6 of the best rugby shirts (to wear off the field)

Get the ruck look...

With the Six Nations in full swing, is it time to turn to rugby for some style inspiration? No, we’re not talking uncomfortably tight shorts or cumbersome head guards. Instead, we’re keen to champion the humble rugby shirt. 

"The rugby shirt has several design quirks that may be functional on the field, but are fashionable off..."

Commonly long-sleeved, with a button-neck and stiffer collar than the softer, sports-derived polo shirt, the rugby shirt has several design quirks that may be functional on the field, but are fashionable off. The smaller collar, for example, was initially designed so there is less material for potential tacklers to grab. They are also crafted from stronger material for hardiness.

So as the Six Nations charge on, here are our favourite six rugby shirts you can buy, to add a little sport, strength and style to your wardrobe this spring.

Polo Ralph Lauren Contrast-Trimmed Shirt

6 of the best rugby shirts (to wear off the field)

Kicking off proceedings comes Ralph Lauren, the king of sporting designs. Even if your rugby days are over, there are certain pieces of kit you needn’t retire, and this staggeringly simple shirt is one of them. Cut from lightweight loopback cotton-jersey and with a contrast white twill collar, it scores on style without being too try-hard.

6 of the best rugby shirts (to wear off the field)

Polo Ralph Lauren Contrast-Trimmed Shirt

£120

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Kent & Curwen Appliqued Jersey Shirt

6 of the best rugby shirts (to wear off the field)

Kent & Curwen started out more than 90 years ago as an outfitter for collegiate sports clubs and now counts renowned footballer David Beckham as a brand partner. Modelled after vintage rugby uniforms, this cotton-jersey polo shirt has a contrasting twill collar and is appliquéd with the label’s signature English rose.

6 of the best rugby shirts (to wear off the field)

Kent & Curwen Appliqued Jersey Shirt

£105

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The Elder Statesman Slim-Fit Striped Sweater

6 of the best rugby shirts (to wear off the field)

Modelled after traditional rugby jerseys, The Elder Statesman’s cashmere sweater is boldly striped with tonal-blues contrasted by a muted orange collar. Designed for a slim fit, it’s a soft, insulating staple to rely on at the weekend.

6 of the best rugby shirts (to wear off the field)

The Elder Statesman Slim-Fit Striped Sweater

£800

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J. Crew Cotton-Jersey Rugby Shirt

6 of the best rugby shirts (to wear off the field)

Housed in J.Crew’s New York City HQ you’ll find an entire library dedicated to unique colours created by the brand each season. The one that decorates this shirt is called ‘Rock Red’ and contrasts nicely with the cream, reminding us of retro rugby tops.

6 of the best rugby shirts (to wear off the field)

J. Crew Cotton-Jersey Rugby Shirt

£75

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Gucci Embroidered Wool Rugby Shirt

6 of the best rugby shirts (to wear off the field)

Gucci’s striped polo shirt is modelled after traditional rugby jerseys. Creative Director Alessandro Michele gives this sporty style his own eclectic spin by embroidering the back with the name ‘Thanatos’, known as the personification of death in ancient Greek mythology. It’s spun from soft wool, making it an insulating choice during cold spells.

6 of the best rugby shirts (to wear off the field)

Gucci Embroidered Wool Rugby Shirt

£820

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Noah Striped Cotton Rugby Shirt

6 of the best rugby shirts (to wear off the field)

Helmed by Supreme vet Brendon Babenzien, Noah is committed to ethical sourcing and production practices, making it even more sought-after on the streetwear scene. This rugby shirt has been made in Canada from cotton-jersey and is detailed with sustainable buttons in order to reduce plastics waste – style with a conscience, and craftsmanship unrivalled.

6 of the best rugby shirts (to wear off the field)

Noah Striped Cotton Rugby Shirt

£130

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