Haskell will be ready for Wasps – Classic Rugby Shirts

James Haskell is expecting to be fit for the start of next season after being injured for the 3rd Test v the Wallabies

The 31-year-old has been hampered with a broken bone in his foot recently, along with a problem with his shoulder

“We’ve been going non-stop for a year so I’m looking forward to five weeks off,” the England flanker said

“I will enjoy the time off, but I’ll be attached to an ice bag. I’ll be ready.”

Haskell was outstanding in the first two Tests, with his man-of-the-match display in the first Test one of the best of his international career.

The supporters’ player of the series says coach Eddie Jones’ man-management has given him the confidence to deliver on the biggest stage.

“He’s created an aspirational environment where people want to play,” he said. “It’s a very hard environment but also one where you smile and enjoy yourself.

“I’ve always been really interested in how people learn, how people receive feedback and people’s body language. Eddie and his coaching staff are masters of that.

“You can’t talk to all people the same way. You have to understand what motivates them and he does that really well.”

The Wasps player is one of England’s most experienced players with 70 caps, and has benefited from being one of Englands’ leaders

“The way Eddie and the other coaches have empowered the senior boys has been great. I feel respected and listened to, which is key.

“I’m so hungry to improve, and if I can help other people and use some of the experiences I’ve had of playing all around the world to help, then that’s what I try and do.”

That can only be good for Wasps next season and England

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Champions Cup Draw 2016/17 – Classic Rugby Shirts

The draw will start with the pool draw for the 2016/17 Challenge Cup at 13.00 (UK time) and the draw for the Champions Cup pools immediately afterwards.

Twenty clubs from the Aviva Premiership, the PRO12 and the TOP 14 have qualified for the 2016/17 Champions Cup. The clubs will be divided into four tiers of five and a preliminary draw will be conducted to establish Tier 1 with two of the three second-ranked clubs – Exeter Chiefs, Leinster Rugby and Toulons- joining Saracens, Connacht and Racing 92 in the top tier.

Once Tier 1 has been established, the remaining three tiers will fall into place. Tier 2 will include the three third-ranked clubs from the leagues – Wasps, Glasgow Warriors and ASM Clermont Auvergne – as well as the second-ranked club which was not drawn into Tier 1 and the fourth-ranked club from the same league as the club which was not drawn into Tier 1.

Tier 3 will include the two clubs ranked fourth which are not in Tier 2 as well as the three fifth-ranked clubs from each league – Northampton Saints, Scarlets and Toulouse.

Tier 4 is complete and contains the sixth-ranked clubs from each league – Sale Sharks, Munster Rugby and Castres Olympique – as well as Zebre Rugby and the seventh-ranked club from the TOP 14, Bordeaux-Bègles.

When the tiers are completed, the main draw for the five pools will be made, and during the draw, some clubs may have to be placed directly into a pool in order to ensure that the key principles apply.

In Tier 4, Sale Sharks will be drawn into a pool which contains one other Premiership club, and Castres Olympique and Bordeaux-Bègles will be drawn into pools which contain one other TOP 14 club. Munster cannot be drawn into a pool which contains another Irish province.

Harlequins, Cardiff Blues and Brive are confirmed among the Tier 1 clubs for the Challenge Cup draw which will be conducted on similar lines with four tiers and five pools.

In Tier 4, Bristol Rugby will be drawn into a pool which contains one other Premiership club, and Lyon and Bayonne will be drawn into pools with one other TOP 14 club.

EPCR weekends – 2016/17 season

Round 1: 13/14/15/16 October
Round 2: 20/21/22/23 October
Round 3: 8/9/10/11 December
Round 4: 15/16/17/18 December
Round 5: 12/13/14/15 January 2017
Round 6: 19/20/21/22 January 2017
Quarter-finals: 30/31 March – 1/2 April 2017
Semi-finals: 21/22/23 April 2017

Finals Edinburgh 2017
European Rugby Challenge Cup final: Friday 12 May, BT Murrayfield Stadium
European Rugby Champions Cup final: Saturday 13 May, BT Murrayfield Stadium

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Olympic sevens rugby: Great Britain face World Cup winners New Zealand

OLYMPICS – GB to face New Zealand in Olympics

Great Britain have been drawn with World Cup holders New Zealand, Kenya and Japan in Pool C as rugby sevens makes its Olympic debut in Rio.

Great Britain’s women will face Canada, Brazil and Japan, also in Pool C, in the group stage of the competition.

In the men’s tournament reigning World Series champions Fiji will play Argentina, USA and Brazil in Pool A.

Women’s world series champions Australia face the United States, Fiji and Colombia in their pool.

The 15-player version of rugby was last played at the Olympics in 1924 and sevens will appear for the first time at this summer’s Games in Brazil.

The matches will take place between 6 and 11 August, with the schedule to be announced nearer the Olympics.

The two Great Britain teams will be composed of players from England, Scotland and Wales, who normally compete as separate teams on the international circuit.

Men’s pools

Pool A: Fiji, Argentina, USA, Brazil. Pool B: South Africa, Australia, France, Spain. Pool C: New Zealand, Great Britain, Kenya, Japan.

Women’s pools

Pool A: Australia, USA, Fiji, Colombia. Pool B: New Zealand, France, Spain, Kenya. Pool C: Canada, Great Britain, Brazil, Japan.

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Clive Woodwards World XV – Classic Rugby Shirts

Back in 2003 England won the World Cup through the boot of Jonny Wilkinson and coached by Sir Clive Woodward.

Writing in the Daily Mail, the former England coach argues that England are the closest side to New Zealand’s level, but are still not near being a severe threat to the All Blacks.

“This England team won’t win the World Cup, although some of those playing in Sydney on Saturday will certainly provide the core of the team at the 2019 event in Japan,” says Woodward.

“What the class of 2016 have done is restore pride, and an appreciation of the basics, and made English rugby believe in itself again. Now they must reboot and set their sights sky-high.”

“Rugby might be a team sport but great teams are made up of exceptional individuals and England still have only two players – Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje – who I would select for a World XV. If England are going to win a World Cup, that figure needs to be nearer seven or eight.”

Clive Woodward’s World XV:

Israel Folau (Australia)
Ben Smith (NZ)
Sonny-Bill Williams (NZ)
Wesley Fofana (France)
Juan Imhoff (Argentina)
Owen Farrell (England)
Aaron Smith (NZ)
Kieran Read (NZ)
David Pocock (Australia)
Mamuka Gorgodze (Georgia)
Eben Etzebeth (SA)
Maro Itoje (England)
Ramiro Herrera (Argentina)
Dane Coles (NZ)
Marcos Ayerza (Argentina)

What are your thoughts?

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Worst Rugby Shirts Ever – Classic Rugby Shirts

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In conjunction with Sports Direct, please see the list of

Worst Rugby Shirts Ever as compiled by Sports Direct

A number of these shirts are available to buy at

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The Vodacom Bulls Camouflage Jersey from 2014 and the Stade Francais “Warhol”shirt


Stade Francais


The Ulster 2011 Heineken Cup Kit

and Sports Directs Number 1, the Namibia “Cow” Rugby Shirt


There are others that should have made this list. Let us know what you think


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This is the shop for old vintage rugby jerseys


This site attempts to provide more detail on some of the jerseys


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Old France Rugby Shirts – Vintage Rugby Jerseys

We are putting together a history of old France shirts from the recent past here at www.classicrugbyshirts.com

Check out our existing jerseys in store here


The 1996/98 shirt by Adidas


Nike Shirt c1999




Player Issue 2003/05 by Nike


More shirts will be added over the coming months


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First the France Home Rugby Shirt from 1996/98

We really like this shirt with the red hoops on the sleeves bringing something different



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