens drill tee in two colours, a mens cotton pique polo shirt in two colours, a mens cotton jersey stripe polo shirt, and a mens dry singlet.). Come on Ireland! Our shipping charges give you great rates no matter where you are in the world. In this context, us applies solely to the mens game, unintentionally rendering the womens team as alternative. Undoubtedly, the teams popularity has grown since then, alongside the growth of the womens game, the 20x20 movement and well-known individuals like Sene Naoupu, Fiona Coughlan and Eimear Considine. Until the players look out to the stands at Donnybrook, Murrayfield or Twickenham and see Aon jerseys, until potential sponsors can see it as a worthy investment, and until fans can buy a jersey without it becoming a question of the worthiness of womens sport, the Irish womens rugby team will remain a Team of Them and the men the Team of Us. The most common way for fans to show allegiance and feel personally connected to a team is to wear the same jersey as the players. It actually cannot be bought, and as reported in The Telegraph earlier this year, the IRFU supplied the women's internationals with "just two jerseys for the duration of the tournament while the men receive two per match. The AON-sponsored Ireland womens jersey is unavailable to buy for fans. Not having the option to buy jerseys means you cant gauge market demand, cant enable fans to imagine they could be one of them some day, cant feel part of something bigger than yourself, and ultimately cant actually invest in a teams growth. In February 2019, a record 4,637 people attended the Ireland England Womens Six Nations game in Donnybrook. Jersey sales can provide vital revenue streams to the game and it is hoped that the significant increase in interest in our womens team will grow to the point where demand for this variation of the product increases. Across the 32 counties, online shopping can prove fruitful for half of the counties, including the likes of Dublin, Galway and Kerry when searching for LGFA and/or camogie jerseys. 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We've got next day services to get you the kit you need, when you need it. For a traditional fit and style, check out our popular RS Classics range of Irish rugby shirts, hoodies, polo shirts and more. Sign up to our newsletter and be the first to find out about: Thank you for signing up to our newsletter. Not one of us, but them. Kit was the straw that broke the camel's back for the Irish women's soccer team in 2017.