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Handmade 12-Gauge Heavyweight Rugby - England 1871

Super Heavyweight Rugby by Sports D'Epoque $185

Handmade 12-Gauge Heavyweight Rugby - England 1871

Super Heavyweight Rugby by Sports D'Epoque $185

Notes

Super heavyweight (400g / 14 oz.) white rugby jersey with embroidered rose. Handmade in France. 100% cotton, knitted in the traditional 12 gauge style. Stunning material and craftsmanship. Feels incredible.

Details

Wing collar and five-button placket.

Size & Fit

This rugby has a traditional fit. For a relaxed fit, order one size up.

Provenance

In December 1870, five Scottish football clubs invited English footballers to participate in a match played using “Rugby Rules”. The challenge was ignored by the England Football Association but Blackheath, one of London's oldest football clubs, accepted and fielded England's first international rugby side. On Monday 27th March 1871, some 4,000 spectators descended on Edinburgh’s Raeburn Place to watch the match. Played over two fifty-minute halves, there were no penalty goals in this inaugural match, as it was understood that gentlemen would not cheat. These men, playing in white jerseys with an oversized rose emblem and wing collar, became the first to wear the now-famous red rose of England.