Scottish Rugby and their kit supplier, Canterbury of New Zealand, today reveal the new tailor-made official team jersey to be worn by the Scotland team at this year's Rugby World Cup.
The kit has been specifically designed to meet the demanding and rigorous requirements of the international arena.
Renowned for developing the most technically advanced kit in the game, Canterbury has created a range of shirts that are specifically tailored to aid the performance of players in certain positions on the pitch.
For example, the props will benefit from a shirt that enables their team-mates to bind on better during scrums. Lineout players will be wearing shorts with tailored grip panels to aid lifting and backs have jerseys with grip panels on their chests to aid ball retention when running.
Scotland Captain, back-row forward Jason White, said: "International rugby is intense and every team is searching for the competitive edge. Working alongside our kit manufacturer Canterbury means when we take to the field in the World Cup we know that our kit will be state of the art."
Scotland Coach Frank Hadden added: "Our preparations for the World Cup are leaving nothing to chance. Canterbury's tailor-made kit is very much part of our ethos of leaving no stone unturned."
Chris Baff, Senior Product Manager, Canterbury of New Zealand: "Canterbury's involvement in the game of rugby has come a long way since we produced our first rugby jersey back in 1904.Today we are pleased to reveal the world's most technically advanced rugby jersey. By analysing the roles and responsibilities of individual players and their positions, we have been able to create tailored position specific playing apparel that performs to the optimum level. We are proud to be supplying this great kit to one of the world's great rugby sides.
Fans will be able to show their support for the Scotland team by buying the new kit. It will be available from sports shops and selected retailers from Wednesday 11 July.
The shirts themselves are made from a lightweight poly-cotton fabric developed exclusively by Canterbury called Temex and incorporate an innovative moisture management system that helps to keep players cool. In addition it wicks sweat away from the body.
Canterbury has also dispensed with its classic loop collar and replaced it with a tight-fitting asymmetric neck-line - again to reduce fabric that an opponent could grip on to.
The slim-fitting garments include Lycra side panelling to ensure a snug fit and increase comfort. Each jersey also includes a series of grip areas where a unique rubberised polymer has been added to the shirt to enhance ball handling and binding.
The new jersey will make its debut during the Bank of Scotland Corporate August Tests when Scotland take on Ireland (Saturday 11 August, kick-off 2:30pm) and South Africa (Saturday 25 August, kick-off 5pm) at Murrayfield.
During these two Test matches, the national team sponsor, The Famous Grouse, will feature on the front of the jersey.
Canterbury of New Zealand first produced Scotland playing kit in 2000 and this latest design is the fourth it has produced for the national team.
The new jersey is available on pre-order from today via Scottish Rugby's official retail partner, Greaves Sports, by logging onto www.scottishrugbydirect.com. It will go on general sale from Wednesday 11 July.
Tickets for the Bank of Scotland Corporate August Tests are priced from just £10, £20 or £30 for adults and £5, £10 and £15 for under-18s, students and OAPs.
They are available through the Scottish Rugby website, www.scottishrugby.org; via our credit card hotline number 0131 346 5100* and in person from the Scottish Rugby Ticket Centre*, Roseburn Street, Edinburgh. Please note there will be no tickets for sale on match-days.
Any supporter who buys at least two tickets now will be rewarded with automatic entry into a ballot for the right to buy tickets for Scotland's Calcutta Cup contest with England at Murrayfield in the 2008 RBS 6 Nations Championship.