England Rugby Trial T-Shirt. Inspired by the great rugby history of England Rugby.
The history of Rugby Trial Matches
Rugby trial matches have been used by selectors to determine their final team choice. It is reported Scotland played a number of trial games before the first rugby international. Trial matches were held in Edinburgh and Glasgow. To select the 20 men who would represent Scotland. The final team included eight Academicals. including the captain, the Hon Francis Moncreiff, who was also captain of EAFC.
Probables v Possibles
Historically, England Rugby trial matches have been titled Probables v Possibles. One of the famous trial games involved the Russian Prince, Alexander Obolensky. The flying prince scored three tries in the national team’s final trial, “England” versus “The Rest”, at Twickenham on 21 December 1935. However, North v South or England v The Rest has often been used. Ireland opted for Whites v Blues. The All Blacks to have chosen New Zealand v The Rest. But, South Island and North Island trial matches have usually split up the teams using the header Probables v Possibles.
A Team v B Team
Also, Wales and Scotland have widely used Probables v Possibles. But the Welsh have marketed the trial game as Wales A v Wales B. Most notably in 1964 when the game was used to help select the international team for their tour to South Africa. Clive Rowlands captained the A team. And Haydn Morgan skippered the B team. Playing opposite each other on that day were Newport’s David Watkins and John Mantle. Both players went on to have exceptional Rugby League careers.
Manufactured from satin touch 100% Cotton, the Ellis Rugby England Rugby Trial T-Shirt features stylish print on both sides. On the front ‘Probables’. Then on the back ‘Possibles’. 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 print 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.