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According to popular myth, it was William Webb Ellis, a young student at Rugby School in Warwickshire, England, who invented rugby in 1823 by defiantly picking up the ball during a soccer match. Like all myths, this has been disputed. Who picked up the rugby sweater and transformed it into a fashion staple is, on the other hand, pretty clear. In 1973 GANT introduced the Rugger, a sport shirt with broad, horizontal stripes or “hoops”. It was launched without any promotion or advertising and became an instant classic.


Rugby is undoubtedly one of the toughest sports in the world and the durability of a rugby shirt must therefore be exceptional. All GANT ruggers are made out of the highest quality cotton featuring rubber buttons originally designed to increase durability and safety during rugby tackles. The collar has a lined seam to protect the neck from being chafed. A GANT rugger will probably outlast most things in your wardrobe.


Rubber buttons don't break. Not from rugby tackles or washing machines.

 

Design and quality that lasts - you'll be able to pass it on to your grandchildren

 

From 1973 and forward GANT have made Ruggers in numerous cuts, colors and patterns.

 


Styles have come and gone. In the 80's many wore their Rugger oversixed with layers of shirts underneath

 


But the idea has always been the same: high quality and classic design.
Above: Rugger from the GANT by Michael Bastian Spring/Summer 2012 collection