An Introduction to Vintage USA Rugby T-Shirt Heritage Style
The Vintage USA Rugby T-Shirt Heritage Style is an inspiration by the former USA Rugby teams famous as the ‘All American’ team. In 1911 on their tour of Australia and New Zealand they famously wore a jersey featuring the Stars and Stripes shield with wings either side.
The ‘All America’ Rugby team was made-up of California college rugby players. They first toured Australia and New Zealand back in 1910. Moreover, the team played against state representative sides and competed in twenty organised matches. Being competitive in most games, their lack of experience resulted in many defeats. However, they did gain a creditable draw against the Ranfurly Shield-holding Auckland rugby union team.
Australia toured the USA in 1912. A scrum half, Laird “Monte” Morris Captained USA. Further, being a member of the University of California rugby team, he was described as “one of the grittiest halves that ever trailed a scrum”. And as a member of “one of the most brilliant back field combinations ever seen on the West Coast.” As a member of the class of 1913, Morris was a member of the Winged Helmet and Golden Bear honor societies at the University of California.
The test match played on the 16th of November at California Fields at Berkley. Australia won by 12 points to 8. Wingers Dan Carroll and Lou Meibusch, along with Flanker Rusty Richards scored tries. In addition, Captain Ward Prentice kicked a penalty for Australia. In reply for the USA Rugby team, Fly Half Phillip Harrigan scored a try and Full Back Bennie Erb kicked a conversion and a penalty goal.
New Zealand Tour the USA
A year later New Zealand toured the United States and Canada. They won all their games easily. And only conceded 6 points on the whole tour. The tour included 16 games. They amassed 610 points. The test match was again played at California Fields in Berkeley. It was played on the 15th of November 1913.
Frank “Deke” Gard a veteran of the 1912 team, Captained the USA. Gard went to Stanford University until 1914. And he graduated with a degree in chemistry. Gard was the University captain during the 1914 season. He was described as “one of the best forwards on the West Coast. In addition, he was also a three-time varsity letter-winner running in the 440-yard dash and in relays for the school’s track and field team.
The game against ‘The All Blacks’ was very one sided. New Zealand defeated USA Rugby by 51 points to 3. The only point for the ‘All American’ team was from Winger Stirling Peart who kicked a penalty goal.
Manufactured from satin touch 100% cotton, the Ellis Rugby Vintage USA Rugby T-Shirt Heritage Style features detailed embroidery on the vintage US Wings Crest. Also, herringbone detail on vents and velvet tape on the neck opening. In addition a complex ‘9’ applique patch on the back with the Ellis Rugby branding on the arm.
The available sizes are S – XL.