“Nihil Praeter Optimum” (N.P.O), Latin for “nothing but the best” clearly describes the approach to creating a classic rugby shirt. The long-sleeved, short collared shirt might look like a polo, but it has a completely different origin.
According to legend, in 1823, students at the Rugby School in Central England, began playing a game that involved carrying and running around a pitch with a ball. The rules of the game were created and in 1845, the “laws of football as played at Rugby School” were established. The game eventually grew and came to be referred to as “rugby.” Early rugby uniforms were matching wool jumpers paired with white trousers. The material used to make the shirts was not ideal and it quickly became apparent that the itchy, heavy, knit jumpers were not made for sports. Other unsuccessful attempts of creating the uniforms were made until the thick cotton rugby shirt and the changing of the white trousers into white shorts.
The shirts were made from thick cotton with a short and rigid collar to withstand the punishment of the game and not rip in the scrum. Rubber buttons on the collar were added so that they wouldn’t scrape a player’s face. Originally, many rugby shirts featured one solid color, but as the sport got bigger, clubs merged and two-toned shirts were introduced as a result of the mergers between clubs with distinct primary colors. These shirts usually featured five or six horizontal stripes of alternating colors or a single large stripe across the chest.
The grit and toughness of a rugby player is a symbolic description of the OMMO APPAREL™ journey embodied in the design.
The Signature Collection vintage rugby shirt features the OMMO N.P.O. rugby badge embroidered with gold thread on the front left chest pocket area; And a larger version of the badge embroidered with gold thread on a large square navy blue patch that is sewed on the back of a 100% cotton long sleeve striped rugby shirt.