The First Ever "Crunch"

Rugby jersey 100% cotton, high quality

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Made in FR

3 reasons for choosing this jersey

  • The original jersey of the first ever rugby match with France versus England.
  • The quality of the beautiful hand-made knit, made in our French shops.
  • Sold in a gift box with a sticker detailing the shirt's history, written in association with the French Sports Museum.

Delivery costs

France 7,00 € - Offert à partir de 150 €
European Union 15,00 €
Other countries 30,00 €

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The history of this jersey

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The First Ever "Crunch"

The first ever crunch, or first ever rugby match with France versus England, was on the 22nd of March 1906.

It was a major event as it was also the very first time any English national sports team had travelled to the continent to play a match! The match was held at the Parc des Princes, in Paris, The French jersey had 2 large rings linked together, one blue & one red, embroidered on the chest, It was the USFSA symbol which was the most important French sports organisation of the time.

France lost the match 8 points to 35, an honorable score according to the English players «  suprised to see the French play so well at a difficult game » as one Englishman said after the match!

One originality of the match was the reunion of 3 coloured players, Georges Jérome and André Vergès for France and James "Darkie" Peters for England. It needed 21 years before the English rose stopped pricking the French. It was only in 1927, at the Colombes stadium that the French won their first victory against the English with a score of 3 to 0 !

This jersey is proudly handmade in France.


  • Hand-made in France
  • 400g original heavy brushed cotton jersey high quality
  • Original style knitting machine gauge 12
  • Rings embroidered 
  • 3 buttons front opening.
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL, 3XL, 4XL
  • Sold in a gift box detailing the shirt's history

Cleaning instructions

Machine washable at 30°C inside out, wash with like colours, risk of disgorging, gentle ironing, machine drying not recommended

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