The England 1871 vintage rugby shirt is made with a retro heavyweight slub cotton which gives the shirt a hard-wearing yet soft and comfortable finish.
This vintage ‘old school’ England 1871 rugby shirt combines heritage colour dyes with a distressed wash to produce a nicely worn-in look and feel.
This vintage style, white England rugby shirt features the classic rose embroidery combined with the date of England’s first international match.
All our vintage rugby shirts come packaged in a stylish Black&Blue1871 cotton drawstring bag.
The rugby union match played between Scotland and England on 27 March 1871 was the world’s very first international rugby union football match.
Played at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh in front of 4,000 spectators. Scotland won the match, scoring two tries and a goal to England’s single try.
The match resulted from a challenge issued in the sporting weekly Bell’s Weekly on 8 December 1870.
The English team wore all white, with a red rose on its shirts and the Scots, brown shirts with a thistle.
The team representing England was captained by Frederick Stokes of Blackheath, that representing Scotland was led by Francis Moncrieff.
Played over two 50 minute halves. Scotland scored a goal with a successful conversion kick after grounding the ball over the goal line. Both sides achieved a further ‘try’ each but failed to convert them to goals, as the kicks were unsuccessful.
Angus Buchanan was the first man to score a try in international rugby.
In a return match at the Kennington Oval, London, in 1872, England were the winners by 2 goals to 1.
West Kent disbanded in 1886
Heavy duty 100% slub cotton
Embroidered rose logo with the date of their first International Test Match
Embroidered 1871 detailing on the back of the neck
Two rubber button placket
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