The limited edition Rugby League World T-Shirt in Vintage Navy is inspired by the formation of the game of Rugby League Football. In England on the 29 August 1895 at the George Hotel in Huddersfield representatives of northern clubs met to form the new code of football. Then in 1907-08 Albert Henry Baskerville along with a group of professional rugby players toured England. Baskerville’s team named the “All Golds”, also made a stop over in Australia on their way to England. They played a 3-game series against a professional New South Wales rugby team.
Rugby League World T-Shirt Vintage Navy
An Introduction to the Rugby League World T-Shirt Vintage Navy
The 1895 Rugby League T-Shirt in Vintage Navy is inspired by the game of Rugby League Football. In England, on 29 August 1895 at the George Hotel in Huddersfield representatives of northern clubs met. They met to form the new code of Rugby Football. Then in 1907-08, Albert Henry Baskerville along with a group of professional rugby players toured England. Baskerville’s team named the “All Golds”, also made a stopover in Australia on their way to England. They played a 3-game series against a professional New South Wales rugby team.
The Australian public preferred the new type of Rugby. Further, a meeting took place at Bateman’s Crystal Hotel in Sydney. The New South Wales Rugby Football League (NSWRFL) formed as a professional organisation. The new game needed a high profile player to switch codes. They managed to recruit Herbert “Dally” Messenger, the most famous rugby footballer in Sydney at that time. Players faced threats with immediate and lifetime expulsion from the rugby union. But this didn’t deter them and soon Rugby League was the stronger rugby code in Australia.
Rugby League soon spread throughout Australasia, especially the cities of Sydney, Brisbane, Christchurch, and Auckland. Here too there was a clear divide between the working (Rugby League) and more affluent (Rugby Union) upper class players.
The First Rugby League Game in New Zealand
The first match in New Zealand played at Wellington on 13 June 1908 before a crowd of nearly 7,000. Sadly the “All Golds” tour manager Albert Henry Baskerville died of pneumonia. He had led the first New Zealand Rugby League tour to England. The game staged as a benefit match to raise funds for Baskerville’s widowed mother.
In 1934, Jean Galia took a French team that had never played rugby league to Yorkshire and Lancashire in England. Following this the French Rugby League was formed on 6 April 1934.
With every sale, Rugby League Cares receives donations as a charity that helps players transition out of the sport. And supports players’ past and present who are enduring poor health or hardship.
Manufactured from 100% cotton, the Ellis Rugby Rugby League World T-Shirt Vintage Navy features a classic print celebrating the formation of the game of Rugby League in England, Australia, New Zealand and France. Also included in this garment is a decorative woven label.
This T-Shirt is available in sizes S – 5XL.
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