Vintage England Rugby Shirt


Inspired by the great England Rugby teams. Over the years the English rugger shirt has rarely changed since the teams inception back in 1871, featuring a plain white shirt with the famous red rose on the left chest.


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An Introduction to Vintage England Rugby Shirt Classic Style

The Vintage England Rugby Shirt Classic Style inspired by the great England Rugby teams. The national side’s famous Red Rose emblem chosen prior to an English team. It was sent to Edinburgh to play a Scottish side in 1871.

The white shirt matched to one worn at the famous Rugby School. There is an allegation on the school that the game first played when William Webb Ellispicked up the ball and ran with it.

Various Red Roses wore over the year. But Alfred Wright has credit for standardising the use of the rose. That use up until 1920 had undergone many variations. There was no central source for the embroiled badge. Instead of many of the players themselves had their own versions created. The design that Wright specified is thought to have been used with little alteration until the late 1990s.

Wright became an employee as a clerk with the RFU in 1920. Later he became the England rugby archivist and remained in his position for 60 years.

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Alf created much of the groundwork for the rugby collection. He collected many of the items included in the World Rugby Museum. Those signed by such inspirational individuals from the world of Rugby Union. People such as George Rowland Hill, Adrian Stoop, William Wavell Wakefield and Bill Ramsey carefully and meticulously stored Alfred Wright.

The Ellis Rugby shirts get its inspiration from the shirts of the 1950s. It is the time when the red rose featured on the jersey as a patch badge.


Manufactured from satin touch 100% cotton, the Vintage England Rugby Shirt Classic Style features detailed embroidery on the rose crest patch. It matches inner placket, cuffs and collar, herringbone detail on vents and velvet tape on the neck opening. In addition a complex ‘15’ applique patch on the back with the subtle Ellis Rugby branding on the collar stand and ecru coloured logo on the arm.

In addition to the Vintage England Rugby Shirt, we also offer a Vintage England Rugby T-Shirt.

The available sizes are S – 4XL.

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