England Rugby Prince Shirt 1936 Polo


Prince A. S. Obolensky was a Rurikid prince whose family fled Russia after the Russian Revolution of 1917, settling in London.


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Produced by Ellis Rugby, England Rugby Prince Shirt 1936 Polo is an exceptional quality shirt. The story of Prince Obolensky “The Flying Prince” is the inspiration behind the design of this Polo Shirt. The design of this England Rugby Prince Shirt 1936 Polo comprises of a vintage oxford crown. As well as an appliqué of the vintage English Rose on the front chest.

The 1936 New Zealand All Black tourists were led by John Manchester. He played his rugby for Christchurch. John represented Canterbury at the Provincial level. He played in the Flanker position. Further, he made his international debut in 1932. In total, he gained 36 caps for his country.

The tourists as usual had a strong team. And enjoyed victories against Devon & Cornwall, Midland Counties, Yorkshire & Cumberland and Abertillery & Cross Keys. They came unstuck in their next game against Swansea at St Helens defeated by 11 points to 3.

They had another 14 games. Which they all won, before meeting Scotland in their first Rugby Union international. They easily defeated the Scots by 18 points to 8. After games against North of Scotland and Ulster, it was then the turn of Ireland. The All Blacks were once again too strong for the Irish. And won comfortably by 17 points to 9.

Two further victories in warm-up games. And it was a narrow 13-12 defeat by Wales in controversial circumstances.

After defeating London Counties 25 points to 4 at Twickenham, they played England on the same ground the following week. England had never beaten the All Blacks. And after the shock result against Wales, they were firm favourites to end the UK part of their tour well.

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Earlier in the year, England selectors were aware of a talented wing-three quarter playing for Oxford University. Prince Alexander Obolensky was of Russian heritage. And once the selection committee had satisfaction, this new prospect became good enough to play on the international stage. A British passport was issued to him in time for the New Zealand match.

So, England went into the match on the 4th of January 1936. And as underdogs having never beaten New Zealand previously. Furthermore, they had selected an untested player in Obolensky in their ranks.

The England fans need not have worried as Obolensky received the ball from Centre Peter Cranmer. He weaved between two Kiwi defenders. And ran towards the touchline and sliding in to score at the corner. The Twickenham crowd showed their appreciation.

His second try is widely regarded as one of England’s greatest tries. It came as a result of good support play as Obolensky. Once he received the ball he readjusted his run to cut back inside. And sprint diagonally toward the corner flag with four players in pursuit. Sale and Cheshire player Hal Sever added another try in the second-half. And England secured a memorable victory.


His performance was widely acclaimed, propelling him to stardom in rugby circles. But, unfortunately for rugby, Obolensky would go on to win just three more England caps.

The Ellis Rugby England Rugby Shirt Prince 1936 Polo design is manufactured from 100% chunky pique cotton. The Flying Prince Polo Shirt also features contrast inner placket. arm rib and collar stand.

The available sizes are S to 4XL.

As well as the Ellis Rugby England Rugby Shirt Prince 1936 Polo, we also offer a Retro England Rugby Shirt Flying Prince and T-Shirt.

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