A huge section of Irish rugby supporters are celebrating a “brave” and “honest” way of dressing up in their local sport.
Key points:The Guinness PRO14 season kicked off in Dublin on Sunday with a 2-0 win over ScarletsInaugural Guinness PRO12 fixtures take place in Dublin, Cardiff and Newport GwentThe Guinness Pro14 season kicks off on Sunday in Dublin with a second-place finishThe Irish Rugby Association said its players would not be fined for wearing their team’s kit but there will be no ban on banners being displayed.
A large section of supporters who attended Sunday’s game in Dublin wore the Guinness Pro12 kit and the Irish team’s colours in tribute to the game’s Irish and Gaelic history.
The Guinness team’s shirt has been the subject of some controversy since its design was criticised for the way it was used by the Scarlets.
The Irish team will be without three key players who are both from the province and had been absent for the last two seasons.
The Scarlets have been on a bye-season after losing to the reigning Guinness PRO15 champions.
Speaking to RTÉ Sport after the game, Irish rugby captain Tommy Bowe said he was proud to be wearing the Scarlet kit.
“The kit’s got me in a good mood, it’s got a lot of pride in it, it was a great game, it got the Irish squad going,” he said.
“It was great to see them out there, the Scarlettes are a good team.
I know they’re a bit of a little bit of an anomaly, but that’s what they are.”
I think we all had a good time out there and hopefully we’ll get another win.
“While the Scarlett players are out, the Guinness PRO13 squad will be out, too.
The team will play the Scarlette Chiefs in Dublin and Newport on Saturday and will then travel to Dublin for the final three games of the season.