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Six Nations: Wales-Ireland kit clash frustrates colour-blind fans

 

Six Nations: Wales-Ireland kit clash frustrates colour-blind fans

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By Antonia Matthews & Peter Gillibrand

BBC News

“They should be doing it for the fans. I don’t see why it would make a difference what colour they wear.”

Jimmy Griffin, 23, who is colour blind, is frustrated by Wales and Ireland’s decision to play in their traditional jerseys in Saturday’s Six Nations game, despite guidance aimed at avoiding kit clashes.

He said a kit change would make a big difference to colour-blind people.

The Welsh and Irish rugby unions said they were committed to being inclusive.

Red and green kits can be hard to tell apart for some of the one in 12 men and one in 200 women worldwide who are colour blind.

World Rugby has proposed new laws to help people affected by Colour Vision Deficiency (CVD), meaning teams may have to change kit from 2027 in the event of a colour clash.

It also published new guidelines in October to help colour-blind fans and players, but a kit change is not yet a requirement.

Mr Griffin, from Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, is a big Wales and Scarlets fan and said he recognised most of the players by their faces.

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