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Black & Blue 1871

Belsize Park 1871 Rugby Shirt

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Classic, everyday shirts, 150 years in the making

In 1871, 21 rugby clubs came together in a restaurant in Pall Mall, London, to codify the sport they loved, creating a unified set of rules for the first time. Nearly 150 years later, Black & Blue have created a series of classic rugby shirts inspired by the style of those original clubs, fusing a traditional look with exceptional-quality materials. Designed in the UK and manufactured with care and precision in Portugal, these shirts have built to withstand the rigours of everyday modern life, whether you’re hard at work at home or cheering on your local team at the pub.

    • Vintage Belsize Park 1871 rugby shirt
    • Heavyweight slub cotton gives the shirt a pre-worn feel
    • Hard wearing yet soft and comfortable finish
    • Traditional ‘old school’ shirt combines vintage colour dyes with a distressed wash to produce a nicely worn-in look and feel
    • Embroidered 1871 detailing on back of neck
    • Delivered folded with tissue paper and swing tag in a Black & Blue 1871 cotton drawstring bag
    • Heavyweight high quality 100% slub cotton
    • 380 gsm
    • Reinforced hems
    • Two rubber button placket
    • Machine washable
    • Made in Portugal
    • Founder member of the Rugby Football Union
    • Belsize Park was founded in 1870 with 30 members fielding one XX
    • They played at a ground adjoining Belsize Road, ¼ mile from Swiss Cottage Station and changed at the ‘Britannia Hotel’ in Belsize Road
    • Many of the Belsize Park players joined Harlequins when Belsize Park disbanded
    • Belsize Park disbanded in 1880
  • Use the following guidelines along with a fabric tape measure
    • Wear minimal or no clothing to get the most accurate measurement
    • These rugby shirts have a semi-fitted cut to give a more tailored look but have been designed to be worn with other layers
    • If you prefer to wear a t-shirt underneath then we recommend you choose your normal size. If not, then consider a size below for a more custom fit

    How to measure: Place the tape around the fullest part of your chest, including your shoulder blades, then drop your arms to your sides to measure.

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    • Local manufacturing - Made in Portugal
    • No plastics in product or packaging
    • Drawstring bag is useful as a laundry bag when travelling or as a ‘bag for bags’
  • To create exquisite, hard-wearing apparel for everyday adventures, Black & Blue turned back the clock – specifically, to 1871 and the formation of rugby as we know it today. They are inspired by the rugby shirts of old – the ones that prevailed when the game was still a plucky, amateur affair; when shirts were built to last for longer than 80 minutes; when shirts were stylish, and not coated in adverts | READ MORE

"Fantastic quality rugger shirt."

-Barny Gloyn, Verified Buyer

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