The Ireland versus Wales Six Nations conflict will again frustrate thousands of colour-blind viewers - pinch some countries playing successful their location jerseys.
Campaigners person slated nan WRU aft they were told that nan visitors will beryllium successful their accepted reddish which - pinch Ireland successful greenish - intends galore will struggle to separate 1 squad from nan other.
The onus is connected Wales, who could move to their achromatic alteration portion for nan February 24 fixture and avert misery for nan 1 successful 12 men and 1 successful 200 women who person colour imagination deficiency.
But Kathryn Albany-Ward, laminitis of Colour Blind Awareness, says her pleas person been ignored. ‘I said pinch (chief executive) Nigel Walker from nan WRU personally past Spring to make him alert of nan rumor and earlier that we’d already been successful discussions pinch nan WRU’s kit staff,’ she explained.
‘Nigel has now said nan kit suppliers, Macron, needed 9 months’ announcement to nutrient kits for nan men’s, Under 20s and women’s teams. Putting speech that nan WRU has had much than 9 months’ announcement of this, I’ve told Nigel I don’t judge (supplier) Macron couldn’t nutrient nan kits much quickly arsenic they’ve already been supplying nan achromatic distant kit since earlier nan 2023 World Cup.’
The Ireland versus Wales Six Nations conflict will again frustrate thousands of colour-blind viewers - pinch some countries group to play nan conflict connected February 24 successful their location jerseys
While Wales deterioration their accepted reddish shirt, Ireland will play successful their greenish jersey, causing misery for nan 1 successful 12 men and 1 successful 200 women who person colour imagination deficiency
Under caller World Rugby rules to beryllium enforced adjacent year, clubs will beryllium ordered to debar specified clashes. ‘It conscionable feels for illustration nan rumor has been kicked down nan roadworthy until then,’ said Kathryn.
‘And I don’t really understand why. France managed to play successful their alteration portion against Scotland. I explained that location will beryllium players successful nan Wales set-up who will beryllium put astatine a disadvantage because of nan clash. Why would you do that to your ain team? Last week I chaired a gathering of nan UK shot authorities and nan irony is that nan Welsh FA were each complete it and said they knew that avoiding colour unsighted kit clashes would springiness them a tactical advantage.’
WRU Group main executive Abi Tierney confirmed nan clash. ‘I empathise profoundly pinch rugby supporters who suffer from nan colour lucifer which will beryllium evident successful Dublin,’ she said.
‘We afloat support nan World Rugby and Six Nations stance to instruction that visiting teams must usage alternate kits to debar clashes successful matches from nan 1st January, 2025. Our existent alternate kit is black, and we person utilized greenish successful nan caller past. Neither of these examples thief pinch this issue.’
Under caller World Rugby rules to beryllium enforced adjacent year, clubs will beryllium ordered to debar specified clashes (pictured Ireland vs Wales during their Six Nations conflict successful Cardiff past year)
Sunderland's conflict pinch Newcastle past period was ruined for galore aft some sides wore their location jerseys, pinch those pinch colour blindness struggling to separate betwixt nan teams
However, Kathryn says that is simply not nan lawsuit and that Six Nations organisers were told greenish versus achromatic would not origin a problem. Indeed, she gave nan greenish ray for Ireland and New Zealand to play successful some nations’ location kits astatine nan World Cup past year.
Tierney added: ‘The colour reddish successful Wales is not conscionable accepted but a portion of our culture. With each of this successful mind we request to deliberation laterally astir really we tin flooded nan rumor up of adjacent year, possibly not conscionable pinch much inventive usage of colours but successful our kit designs too.
‘It is regrettable that we haven’t reached a solution to suit each this season, but I tin corroborate we are afloat committed to correcting that successful nan adjacent kit cycle.’
Last month, Mail Sport reported really nan televised Sunderland versus Newcastle FA Cup conflict was ruined for galore aft some sides wore their location jerseys, pinch those pinch colour blindness struggling to separate betwixt red-and-white stripes and black-and-white stripes.