England take on Australia at Twickenham stadium on Saturday, hoping to take along the momentum from a win over Fiji last weekend. The team will also debut their new purple away kit.

Why purple? It must be all that purple in our flag, surely?

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England's new kit is an unfamiliar purple

Apparently the choice is a 'regal' shade of purple, fit for a country known for its royalty. But it could bring bad luck for the team.

As spotted by the Independent, the last time England had a purple away kit, they had a miserable autumn, the highlight of which was a scrappy win over Argentina. Could the kit be a bad omen?

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The kit bears a remarkable resemblance to Arsenal's 2005 strip

It also looks exactly the same as the old Arsenal kit from 2005/6 - a minimalist maroon number far from the traditional red shirt and white sleeves Arsenal are famous for.

Are England Rugby trying to capture Thierry Henry's casual brilliance? Maybe, but beware, Arsenal came away trophy-less in that season, starting a seven-year trophy drought for the team.

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    England's fly half Toby Flood (L) kicks a penalty during the International rugby union test match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium in south-west London, England, on November 17, 2012. AFP PHOTO/ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • England v Australia - QBE International

    LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Manu Tuilagi (R) of England celebrates with his team-mates after scoring a try during the QBE International match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on November 17, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

  • England v Australia - QBE International

    LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Nick Phipps of Australia breaks with the ball during the QBE International match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on November 17, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

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    England's Charlie Sharples is tackled by Ben Tapuai of Australia during the QBE International at Twickenham, London.

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    England's Toby Flood, left, is tackled by Australia's Michael Hooper during their international rugby union match at Twickenham stadium, London, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Tom Hevezi)

  • Charlie Sharples, Nick Cummins

    England's Charlie Sharples, right, jumps for the ball with Australia's Nick Cummins, during their international rugby union match at Twickenham stadium, London, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 . (AP Photo/Tom Hevezi)

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    Australia's Nick Phipps, 2nd left, gets the ball away during their international rugby union match against England at Twickenham stadium, London, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 . (AP Photo/Tom Hevezi)

  • Toby Flood, Michael Hooper, Ben Alexander

    England's Toby Flood, center, is tackled by Australia's Michael Hooper, right, and Ben Alexander during their international rugby union match at Twickenham stadium, London, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Tom Hevezi)

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    England's Manu Tulagi slides in for a try during the QBE International at Twickenham, London.

  • Rugby Union - QBE International - England v Australia - Twickenham

    England's Chris Robshaw is tackled by Australia's Michael Hooper and Ben Alexander during the QBE International at Twickenham, London.

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    England's Toby Flood is tackled by Kurtley Beale and Michael Hooper of Australia during the QBE International at Twickenham, London.

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    England's Toby Flood (right) is tackled by Michael Hooper of Australia during the QBE International at Twickenham, London.

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    England's Chris Robshaw is tackled by Digby Ioane of Australia (right) during the QBE International at Twickenham, London.

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    England's Chris Ashton goes for the gap during the QBE International at Twickenham, London.

  • Nick Phipps

    Australia's Nick Phipps, right, gets the ball away during their international rugby union match against England at Twickenham stadium, London, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 . (AP Photo/Tom Hevezi)

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    England's Manu Tuilagi runs in a try during the QBE International at Twickenham, London.

  • Toby Flood, Michael Hooper, Ben Alexander

    England's Toby Flood, center, is tackled by Australia's Michael Hooper, right, and Ben Alexander during their international rugby union match at Twickenham stadium, London, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Tom Hevezi)

  • Rugby Union - QBE International - England v Australia - Twickenham

    England's Toby Flood is tackled by Kurtley Beale and Michael Hooper of Australia during the QBE International at Twickenham, London.

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    England's Charlie Sharples is tackled by Ben Tapuai of Australia during the QBE International at Twickenham, London.

  • Rugby Union - QBE International - England v Australia - Twickenham

    England's Chris Ashton goes for the gap during the QBE International at Twickenham, London.

  • Rugby Union - QBE International - England v Australia - Twickenham

    England's Chris Robshaw is tackled by Australia's Michael Hooper and Ben Alexander during the QBE International at Twickenham, London.

  • Rugby Union - QBE International - England v Australia - Twickenham

    England's Manu Tulagi slides in for a try during the QBE International at Twickenham, London.

  • Rugby Union - QBE International - England v Australia - Twickenham

    England's Manu Tuilagi runs in a try during the QBE International at Twickenham, London.

  • Rugby Union - QBE International - England v Australia - Twickenham

    England's Chris Robshaw is tackled by Digby Ioane of Australia (right) during the QBE International at Twickenham, London.

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    England's Toby Flood (right) is tackled by Michael Hooper of Australia during the QBE International at Twickenham, London.

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    England's Manu Tuilagi (2nd L) tries to break through the defence of Australia's flankers David Dennis (R) and Michael Hooper (L) during the International rugby union test match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium in south-west London, England, on November 17, 2012. AFP PHOTO/ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • England v Australia - QBE International

    LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Manu Tuilagi (R) of England scores a try during the QBE International match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on November 17, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

  • England v Australia - QBE International

    LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Manu Tuilagi (C) of England celebrates with his team-mates after scoring a try during the QBE International match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on November 17, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

  • England v Australia - QBE International

    LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Manu Tuilagi (R) of England scores a try during the QBE International match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on November 17, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

  • England v Australia - QBE International

    LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Manu Tuilagi (C) of England celebrates with his team-mates after scoring a try during the QBE International match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on November 17, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

  • England v Australia - QBE International

    LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Michael Hooper (C) of Australia breaks away with the ball during the QBE International match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on November 17, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

  • England v Australia - QBE International

    LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Manu Tuilagi (R) of England scores a try during the QBE International match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on November 17, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Brad Barritt (L) of England in action with Nick Cummins (R) of Australia during the QBE International match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on November 17, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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    England's No. 8 Thomas Waldrom (R) tries to break a tackle from Australia's Hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau (bottom) during the International rugby union test match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium in south-west London, England, on November 17, 2012. AFP PHOTO/ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • England v Australia - QBE International

    LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Nathan Sharpe (C) of Australia wins the line-out ball during the QBE International match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on November 17, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

  • England v Australia - QBE International

    LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: (L-R) Nick Cummins of Australia celebrates with team-mates Ben Tapuai and Kurtley Beale after scoring a try during the QBE International match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on November 17, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

  • England v Australia - QBE International

    LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Manu Tuilagi (C) of England in action during the QBE International match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on November 17, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

  • England v Australia - QBE International

    LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Nick Cummins (R) of Australia scores a try past Toby Flood of England during the QBE International match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on November 17, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

  • England v Australia - QBE International

    LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Nick Cummins (L) of Australia scores a try past Toby Flood of England during the QBE International match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on November 17, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

  • England v Australia - QBE International

    LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Toby Flood (C) of England in action during the QBE International match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on November 17, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

  • England v Australia - QBE International

    LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Toby Flood (C) of England in action during the QBE International match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on November 17, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

  • England v Australia - QBE International

    LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Nick Cummins (L) of Australia scores a try past Toby Flood of England during the QBE International match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on November 17, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

  • England v Australia - QBE International

    LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Toby Flood (C) of England in action during the QBE International match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on November 17, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

  • England v Australia - QBE International

    LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Toby Flood (C) of England is tackled during the QBE International match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on November 17, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)