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The England 1871 women’s vintage rugby shirt is made with a heavyweight slub cotton which importantly 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.

Classic sky blue is the away colour being used for the 2019 Rugby World Cup and is paired with dark navy blue embroidered thistle logo with the date of Scotland’s first International match.

The women’s shirts are slightly more fitted than the men’s version.

The Scotland 1871 women’s vintage rugby shirt is part of the women’s International range of rugby shirts.




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.


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 12 pm.

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

All our rugby shirts are folded with tissue paper and come with a swing tag in a Black&Blue 1871 cotton drawstring bag.

Postage for the shirts is determined at the checkout page.


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