England Sevens star Chris Cracknell and Women’s Sevens captain Michaela Staniford took to the Twickenham Stadium roof to unveil the new England kit which will feature at the Marriott London Sevens.
The pair went as high as possible at the Home of England Rugby, where more than 100, 000 fans are expected across the tournament weekend on May 12-13 when London hosts the finale and the HSBC Sevens World Series trophy is lifted.
The white home kit and purple away kit – which England will also wear at in Glasgow on May 5-6 – features yellow stripes down the arms and chest, fitting for the tournament’s 1970s disco theme.
The previous orange design, which was referred to as the ‘tequila sunrise’ has set a precedent for sevens shirts with a difference and was worn during victories by the men in Dubai in 2010 and 2011 and more recently by the women’s team which lifted the IRB Women’s Challenge Cup Sevens trophy in Hong Kong in March.
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Cracknell said: "The London Sevens is the event that the boys really look forward to as the atmosphere and home support is always amazing. The new kit is equally as crazy as the last design and I’m sure will be just as popular with the fans. I’m looking forward to seeing it around the stadium when we run out in a few weeks."
Staniford added: "Having played in Dubai and Hong Kong, we’re looking forward to competing against the world’s best players on home soil and we’ll certainly stand out in this kit featuring a touch of 70s flair. A ticket for the men’s tournament also provides access to the early rounds for the women at Twickenham’s Cardinal Vaughan before the semis and final take place on the Sunday on the Twickenham pitch so please come and see us play."
The Saturday of competition at last year’s event broke the HSBC Sevens World Series record for the highest attendance on a single day and with more than 60,000 tickets already sold, the 2012 event is on course to be even bigger.
You can buy tickets for the Marriott London Sevens via RFU.com, with weekend tickets from £30, with single day tickets from £18 and kids tickets from £5 each day.