An Introduction to British & Irish Rugby Classic Sweatshirt
The British & Irish Rugby Classic Sweatshirt Zipper Red. It is inspired by the history of the British Isles Rugby Lions tours.
The inaugural official tour of South Africa was in 1891 was organised by Joe Richards. He was an old boy of Leys School in Cambridge. He assembled twenty-one players under the Captaincy of London Scottish player, Bill Maclagan. The squad mainly included players from both Oxford and Cambridge. Only nine of the twenty-one had played international rugby. And of these only five had played in the 1891 Four Nations Championship. These were William Bromet and William Mitchell for England. The Scotland Triple Crown winners were represented by Rob MacMillan. In addition, Paul Claus and William Wotherspoon.
Johnny Hammond a Veteran of Three Lions Tours
The tour party was invited for lunch by Sir Donald Currie on board the ‘Dunottar Castle’ ship. Harbored in the East India Docks on Wednesday the 17th of June. The following morning they sailed to Southampton. Before they embarked on their adventure to the Cape, stopping in Madeira en route.
This was the first tour for Johnny Hammond the Cambridge and Blackheath forward. But he would go on three further Lions tours. In 1896 again as a player, then in 1903 as the tourist’s manager. He became a Cambridge Blue in 1881. However, he was never selected to play for England. Yet he made five Test appearances against South Africa. He won four Tests and lost only one against the Springboks.
Manufacturing Features and Details
The Ellis Rugby British & Irish Rugby Classic Sweatshirt Zipper Red is made from 100% cotton with a fleece lined inner. In addition, it features a classic four nations badge embroider. Also, includes a tricolour rib collar and cuffs. Also, this garment includes a decorative woven label.
This Sweatshirt is available in sizes S – 5XL.
As well as the British & Irish Rugby Classic Sweatshirt Zipper Red, we also offer this style in Navy and our British & Irish Shirt Polo Heritage Shirt Red Navy or Ecru Navy.
This product includes our unique ‘Story-Teller’ microchip. Scan the garment label on the front, just above the hem. A message will appear on iPhones, tap the icon and the video will launch. Android Smartphones often scan better if the back of the phone is placed over the label. Once the chip is detected the video will launch automatically on your phone.
Please note: The Ellis Rugby ‘Story-Teller’ is an additional feature to our garments. We will not accept returns. Or supply replacements if the tag does not work, or stops working during the garment’s life.
Here’s the video you will see, telling the story behind the garment –