An Irish rugby jersey is being sold to raise funds for Help for Heroes, the charity which supports wounded British service personnel. The jersey is available from Lovell Rugby, an online retailer who have joined together with the charity to produce the jersey as well as similar jerseys for England, Scotland and Wales.
The jersey is being sold for €48.49 with a €9.99 postage and package charge should you wish to have it shipped to Ireland. 10% of the price of the shirt will go towards the Help for Heroes charity.
The retailer has delivered the following sales pitch to help sales along.
Proudly cheer on the team while doing your bit for charity with the Help for Heroes Ireland Rugby Shirt.
Made by VX-3 from polyester, the strong material makes for great casual wear all year round. Whether at the match, on the high street or simply around the home, you can be assured of a great feel and look that you will be proud to pull on any time.
The famed green look needs no introduction and is joined by white beneath the arms and around the collar/neckline. With the Help For Heroes charity prominently stitched across the chest, Ireland's shamrock shield is embroidered aside the buttoned neckline.
Lovell Rugby stocks an extensive range of official IRFU merchandise. However, the Irish Times are reporting that the Union have distanced themselves from the jersey while confirming that no copyright infringement has taken place.
We can’t control what people do with green jerseys. We can only look after official production and that is what we have a responsibility for. It is not an official IRFU product. It is not produced by, or on behalf of, the IRFU. It is not something we are involved in in any way.
Quite a few Irish fans will have other things to say about the nature of the jersey but we would suggest that if you're going to offend people with a shirt of this nature then you could at least donate more than 10% of the proceeds to the charity you're helping.