Cardiff Blues will have a new kit manufacturer for next season after Macron signed a four year deal to take over from Canterbury over this summer.
It marks the first time since 2003/04 that Cardiff Blues will have worn a jersey not worn by Canterbury, after they took over from Fila who had made the Cardiff RFC jerseys in the final years before the streamlining of the professional game.
Italian manufacturers Macron will now take over though, after slowly spreading across the sporting world. In rugby terms they already manufacture the Italy and Scotland national team jerseys, as well as Edinburgh, Glasgow, Pau, Lyon and Northampton in the club game.
Outside of rugby they provide the kits for English football Premier League sides Stoke City and Crystal Palace, as well as a host of European teams, including Lazio and Sporting Lisbon.
The move will naturally be met with some concern by Cardiff Blues fans, who will likely have seen the issues our Welsh rivals Scarlets have had with Macron this season. Issues with stock levels in the Parc y Scarlets club store, as well as some concern over the quality of off-the-field and training wear, have been quite widely advertised.
However, Cardiff Blues hope the Macron designed home jersey for next season is a more than satisfactory one. Rumoured to be similar to the popular Canterbury home jersey of 2013-15, and returning to the more traditional dark blue and light blue Cardiff hoops, the jersey is likely to appeal to a large cross section of supporters.
On a personal level, I was very impressed by the quality and range of apparel in the Macron store at Murrayfield earlier this month, while the Cardiff Blues management have been impressed by the Italian manufacturers, and if that can be brought to the Arms Park then it will be a big improvement on recent times at the Cardiff Blues shop.
A full range of Cardiff Blues playing, training and leisure wear is set to be released throughout the summer, with the home and change jerseys due to be unveiled in early July.