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England mark centenary with commemorative shirt

07 January 2010

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The commemorative England shirt

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To mark the centenary of Twickenham stadium, England will wear a one-off commemorative jersey when they take on Wales on February 6.

England, their main sponsors O2 and Nike are rolling back the years, when the squad takes on Wales in Twickenham’s Centenary Match on Saturday February 6.

Martin Johnson’s men will be sporting a limited edition, traditional-look jersey to commemorate a century since the two nations’ first encounter at HQ.

In the original match on  January 15, 1910, England emerged the victors by 11 – 6 and this year’s pearl white shirt was inspired by the one worn by that winning team. The 2010 team will run out in the iconic jersey featuring authentic detailing and a stunning embroidered rose emulating the original kit.

Nike technology remains at the heart of the jersey with dri fit a feature, and the gripper patter on the chest to improve performance. In keeping with the traditional look and feel, England Rugby sponsors 02 have temporarily relinquished their core branding to support Twickenham’s centenary celebration and discreet O2 branding will appear on the shirt sleeve rather than the jersey front.

RFU Twickenham centenary logo

Photo: RFU

A replica shirt is available as well as a polo shirt, T shirt and limited edition centenary jacket. These are available at the Rugby Store at Twickenham Stadium and York Street, Twickenham and can also be bought online at www.rfudirect.com.

Andy Ward, RFU Head of Retail, said: “This shirt celebrates 100 years of Twickenham Stadium and takes its inspiration from the shirt worn a century ago, whilst ensuring the players still have the performance they expect from a Nike shirt.

“The replica shirts are limited in supply and we expect there will be a big demand for them from England fans.”