FRANCE 1906 RUGBY SHIRT – AWAY
Heavy duty 100% slub cotton
Embroidered Gallic rooster on a blue badge with the date of their first international match
Embroidered 1871 detailing on the back of the neck
Two rubber button placket
Made in Portugal
Rugby football was introduced into France by the British in the early 1870s.
It was in 1872 that a group of British residents formed the Le Havre Athletique, which played a hybrid form of football, a cross between rugby and soccer, called “combination”.
On 20 March 1892 the Union des Sociétés Françaises de Sports Athlétiques organised the first ever French rugby union championship, a one-off game between Racing and Stade Français. The USFSA remained the main controlling body of French rugby, until the formation of the French Rugby Federation in 1920.
In 1906, for the first time, England and France played each other. Although not officially part of the tournament until 1910, a match was arranged with the French national team which was played during the Home Nations Championship against England.
In 1910, France coined the term The Five Nations, though they had competed in the home nations tournament four times previously, the tournament would be known as the Five Nations for most of the rest of the 20th century.
Rugby was again played at the 1920 Summer Olympics, though this time, in what is considered one of the most surprising results in rugby history, France fumbled in the gold medal match, being defeated at the hands of the United States, eight points to nil.
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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.
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