In the pink at Twickenham

Andre wKempton shows off the pink change shirts which Bridlington RUFC will wear at Twickenham.
Andre wKempton shows off the pink change shirts which Bridlington RUFC will wear at Twickenham.

Bridlington have won the first battle ahead of their National Intermediate Cup final against Brighton Blues at Twickenham.

The club won the toss to be the ‘home’ team at the national stadium, meaning they will be using the England dressing room on their big day.

But rugby rules insist that, unlike football, it is the home team who change their kit when there is a clash of colours, so Bridlington will be in unfamiliar strip when they step out on the Twickenham turf on May 4.

Their navy and amber shirts were deemed to be too similar to Brighton’s blue, so a new pink shirt, teamed with white shorts and socks, will be making its debut in the final.

The club already had 18 pink shirts which had never been used, but it will need to buy four extras because the club can take a 22-man squad.

A full set of matching shirts and socks will also have to be bought, adding an extra £500 on top of the travel and hotel costs for the trip.

Players secretary Andrew Kempton and fixtures secretary Dennis Catt travelled to Twickenham last week, just days after Bridlington had booked their place in the final by winning the semi-final at Coalville.

Kempton said: “Representatives from all the clubs playing in the three finals were invited there to meet with RFU officials.

“They gave me the coin and told me to flip it, Brighton called and lost, so we have the home changing room. Then they looked at the kits and decided our sleeves and socks were too similar to Brighton’s so we have to change.

“The lads are quite happy because they have been itching to wear the pink shirts for months now, and there’s no better place for it.”

Businesses wanting to help with the cost of the new kit can email chairman Gordon Morrice at gordonmorrice@ymail.com.

Supporters wanting to book a place on the bus for the final should visit the clubhouse at Dukes Park.