How lame, erm, lime is the Aussie Sevens outfit?

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    Who was the colour-blind ARU official who signed off on the new HSBC Sevens World Series gear? An insipid lime green jersey, shorts, and sox. Lime?

    You could tell the new-look Australian squad wasn’t at all impressed with the new-look strip.

    They were rightfully embarrassed.

    And no doubt the vast majority of Australian television viewers were embarrassed as well watching the inaugural Sevens at Skilled Stadium on the Gold Coast yesterday.

    Lime has nothing whatsoever to do with Australia’s national colours, or heritage. It’s green and gold; pure and simple.

    There are any number of accurate alternatives:

    * Thick green and gold hoops.
    * Thin green and gold hoops or stripes.
    * Vertical green and gold stripes.
    * Or green and gold squares; even polka dots.

    Anything but insipid lime green from neck to ankle.

    “I love it, I think it’s fantastic,” was ARU boss John O’Neill’s reaction. “We wanted to differentiate between the Wallaby and Sevens jerseys, and we’ve achieved that”.

    Ace it up John, you’re better than that. Whoever made the decision has left the Australians as the laughing stock of the tournament, on home turf.

    The alternate strip is far more acceptable, with a predominately dark green jersey and shorts, with small inserts of lime green, but still lime green sox.

    There’s only one decision to make: an “unfortunate” fire in the gear box housing the lime green is mandatory, forcing the squad to only wear the alternate strip.

    Despite the insipid look, the young Australians beat Japan 33-0, and the USA 22-7 in the lime, but lost 21-7 to South Africa in the dark green.

    Maybe the lime green put off the Japan and USA players. We’ll never know.

    Whatever the reason, the young Australians, with eight of the 12 on debut and averaging just 19, made it through to the quarters – a phenomenal effort and a credit to long-time coach Michael O’Connor, a dual international and a legendary Sevens player in his day.

    The quarter-final draw today:

    * New Zealand v England.
    * Samoa v Australia.
    * Wales v Fiji.
    * And South Africa v France.

    Sevens, like Twenty20 cricket for the purists, isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But it has taken on a more elite status as a new Olympic sport starting in Buenos Aires in 2020. Sevens is already a Commonwealth Games sport, creating a new meaning to the old saying “Play rugby, and see the world”.

    It’s now “Play Sevens, and see the world faster”.

    This Gold Coast tournament, billed as “Fever Pitch” which is a bit over the top, is just the start of the current worldwide series.

    * Next weekend it’s in Dubai.
    * The following weekend in Port Elizabeth.
    * Then Wellington February 3-4, already sold out in just five minutes.
    * Las Vegas – February 10-12.
    * Hong Kong – March 23-25.
    * Tokyo – March 31-April 1.
    * Twickenham – May 5-6.
    * Ending up at Murrayfield – May 12-13.

    The flying schedule is arguably the most taxing of all sports, with no alternatives.

    But there are any number of alternative strips for the Australian Sevens squad. Please, no more lime green.

    Leave that to the paddle pop manufacturers.

    David Lord
    David Lord

    David Lord was deeply involved in two of the biggest sporting stories - World Series Cricket in 1977 and professional rugby in 1983. After managing Jeff Thomson and Viv Richards during WSC, in 1983 David signed 208 of the best rugby players from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and France to play an international pro circuit. The concept didn’t get off the ground, but it did force the IRB to get cracking and bring in the World Rugby Cup, now one of the world’s great sporting spectacles

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    • November 26th 2011 @ 7:46am
      mickh said | November 26th 2011 @ 7:46am | ! Report

      I guess if you put green and gold in a blender you get line don’t you?
      I reckon that was their thinking behind the new strip.
      It’s only sevens, but I agree that I would be suitably embarrassed to be honoured to represent my country and be forced to wear that outfit.

    • November 26th 2011 @ 8:06am
      mace 22 said | November 26th 2011 @ 8:06am | ! Report

      No mickh you’d get shee ite brown which would be better than that green I THINK. Australia’s colours are gold and green, all australians should be up in arms about this. If a new zealand representative rugby team decided to wear another colour such as pale blue for instance you would never hear the end of it. But being a kiwi I should keep my nose out of it. As it’s your ( australia’s ) problem.

    • November 26th 2011 @ 8:25am
      BigAl said | November 26th 2011 @ 8:25am | ! Report

      You do know that up until circa 1980 Australia’s ‘official’ sporting strip was gold and blue ?

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        November 26th 2011 @ 8:42am
        David Lord said | November 26th 2011 @ 8:42am | ! Report

        True BigAl, but never ever lime green. It’s mind-blowing trying to work out anyone’s logic to make such an outrageous decision.Even more mind-blowing that it had to be more than one, at least.

    • November 26th 2011 @ 8:27am
      MJ's love child. said | November 26th 2011 @ 8:27am | ! Report

      I would like to say that bastardising tradition is just a money raising exercise such as the black England jersey in the RWC or that disgusting orange thing we wore in the sevens, but it’s sevens and they don’t exactly fly off the shelves, do they?

    • November 26th 2011 @ 8:49am
      Seru said | November 26th 2011 @ 8:49am | ! Report

      I loved it

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    • November 26th 2011 @ 9:58am
      Angus said | November 26th 2011 @ 9:58am | ! Report

      The only thing more embarrassing than the lime jumpers was the turnout, or lack of.

      • November 26th 2011 @ 11:34am
        anopinion said | November 26th 2011 @ 11:34am | ! Report

        What was the turn out?

        • November 26th 2011 @ 12:33pm
          Whites said | November 26th 2011 @ 12:33pm | ! Report

          Think Gold Coast United not Titans or Suns.

          • November 26th 2011 @ 10:03pm
            p.Tah said | November 26th 2011 @ 10:03pm | ! Report

            Much better crowd this evening, goood atmosphere and some fantastic games. Well done Fiji!

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