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Fans hardly realize why England Rugby use a rose as their emblem

After 80 minutes on a muddy pitch, rugby players don’t smell the sweetest, so people wonder why England rugby wears a rose.

Judging by the looks of one or two former England first rowers, surely the British bulldog would have been more suitable!

Why England Rugby wears a rose:

So why does England Rugby wear a rose? The rose was first adopted as the emblem of England during the War of the Roses in the 15th century.

The war was between the royal house of Lancaster (whose emblem was a red rose) and the royal house of York (whose emblem was a white rose).

The war ended in 1485 when Elizabeth of York (The White Rose) married Henry VII (The Red Rose), and the two combined to create the Tudor Rose.

Another reason behind the decision to wear a red rose stems from the fact that the official color of the Rugby School is red.

This is where the game of rugby is said to have originated, and the school is very proud of this fact. Elizabeth I, who as mentioned above used a red rose as her emblem, presented the school’s founder, Lawrence Shefford, with a coat of arms in which the red rose figured prominently.

This is the version that the England rugby team have worn on their shirts since 1871.

From 1920 the design was standardized and this design was maintained until 1998, when it was modernized to the design we see today.

DID YOU KNOW? According to English superstition, if the petals of a freshly cut red rose fall off, then bad luck will soon come.


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The England team ranked from best to worst:

What we’ve done is take the “scores” of all the England players from each Autumn Nations Series game and average their score with the mighty Joe Cokanasiga at the top.

1. Joe Cokanasiga – 7

  • Argentina: 7
  • Japan: 7
  • New Zealand: N/A
  • South Africa: N/A

2. Maro Itoje – 6.87

  • Argentina: 6
  • Japan: 7.5
  • New Zealand: 7
  • South Africa: 7
Maro Itoje of England trusts the ball on a line during the Autumn International Series match between England and New Zealand at Twickenham, London on November 19, 2022 (Photo: Micah Crook/PPAUK)

3. goalie boy – 6.75

  • Argentina: N/A
  • Japan: 8.5
  • New Zealand: 5
  • South Africa: N/A

Four. Ellis Genge – 6.37

  • Argentina: 7
  • Japan: 8.5
  • New Zealand: 5
  • South Africa: 5
Ellis Genge of England is tackled by Damian de Allende of South Africa during the Autumn International Nations Series match between England and South Africa in Twickenham, London on November 26, 2022 (Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK)

5=. Sam Simmonds-6.25

  • Argentina: 5
  • Japan: 8
  • New Zealand: 7
  • South Africa: 5


5=. freddie butler6.25

  • Argentina: 6
  • Japan: 9
  • New Zealand: 6
  • South Africa: 4
England’s Freddie Steward is tackled by New Zealand’s Ardie Savea during the Autumn International Series match between England and New Zealand at Twickenham, London on November 19, 2022 (Photo: Micah Crook/PPAUK)

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