Law 1871 Rugby Shirt
Founding Member of the Rugby Football Union in 1871 – The Law RFC
The Law RFC was a founder member of the Rugby Football Union. Founded in 1868 with over 90 members fielding three teams. The Law was established in 1870 as a closed club for members of the legal profession. Presumably because of the demands of their profession, the club could only play on Wednesdays.
The club was also nomadic. And so despite having a secretary based at Lincoln’s Inn Fields, the club effectively played only away matches. The team’s colours included a red cross on the breast.
The Law along with 21 Rugby Clubs formalised the game of Rugby Football
It was on the 4th of December 1870, Edwin Ash of Richmond and Benjamin Burns of Blackheath published a letter in The Times suggesting that “those who play the rugby-type game should meet to form a code of practice as various clubs play to rules which differ from others, which makes the game difficult to play.”
So on the 26th of January 1871. A meeting attended by representatives from 21 clubs was held in London at the Pall Mall Restaurant on Regent Street.
This historic event inspired the design of The 21 Club Collection and the Law 1871 Rugby Shirt
The ‘21 Club’ fashion collection from Ellis Rugby gains inspiration from this historic event that fashioned the game of Rugby Football.
The 21 clubs present at the meeting were – Blackheath (represented by Burns and Frederick Stokes the latter becoming the first captain of England), Richmond, and Ravenscourt Park. Also, West Kent, Marlborough Nomads, Wimbledon Hornets, Gipsies, and Civil Service. In addition, The Law Club, Wellington College, Guy’s Hospital, Flamingoes, Clapham Rovers, and Harlequin F.C. Also, King’s College Hospital, St Paul’s, Queen’s House, and Laussane. Finally, Addison, Mohicans, and Belsize Park.
While many of these teams have subsequently disbanded. The Ellis Rugby 21 Club Collection brings these clubs back to life to form an exciting range of contemporary fashion wear.
The 21 Club Collection by Ellis Rugby
Manufactured from satin touch 100% cotton, the Law 1871 Rugby Shirt features a detailed Law embroider and Red Cross applique. Also, includes matches the inner placket, cuffs, and collar, herringbone detail on vents, and tape on the neck opening. In addition, an applique XV patch is on the back. Also, Ellis Rugby branding on the collar stand and crest on the arm.
The available sizes are S – 5XL.