Romanians hope shirts will give them wings
Romania's national rugby team are hoping that their new shirts, complete with angels' wings across the shoulders, will give them an edge at the World Cup.
The Romanian side unveiled their new kit in the country's capital Bucharest last month, and the new design met with the approval of the team's players and coaches.
"They are beautiful," former international and current Romanian Rugby Federation president Alin Petrache said of the shirts. "Not like anything I ever had.
"I think this equipment will give the players wings, especially with the angel wings," he added.
The Romanians will be needing all the help they can get after drawing Argentina, England, Scotland and Georgia in World Cup Pool B.
And Petrache admits his charges are up against it in New Zealand.
"From our point of view this is the hardest group," he said. "We're trying to win every game, but we will see what happens. Physical conditioning will matter a lot."
With that in mind the Oaks have spent the last month working on fitness in their home country, before they travel to France for a series of warm-up matches.
In between the squad have also taken part in some more unusual training exercises, including white-water rafting, in a bid to foster a collective spirit.
"I hope we can form a group," Petrache admitted when asked about the Romanians' efforts at team bonding. "We hope to make some surprises and to get some wins."
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