New Gloucester Rugby replica shirts stuck in customs
FANS cheering on the Cherry and Whites this afternoon are still waiting for their new replica jerseys.
It is believed the tops are on their way – but some are stuck in customs.
While stocks of the new change strip of pink and blue are ready to go, some of the new cherry and white isn't available yet.
"We think it's stuck in customs," said Gaz Davis, who works at Hudson & Co Sports Outfitters in Northgate Street, Gloucester.
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"We got called yesterday because they are late.
"We have the away shirts. It's an unfortunate delay – not the greatest start to the season as we have a lot already ordered."
The club shop at the stadium is managed by Hudson and Co, which has taken delivery of home and away replica shirts this week.
"Staff have been contacting those customers who pre-ordered both shirts to arrange collection," said a club spokesman.
"Replica away shirts will go on general sale from Saturday morning in both the club shop at Kingsholm and at Hudson and Co Sports in the city centre.
"Replica home shirts will go on general sale in both outlets from next week."
The shirts, priced at £50, are made by rugby clothing firm Kooga, from a new fabric called Evaporex II, a polyester thermal mix "designed to wick away perspiration creating the ideal body climate".
Gloucester Rugby usually changes the team strip every other season, and with a new sponsor on board, has done so for the start of the 2013/14 campaign.
Many fans wear shirts from seasons past at Kingsholm and when they are on the road for away fixtures but like to keep up with the latest design, too.
"I wasn't actually going to buy a new one yet and it's a good job I didn't," said fan John Lawless.
"The new shirt looks pretty good – better than a few designs we've had in the past.
"I hope the club can get them soon because I know they're going to be really popular."
It's not the first time there have been problems with the arrival of a new strip.
In 2007 the club called police after two boxes of unreleased shirts went missing.
Two boxes of the XL size shirts disappeared between manufacturers Rugbytech in China, and deliveries in Ireland, London and Gloucester.
Kooga did not return The Citizen's calls yesterday about the current supply problem.