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England unveil new alternate kit

23rd September 2013 15:03

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England Alternate Kit Launch Richard Wigglesworth

New England alternate kit: Inspired by the Battle of the Roses

The Rugby Football Union have revealed the brand new red and white striped alternate England kit for the 2013/14 season.

The jersey "which honours the proud traditions of England Rugby," is inspired by the iconic Battle of the Roses Yorkshire versus Lancashire painting from the late 19th century.

Housed on the wall of the President's Suite at Twickenham Stadium, the painting depicts a late 19th century tussle between the two counties, the game's dominant forces in its formative years.

Honouring the contribution of both teams to helping rugby become the popular sport it is today, the traditional red and white colours are brought together in the form of stripes, worn by the teams of the era, whilst drawing emphasis to the red rose, the traditional emblem of Lancashire.

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