17/11/2012 10:58 GMT | Updated 17/11/2012 11:09 GMT

England Rugby Kit: Why Is It Purple? (PICTURE)

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?

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?

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.