GRAND SLAM ENGLAND RUGBY. THE STORY BEHIND THE 1923 FIVE NATIONS GRAND SLAM
Grand Slam England Rugby – It is extremely difficult to secure a 6 Nations Grand Slam. But, the England Rugby team of 1923 and 1924 managed to win back-to-back Grand Slams. In this blog post, we tell the story from the start of this journey. The 1923 Five Nations Rugby Championship. It was these teams led by Dave Davies in 1923 and Wavell Wakefield in 1924 that inspired Ellis Rugby to design the England Rugby 1923 Shirt 1924 Grand Slam.
Grand Slam England Rugby – Inspires Ellis Rugby
The jersey features the famous Red Rose stitched in the colours used at the time. In addition, it includes a large patch applique. Also, gold embroidery 1923-1924 Grand Slam is included on the back of the neck. In addition, we’ve added a microchip under the decorative seam woven label. When scanned by a mobile phone it links with a video showing original footage and the story behind the shirt.
The 1923 Five Nations Rugby Championship
After narrowly defeating Wales in the 1923 season-opener. In front of a crowd of 25,000 at Welford Road, they played Ireland. They were in front 15-0 at half-time. And, although Ireland scored a try and converted 12 minutes after the half-time break. They soon took control of the game to record a decisive victory 23-5.
Scotland included future Olympic sprinter Eric Liddell on the wing. Also, they had defeated both Ireland and Wales. In addition, England made three changes for their game with Scotland. Locke was selected in the Centres. Holliday came in at Full Back. And Blakiston was added to the back-row. A highly competitive match was level at half-time. The score was 3-all. However, a superb try by Smallwood on the left-wing put England ahead. But, then Scotland centre Teddy McLaren crossed for a try.
Tom Voyce scored the vital try against Scotland Rugby
Scotland then took the lead in the 65th minute. But, five minutes later. Powerful Centre Locke intercepted a loose ball in his own half. He ran for 50 yards before kicking ahead. Voyce was in support and dived over to score. Now the score was 6-all. And the result was down to the conversion and Luddington was successful with the extra points. But, Scotland wasn’t finished. In the final ten minutes, they constantly attacked the English line. But, England held firm to win their seventh Triple Crown.
Grand Slam England Rugby – Secured in Paris
The final match was France in Paris. England selected an unchanged team. For Lowe, Kershaw, and Davies it was their final match for England. Davies, in fact, played whilst on his honeymoon in the French capital.
The French took an early lead. But, a superb try by Wavell Wakefield after 20 minutes leveled the scores. It wasn’t until the 75th minute that England took control of the game. Firstly, Voyce intercepted a pass and sent Conway in for a try. Secondly, this was converted by Luddington. Finally, in the final action and his own international career. Davies was successful with a left-footed drop goal to guide England to a famous Championship victory. And his fourth Grand Slam. England Rugby.