England Rugby Pocket T-Shirt. Inspired by the great rugby history of England Rugby.
The history of the England Rugby Red Rose
Ever since the first international game between England and Scotland in 1871. One thing has remained constant on the England Rugby shirt. The red rose emblem. There are various theories on why a Red Rose was chosen.
War of the Roses?
Firstly, one suggestion is the story dates back to the Wars of the Roses (1455 – 1485). When the Houses of York and Lancaster fought for the throne of England. The House of Lancaster. Whose emblem was a red rose. Defeated the House of York. Whose emblem was a white rose. The Lancastrian Henry Tudor defeated the Yorkist king Richard III. And assumed the throne as Henry VII. Henry married Elizabeth of York. She was the daughter of the earlier Yorkist king Edward IV. They thought this would unite the two Houses combining the roses. And making the royal English rose red and white.
Rugby School Colours?
Secondly, a theory is that the red rose was chosen. Because the England rugby shirt was based on the colours used by Rugby School. Where the game is reputed to have originated. The School’s founder Lawrence Shefford was presented with a coat of arms by Elizabeth I. And was allowed to use her red rose on the crest. This was then incorporated into the England shirt.
Thirdly, a rather more improbable theory. Is that two of the men on the sub-committee to select the first England side. And choose the uniform hailed from Lancashire clubs. Their influence was behind the adoption of the red rose. However, it seems unlikely that the other sub-committee members would have agreed.
Whatever the origins, the red rose has been the emblem on the England rugby shirt. Worn on that first game against Scotland. In the early days, its form often changed. But, in 1920 it was standardised.
Manufactured from satin touch 100% Cotton, the Ellis Rugby England Rugby Pocket T-Shirt features a rose crest in the form of a detailed patch pocket. Also included on this garment is herringbone detail on the side vents and velvet tape on the neck opening. In addition, the Ellis Rugby crest features in the form of an applique patch on the arm.
Limited sizes are available.
As well as the England Rugby Pocket T-Shirt, we also offer a Heritage England Rugby Shirt 1871 Vintage.