19 September 2014

The Rugby Football Union new shirts feature images of the Victoria Cross in the form of rubber grips across the chest area to help deaden the impact of the ball.

The Victoria Cross Trust chairman, Gary Stapleton, had previous concerns of the use of the image on the RFU shirts but after having contact with the organisation about using the emblem. Stapleton said “The RFU has addressed my concerns and we are pleased that the Victoria Cross is gaining more awareness from this exposure, we look forward to working with the Union in the future”.

The Victoria Cross, the British and Commonwealth armed forces’ most prestigious medal, has been awarded only 1,354 times during its 158-year existence, most recently in 2012.

The new white shirt will be worn for the first time when England kick off their autumn Test schedule by hosting world champions New Zealand at Twickenham on 8 November.

About the Victoria Cross Trust

The work of the Victoria Cross Trust restoring the graves of service men can only continue with the help of the donations from the public, to donate please visit the Trust’s JustGiving page and pledge to help commemorate our nations’ heroes.

For more information please contact:

Beth Dyson

Proactive PR