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The history of the England Rugby team extends back to 1871 when the nation played their first official test rugby union match, losing 1–0 to Scotland in front of a crowd of 4000 people at Raeburn Place in Edinburgh. This was also noted in the history books as being the very first rugby union international to have taken place.
The English national rugby union side annually competes in the Six Nations Championship alongside France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. A competition which they have won 29 times throughout its various incarnations, with an impressive 13 Grand Slams and 26 Triple Crowns. This illustrious record makes them the most successful outright winners in the history of the tournament. Their most recent English Championship victory came in 2020, with captain Owen Farrell and coach Eddie Jones at the helm.
Along with the Six Nations itself, England also play for 3 other trophies during the Six Nations; the Triple Crown (awarded if either Scotland, England, Ireland or Wales beat all other Home Nations); Calcutta Cup (vs Scotland) and the Millennium Trophy (vs Ireland). A Grand Slam is also awarded for a clean sweep of every team.
England has been involved with every Rugby World Cup tournament since it’s inception in 1987 and reached the final on four occasions. In 1991 they lost to Australia 12-6, in 2007 to South Africa 15-6, in 2019 again losing to South Africa 32-12. Their solitary victory came in 2003, thanks to that famous Jonny Wilkinson drop goal in extra time.
The 2023 Rugby World Cup will take place in France, and England have qualified automatically having placed third or above in the pool stages of the 2019 tournament. They qualified 1st in Pool C in Japan with wins over Tonga, the USA and Argentina. Their fourth match versus France was cancelled due to the effects of the deadly Typhoon Hagibis. However, by this point, England had done enough to qualify top of the group and proceed to the knock-out stages. A 40-16 quarter-final win over Australia and a famous 19-7 semi-final victory over the New Zealand All Blacks took them to rugby union's biggest stage, the Rugby World Cup Final. The second Webb Ellis trophy wasn't to be, as South Africa ousted Eddie Jones' men in the final.
The English Rugby Union - known as the RFU - has their home base at Twickenham Stadium in London. In the early 1900s, the union moved Internationals around several locations before deciding to invest in its infrastructure. The land was purchased in 1907 for £5572 and construction began the following year. On the 15th of January 1910, the England Rugby team took to the pitch to play Wales for Twickenham's first match.
The Stadium was subsequently expanded in 1927 and 1932. Throughout the 1990's new North, East and West stands were constructed. In 2005/2006 the final piece, a new South Stand was constructed to transform the stadium into a complete bowl. Twickenham now boasts a capacity of 82,076 and is the largest dedicated rugby stadium in the world.
Whilst you are at Twickenham you will hear the national anthem being sung before every match - God Save the Queen. England also has another anthem in Swing Low, Sweet Chariot which you are sure to hear belted out by fans around the stands.
England 2022 Summer Tour Fixtures
England head Down Under this July, but prior to that, they face the Barbarians at Twickenham.
Sunday 19th June - England v Barbarians, Twickenham Stadium, London, Kick-off: 3:00pm
Saturday 2nd July - Australia v England, Optus Stadium, Perth, Kick-off: 10:55am BST
Saturday 9th July - Australia v England, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Kick-off: 10:55am BST
Saturday 16th July - Australia v England, Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Kick-off: 10:55am BST
November 2022 will see England play four Test matches at Twickenham Stadium, kicking off against the Pumas, followed by a match against the Brave Blossoms six days later.
The All Blacks are next up at HQ, before the series concludes with a match against the world champion Springboks at the end of the month.
England 2022 Autumn Internationals Fixtures
Sunday 6th November - England v Argentina, Twickenham Stadium, London, Kick-off: 2:15pm
Sunday 12th November - England v Japan, Twickenham Stadium, London, Kick-off: 3:15pm
Saturday 19th November - England v New Zealand, Twickenham Stadium, London, Kick-off: 5:30pm
Saturday 26th November - England v South Africa, Twickenham Stadium, London, Kick-off: 5:30pm
2022 was another disappointing Six Nations for England, finishing third in the table but winning only 2 matches, against Wales and Italy. However, Eddie Jones has a reputation for getting his side to perform on the big stage, so will be looking for a better response in the 2023 tournament, leading up to the Rugby World Cup later in the year.
England Guinness Six Nations 2023 Fixtures
Saturday 4th February - England v Scotland, Twickenham Stadium, London, Kick-off: 4:45pm
Sunday 12th February - England v Italy, Twickenham Stadium, London, Kick-off: 3:00pm
Saturday 25th February - Wales v England, Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Kick-off: 4:45pm
Saturday 11th March - England v France, Twickenham Stadium, London, Kick-off: 4:45pm
Saturday 18th March - Ireland v England, Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Kick-off: 5:00pm
The draw for the Rugby World Cup in France 2023 has taken place, England has been placed in Pool D alongside Japan, Argentina, Samoa, and Americas 2.
England 2023 Rugby World Cup Fixtures
9th September - England v Argentina, Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
17th September - England v Japan, Allianz Riviera, Nice
23rd September - England v Americas 2, Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille
7th October - England v Samoa, Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille
In 2012, Canterbury took over from Nike as the official kit supplier of the England rugby shirt, training kit and leisurewear ranges. This partnership ended in 2020 with the announcement that Umbro would take up the position of Official Technical Kit Partner from the 1st September. Umbro provide the team’s match kit, training wear and off-field kit as well as offering fans a full range of supporter wear including men’s, women’s and children’s ranges
Although having not featured in rugby for many years Umbro has a wealth of experience dating back nearly 100 years. In the past the have previously supported each of the home nations, multiple clubs and the only British & Irish Lions team to win a series in New Zealand, in 1971.
Anthony Little, Managing Director – Umbro, commented: “The partnership between Umbro and England Rugby from September is a seminal chapter in our history. The first time the England rugby team runs out onto the pitch, wearing the double-diamond logo, will be a proud moment for us, as an English brand.”
“Modern rugby is demanding but our approach at Umbro has always been to make sure our kits are fit for purpose and we have been working tirelessly to ensure that we meet those demands and deliver a kit that will perform for England Rugby.”
“Simon Massie-Taylor, Chief Commercial Officer, England Rugby commented on the partnership: “We are delighted to be entering this new chapter with Umbro as Official Technical Kit Partner from September and welcome them into the England Rugby family. Umbro has a rich heritage supporting English sports and share our values in dedication to high performance and innovation. We look forward to unveiling the new kit later this year.”
The England rugby shirt is traditionally white, with touches of red, in homage to the flag of St George and the Red Rose crest.
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