Vintage France Rugby Shirt Maillot de Rugby France


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Rugby was introduced to France in 1872 by English merchants and students. On 26 February 1890, a French rugby team recruited from the Janson Desailly Lyceum defeated an international team at the Bois de Boulogne. Although France were represented at the 1900 Summer Olympics, their first official test match did not take place until New Year’s Day, 1906 against the New Zealand All Blacks in Paris.


An Introduction to Vintage France Rugby Shirt

Vintage France Rugby Shirt is introduced by Ellis Rugby. The British introduced the game of Rugby into France during the early 1870s. In 1872 Le Havre Athletique formed by a party of British residents. While the English Taylors RFC formed in Paris in early 1877 by a group of British businessmen. Those businessmen used to work in the tailoring industry.

Not long after, in 1882 the famous Racing Club de France established. Soon their close rivals StadeFrançais followed them in 1883. On 20 March 1892 the first-ever French rugby union championship match, a one-off game held between Racing and StadeFrançais. Pierre de Coubertin (founder of the modern Olympics) refereed the game which resulted in a 4-3 win for Racing.

Pierre de Coubertin had an interest in rugby to be played at the 1900 Summer Olympics held in Paris. The home team along with Germany and Great Britain entered teams. France won the Gold medal. In addition, the first-ever ‘Le Crunch’ England v France fixture played in 1905.

New Zealand were the visitors on the 1st January 1906 when France played their first-ever Test match. Against a strong All Blacks team led by Dave Gallaher, the French faced defeat. This resulted in a 38-8 victory for the tourists.

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The sport of Rugby was once again included it the 1920 Summer Olympics. With only the USA invited, it was thought the French team would be far too strong. However, the United States upset the hosts with some fine aggressive rugby. That match resulted in eight points to nil victory. In the 1924 Summer Olympics, France had more chances of regaining their Olympic crown. However, the stubborn USA team proved that the 1920 victory was no fluke and defended their title.

The team France expelled in 1932 from the Five Nations Championships due to accusations of professionalism by their club players as well as on-field violence. They did not get an invitation to rejoin the tournament until 1939.

In 1959 France won their first Five Nations title. They defeated both Wales and Scotland and then drew 3–3 with England at Twickenham. They visited Dublin in high spirits confident of gaining a Grand Slam. But faced denial 9-5 by the Irish and had to contend with tournament champions.

Some fifty-eight years after competing in their first Five Nations tournament, France eventually won the Grand Slam (Grand Chelem). In the decider, France had to visit Arms Park in Cardiff and in a tough encounter defeated the Welsh by 14-9.


Manufactured from satin touch 100% cotton, the Vintage France Rugby features detailed embroidery on the vintage badge. Also, it matches inner placket, cuffs and collar, herringbone detail on vents and velvet tape on the neck opening. Besides, there is a stylish ’12’ flock print number on the back with the subtle Ellis Rugby branding on the collar stand and tone on tone logo on the arm.

In addition to the Vintage France Rugby Shirt Maillot de Rugby France, we also offer a Vintage France Rugby Polo and Vintage France Rugby T-Shirt.

The available sizes are S – 4XL.

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