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 28 times throughout its various incarnations, with an impressive 13 Grand Slams and 25 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 2017 with captain Dylan Hartley and coach Eddie Jones at the helm.
Along with the Six Nations itself, England also plays 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 already 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 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.
Englands 2020 Guinness Six Nations Fixtures
In 2020 England will be looking to bring their Rugby World Cup form into the 6 Nations with a strong tournament. They certainly have the players at their disposal and with Eddie Jones continuing at the helm they will be one of the favourites.
Round 1: Sunday 2nd February - France v England; K.O 15.00, Stade de France, Paris. TV: BBC SPORT
Round 2: Saturday 8th February - Scotland v England; K.O 16.45, BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh. TV: BBC SPORT
Round 3: Sunday 23rd February - England v Ireland; K.O 15.00, Twickenham Stadium, London. TV: ITV SPORT
Round 4: Saturday 7th March - England v Wales; K.O 16.45, Twickenham Stadium, London. TV: ITV SPORT + S4C
Round 5: Saturday 14th March - Italy v England; K.O 16.45, Stadio Olimpico, Rome. TV: ITV SPORT
England's 2020 Summer Tests
In the summer of 2020, England is taking on a two-match tour of Japan as well as a home fixture against the invitational side Barbarians FC.
Sunday 2nd June: England v Barbarians; Twickenham Stadium, London (kick-off TBC)
Saturday 4th July: Japan v England; Oita Stadium, Oita (kick-off TBC)
Saturday 11th July: Japan v England; Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe (kick-off TBC)
England's 2020 Autumn Tests
To round off 2020 England will undertake four home test at Twickenham.
Saturday 7th November: England v New Zealand; Twickenham Stadium, London (kick-off TBC)
Saturday 14th November: England v Argentina; Twickenham Stadium, London (kick-off TBC)
Weekend of 20/21/22 November: England v Tier 2 Nation (TBC); Twickenham Stadium, London (kick-off TBC)Saturday 7th November:
Saturday 28th November: England v Australia; Twickenham Stadium, London (kick-off TBC)
In 2012, it was announced that Canterbury would take over from Nike as the official kit supplier of the England rugby shirt, training kit and leisurewear ranges. Phone company O2 remain as the official shirt sponsor.
The England rugby shirt is traditionally white, with touches of red, in homage to the flag of St George and the Red Rose crest.
The 2020 Canterbury England Shirt is out now and available to purchase online and in-store. The home version is white with red details around the collar and arms. The Alternate shirt, to be worn by the home team in the event of any colour clashes features a red marl design with navy across the shoulders. These are the shirts to be worn by England during the 2020 Guinness Six Nations.
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