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The Cambridge 1872 Asphalt T-shirt is made with a heavyweight organic 100% combed cotton which gives it a hard wearing yet soft and comfortable finish.

Featuring an embroidered vintage logo with the date of their first international match

A classic crew neck and a semi-fitted cut ensure a flattering fit.

A classic for the Cambridge rugby fan.




100% Organic Combed Cotton

Embroidered vintage red lion logo with the date of the first Varsity Match

1871 Embroidered on back of the neck

1871 woven tab on side of the shirt

Double-needle stitched hems for extra durability


Rugby Football is believed to have been introduced to Cambridge University in 1839 by Trinity College fresher Albert Pell. Pell had enrolled at Cambridge from Rugby School, where the game of rugby originated.

Cambridge University Rugby Union Football Club was officially established in 1872, around three years after the Oxford rugby club was founded.

CURUFC officials helped to draw up the laws of the game that were adopted by the Rugby Football Union (RFU) when it was established in 1871. Cambridge became a Constituent Body of the Union in 1872, a status which the club still holds today. In 1874, Cambridge provided their first international player directly from the club, when John Batten represented England in the third encounter against Scotland.

The first Varsity match was contested between the two teams on 10 February 1872 at The Parks, Oxford. They played a 20 a-side version of the game (the teams would be set to 15 a-side in 1875). The Cambridge team was led out by captain Isaac Cowley Lambert. Cambridge lost by a single goal to nil.

The second Varsity Match in 1873 was played at Parker’s Piece in Cambridge, but since then it has always been played in London. The Oval in Kennington staged seven matches, three games were played at Richardson’s Field in Blackheath and another Blackheath venue, Rectory Field, hosted four games before Queen’s Club in Kensington became the regular venue from 1887 to 1920. The 1878 and 1879 matches were postponed due to fog. In 1921 the match was moved to the Rugby Football Union’s famous home ground, Twickenham.

The women’s rugby Varsity Match was first played in 1988 and has taken place at Twickenham on the same day as the men’s game since 2015


If ‘Signed for 1st Class Delivery’ is chosen we will endeavour to get the product sent out the same day as long as the product is ordered before 12pm. 

This shirt is embroidered to order and so postage may take 2-3 days if there is a delay with the embroidery.

Organic cotton T-shirts are individually packaged with a Black&Blue 1871 swing tag in a poly bag.

Postage is determined at the check-out.


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