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The England 1871 Women’s Rugby Shirt – Sky Blue is made with a heavyweight slub cotton which gives the shirt a hard-wearing yet soft and comfortable finish.

This heritage ‘old school’ shirt combines vintage colour dyes with a distressed wash to produce a nicely worn-in retro look and feel.

The Women’s England 1871 Rugby Shirts are slightly more fitted than the men’s version.

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First International

The rugby union match played between Scotland and England on 27 March 1871 was the world’s very first international rugby union football match.

Played at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh in front of 4,000 spectators. Scotland won the match, scoring two tries and a goal to England’s single try.

The match resulted from a challenge issued in the sporting weekly Bell’s Weekly on 8 December 1870. 

The English team wore all white, with a red rose on its shirts and the Scots, brown shirts with a thistle.

The team representing England was captained by Frederick Stokes of Blackheath, that representing Scotland was led by Francis Moncrieff.

Played over two 50 minute halves. Scotland scored a goal with a successful conversion kick after grounding the ball over the goal line. Both sides achieved a further ‘try’ each but failed to convert them to goals, as the kicks were unsuccessful.

Angus Buchanan was the first man to score a try in international rugby.

In a return match at the Kennington Oval, London, in 1872, England were the winners by 2 goals to 1.




Heavy duty 100% slub cotton


Embroidered thistle logo with date of their first International Test Match

Embroidered 1871 detailing on the back of the neck

Reinforced hems

Two rubber button placket

Machine washable

Made in Portugal


The world’s oldest continual rugby fixture was first played in 1858 between Merchiston Castle School and the former pupils of The Edinburgh Academy.

Scotland was responsible for organising the very first rugby international when a side representing England met the Scottish national side on the cricket field of the Edinburgh Academy at their Raeburn Place ground on 27 March 1871; Scotland won by one goal.

The Scottish Football Union (SFU) – later named SRU – was founded in 1873 (in the Staff Common Room at The Glasgow Academy) and was a founding member of the International Rugby Board in 1886 with Ireland and Wales. (England refused to join until 1890). Eight clubs were represented at the foundation; Glasgow AcademicalsEdinburgh Academical Football ClubWest of Scotland F.C.University of St Andrews Rugby Football Club, Royal High School FP, Merchistonians, Edinburgh University RFC and Glasgow University. Five of these clubs were already members of the previously instituted Rugby Football Union.

Although the RFU now represents exclusively English clubs, in its first few years it had members from outside England, there being no other national union. West of Scotland, Glasgow Academicals and Edinburgh University had joined the RFU in 1871 and Edinburgh Academicals and Royal High School FP had joined in 1872. These five renounced their membership of the RFU to join the SFU.

Since that time, Scotland have been regular winners of the Calcutta Cup, the five nations championship (discontinued), and have been participants of (having never actually won) the Six Nations Championship, and every Rugby World Cup.

Scotland has played a seminal role in the development of rugby, notably in rugby sevens, which were initially conceived by Ned Haig, a butcher from Melrose as a fundraising event for his local club in 1883. The first-ever officially sanctioned international tournament of rugby occurred at Murrayfield as part of the “Scottish Rugby Union’s celebration of rugby” centenary celebrations in 1973. Due to the success of the format, the ongoing Hong Kong Sevens was launched three years later. In 1993, the Rugby World Cup Sevens was launched and the trophy is known as the Melrose Cup in memory of Ned Haig’s invention.

In 1924 the SFU changed its name to the Scottish Rugby Union. International games were played at Inverleith from 1899 to 1925 when Murrayfield was opened.


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