The Retro England Rugby Shirt Flying Prince is an inspiration from “The Flying Prince,” inspiration behind the design. Along with it, the vintage England Rugby Polo Shirt and the heritage Flying Prince T-Shirt have also an inspiration.
Moreover, the design of this shirt mainly comprises of a vintage oxford crown. As well as appliqué English Rose on the front chest. Prince A. S. Obolensky was a Rurikid prince whose family fled Russia after the Russian Revolution of 1917, settling in London.
He was known as “The Flying Prince” and excelled in rugby, gaining two rugby blues representing Oxford University. In 1936 he scored 2 tries on his England Rugby debut in a 13-0 victory over the NZ. The game was the first time that England had beaten New Zealand in a rugby match.
The Morning Post described it thus: “Runners we have seen before, but never such a runner with such an innate idea of where to go and how to get there. His double swerve to gain his first try was remarkable enough. But the extraordinary turn-in and diagonal right-to-left run which won him his second and which drew forth that great Twickenham rarity, a double roar of applause, will never be forgotten by anybody who saw it.”
During 1936 The Flying Prince would gain 3 more caps playing for England.
Prince Obolensky was became selected for the 1936 British & Irish Lions tour to Argentina covered in our YouTube Video. On August 31, in a Brazilian XV in a warm-up game, he created a record by scoring 17 tries.
His maverick style perfectly suited to the Barbarians style represented the Invitation XV on seven occasions between 1937 and 1939, scoring three tries. Our Vintage Invitation XV Rugby Shirt, Retro Invitation XV Polo Shirt celebrates this brand of open rugby. Also, Heritage Invitation XV T-Shirt celebrates. On the outbreak of war, Obolensky joined the RAF. Tragically, on 29 March 1940, a day after being recalled to the England squad he was killed. He died during training when his Plane overshot the runway on Martlesham Heath, Suffolk. He was only 24 years old.
The Retro England Rugby Shirt design features the English Rose as a smart appliqué. And the vintage Oxford crown on the front chest along with Ellis Rugby branding on the arm. We have also included a stylish ‘XV’ patch with decorative stitching on the right chest.
Manufactured from Satin touch 100% cotton, the Retro England Rugby Shirt features herringbone detail on side vents in addition to velvet tape on the neck opening.