The Munster Rugby Union has decided to ditch its official Munster jerseys in favour of the colours of the European Rugby Union and the USA Rugby Union, a move that comes as the governing body is grappling with the fallout from the Paris terror attacks.
The Munster team will wear the colours for the first time on November 5 in a friendly against the All Blacks.
The move has led to widespread criticism from players and fans.
Munster players said the decision was not the first in the history of the club.
They said the Munster jersey was “designed to look like a prison uniform” and had been worn by the team for many years.
Mullagh’s reaction was one of dismay at the decision, as he had never worn Munster shirts in the club colours.
“It is unfortunate that they’ve decided to go back to a uniform which was not only not working for them, it was not good for the team,” he said.
“The colour is the colours you wear to play, but that’s a different issue.”
The Munsters have a history of wearing different jersey colours and uniforms in different times.
The club wore their traditional blue jersey for the 1960s.
In the 1980s, they wore their blue jersey as a tribute to their late president and a reference to the number of players who had died in the IRA hunger strike.
“I’ve worn my jersey since I was 16, so I can’t really understand why they’re changing the colour,” Mullagh said.
“The fact that it is now white and the colours are changed to a different one, I don’t understand it at all.”
We’ve always worn blue and white.
I’ve worn blue in the past but I have never seen Munster change the colours to white.
“The team’s first ever Munster shirt was worn in the 1994 Six Nations, and Mullagh believes the team will have to make do with a more neutral jersey to be successful in the future.”
When you go through a period of adversity, people change their colours to make you feel better,” he added.”
But it’s not a very positive thing to do.
It makes you feel like you’re the underdog, and you can’t win if you have no shirt.
“There’s a reason for that, and that’s because it means you’ve got to wear a uniform that you don’t like.”
This has been going on for years, and I don’s and don’ts.”RTE has contacted the Munsters for comment.