International England Rugby Shirt 1st Match


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England’s first international match was against Scotland on Monday 27th March 1871. Scotland won this match played in front of a crowd of 4,000 people at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh. A subsequent international took place at the Oval in London on 5th February 1872 which saw England gain revenge and defeat Scotland.


In Introduction to International England Rugby Shirt

The International England Rugby Shirt first matchplayed against Scotland on Monday 27th March 1871. Scotland won this match played in front of a crowd of 4,000 people in Edinburgh.

Further, the game’s instigation held on the 8th December 1870 by a challenge. That challenge issued in the publication – sporting weekly featuring the signatures of five captains of Scottish clubs. The advertisement issued the challenge. The advertisement described that a team will be “selected from the whole of England” to a game to be played under the rugby school rules.

The fixture held at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh, the home ground of Edinburgh Academicals. So on the 27 March 1871, the first-ever international organised. England wore all white, with a red rose on the shirts and Scotland, brown jerseys with a thistle.

Frederick Stokes captained the England rugby team who played for Blackheath. Stokes went on to captain England in the first three games. All of the games were against Scotland. He also became president of the Rugby Football Union and became the youngest president in the organisation’s history.

Moreover, Stokes played alongside his five brothers and captained the Blackheath club. Along with Benjamin Burns of Richmond, Stokes organised a meeting of founder clubs on the 26th January 1871 at the Pall Mall Restaurant in Regents Street. Besides, Twenty-one clubs attended and agreed to adopt the rules of Rugby School. Algernon Rutter, E.C. Holmes and L.J. Maton got tasks of drafting the first set of laws.

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He was described as a “brilliant forward, being always on the ball, and often making excellent runs …can also play at the capital form at half-back, is a sure tackle and a first-rate drop or place-kick”.

Despite the defeat in the first game against Scotland Stokes was chosen to captain the return match at the Kennington Oval on 5 February 1872. England gained revenge by one goal, two tries and one drop goal. Stokes final game as captain was when the teams met for a third time on the 3 March 1873. In Glasgow which ended scorelessly. Once again, Stokes was the captain and was one of only three England players to have appeared in every match. This was his last international match at only 22 as he retired from international duty.

The Scotland Rugby captain was Francis Moncrieff of the Edinburgh Academicals club.

The match contested over two 50 minute intervals and Scotland were the victors by scoring a successful conversion after grounding the ball over the goal line.

England scored a try, but Scotland received a second try, but neither had a conversion. In the return match at Kennington Oval, London, in 1872 – England gained revenge by defeating Scotland.


Manufactured from satin touch 100% cotton, the International England Rugby Shirt features detailed embroidery of a 1st International celebration red rose crest patch. Also, matches inner placket, cuffs and collar, herringbone detail on vents and velvet tape on the neck opening. In addition, there is subtle Ellis Rugby branding on the collar stand and ecru coloured logo on the arm.

In addition to this International England Rugby Shirt, we also offer a hooped T-Shirt in the Red of Elland and Navy of Scotland.

The available sizes are S – 4XL.

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