Lomu: England in black is just weird

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New Zealand great Jonah Lomu has criticised England's decision to use an all-black away kit at the World Cup. England's new change strip – the same colour as New Zealand's 127-year-old All Black jersey – will be worn against Argentina on 10 September, though not for their other group matches.

"For me, in some ways you are just disrespecting the legacy of past players," Lomu said. "The All Blacks are synonymous with being in all black, and England the white shirt."

Hosts New Zealand say they have no issues with England's kit but 36-year-old Lomu, who scored 37 tries in 63 games for the All Blacks, has. "I am one of those people who was brought up on the history of rugby," he said. "I'll find it weird to look across the paddock and see them run out not wearing that famous white."