Looking at the history, it’s easy to see what inspired the rugby shirt. Back in 1823, William Webb Ellis first ran with a leather ball at school in Rugby and the game was born. Soon after, the boys who played realised the need to differentiate between the two teams and the first uniform was designed. The first rugby top was a regular cotton shirt, worn with a bowtie.
Whilst the collar remained – a nod to the smart origins - bold colours were introduced and team emblems took pride of place on the left of the chest. Heavy cotton weaves were used but once synthetic fabrics were invented, the professionals’ shirt was once again adapted, making it tighter to the skin, it was harder to grab onto.
Off the pitch the rugby shirt proved popular too. An off-duty staple, it’s the easy piece to wear for comfortable and stylish weekend looks.
At Crew, we’re constantly evolving the humble rugby shirt to fit modern day dressing. We now offer our versions for men and women in classic hard-wearing cotton and soft-to-touch cotton jersey. From our rugby stripe dress to the traditional rugby shirts, all our rugbys are washed for softness and you’ll find hidden ‘CREW’ embroidery under the collar to show the Crew quality.
Thanks to the inclusion of Rugby Sevens at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, we’re looking forward to seeing the rugby growing in popularity again.