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(From Guardian Unlimited)
Say what you like about England's form but fashion-wise they are way ahead of the game. The Rugby Football Union has revealed that sales of the team's new purple strip have outstripped all previous records, a tribute to the vision of their kit designers or, depending on your sartorial taste, the collective colour-blindness of Twickenham supporters.
Whatever the truth, a remarkable 41% of replica shirts sold during the autumn internationals were purple as opposed to the traditional white. The normal figure for away shirts is around 15%.
England have worn the new colour only once, turning in a truly dismal display against Argentina …