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Scotland/Alba - Scottish Rugby Union urged to sport 'ALBA' strip
CelticNews | June 4, 2008 at 12:46 pmby
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The Celtic League have urged the Scottish Rugby Union to replicate
moves made by Scotland's Soccer Team and include the word ALBA on
the rugby kit.
The Celtic League supported a petition which called on the Scottish
Football Association to make the move in 2005 see:
A year later the SFA implemented the change.
It is hoped that the SRU will also respond positively. A letter from
the Celtic League General Secretary is set out below:
Scottish Rugby Union
Edinburgh EH12 5PJ
Dear George Jack
Inclusion of 'Alba' on Scottish Rugby kit
I am writing to you to make a request to include the word 'Alba' on
Scotland's rugby kit. As you will know, 'Alba' is the Scottish Gaelic
word for Scotland.
You will be aware that the Scottish football team included the word
'Alba' on their kits back in 2006 and this year the kits will be worn
for the first time during Scotland's Euro 2008 qualifier against the
Faeroe Islands in September. Also, on the Welsh national rugby kit,
the word 'Cymru' (Wales in the Welsh language) is written on the front
of the shirt and has been for many years.
The Celtic League would like to know, if Scottish Rugby Union has
any plans to change the kit in the future and if so whether the organization
is prepared to consider adding the word 'Alba'. Also could you please
inform us of the procedure that any change in the design of the kit
would have to take.
We look forward to your response.
The SRU initiative was the subject of a resolution to the 2007 Celtic
League AGM which was held in Cardiff (the text of that resolution
is set out below):
Congratulates the Scottish Football Association on including 'Alba'
on its national strip and requests that 'Alba' is moved to the front
of the shirt. Calls on the Scottish Rugby Union to do likewise."
J B Moffatt
Director of Information
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