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The Italy 1929 vintage rugby shirt 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 look and feel.




Heavy duty 100% slub cotton


Embroidered retro Italian flag logo with the date of their first international match

Embroidered 1871 detailing on the back of the neck

Reinforced hems

Two rubber button placket

Machine washable

Made in Portugal


The first match played by an Italian XV was in 1911 between US Milanese and Voiron of France. On 25 July of the same year the “Propaganda Committee” was formed which in 1928 became the Federazione Italiana Rugby (FIR).

In May 1929, Italy played their first international losing 9–0 against Spainin Barcelona.

In 1934, Italy was one of the founder members of FIRA, today’s Rugby Europe; the others were FranceSpainBelgiumPortugal, Catalonia, RomaniaNetherlands and Germany.

Italy has been playing international rugby since 1929, and for decades were considered one of the best European teams outside the Five Nations Championship.

Italian rugby really came to prominence in 2000 when it was added to the Five Nations, creating the Six Nations. Initially, on the end of some heavy defeats, the side has grown in competitiveness, recording a fourth-place finish in 2007 and 2013.

The Azzurri have shown respectable results when playing at home in recent years: during the 2011 Six Nations, the side defeated France 22–21, and in the 2013 Six Nations, Italy won again at home against France (23–18) and defeated Ireland 22–15.

Italy have also competed at every Rugby World Cup since the first tournament in 1987, where it played the inaugural game against New Zealand, but have yet to progress beyond the first round. 



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. As this shirt is embroidered to order there may be times when this is not possible and so postage may happen the following day.

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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