The England rugby union are currently one of the strongest rugby union sides in Europe. They compete in the Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Italy. They have won this championship on 26 occasions and won 12 grand slams making them the most successful in the tournament. England won the Rugby World Cup for the first time in 2003 and were runners-up in 1991 and 2007.
The side played in the very first rugby international match back in 1871 against Scotland in which they lost by 1 try to nil. England dominated the Home Nations which is now the Six Nations when it started in 1883. The World Cup win in 2003, where England beat Australia 20-17, came in extra-time after Jonny Wilkinson kicked the winning drop kick. Their biggest ever win was 134-0 against Romania on the 17th of November 2001. The largest defeat was against Australia 76-0 in 1998.
England's world cup shirts are made by Nike, the big news was their decision to have an All Black change kit, something which didn't go down too well with the public in New Zealand, who felt the All Black rugby shirt was something for their team only [...]
England play in traditional white shirts and white shirts with black socks and red on the collar of sleeves. Canterbury recently took over the contract to make the English jersey, have previously been under contract with Nike and Cotton Traders. The emblem on the shirt is a red rose rather than the Three Lions, the logo of sponsor O2 is also on the kit, England play the home fixtures at the 82,00 seat stadium, Twickenham.