Rugby Shirts Are Officially a Fall Essential. Here Are 18 of the Best.

Way back in the day, I was asked by a burly dude in the hallway of my high school whether I might be interested in joining the rugby team. I knew exactly fuck-all about how the sport was played, other than that the players wore tiny shorts and cool shirts. With the shirts informing entirely too much of my thought process, I figured I might give it a go. Then that same dude showed up a few days later with duct tape wrapped around his skull and told me he’d gotten a concussion and a deep gash in his scalp earlier at rugby practice. So, yeah. I didn’t join the team. And honestly I didn’t give rugby shirts much thought for years afterward.

But then! Oh, shit. The rugby came marching triumphantly back onto the scene, sometimes channeling the ’90s vibe of its earlier heyday, sometimes looking like it might actually show up in a match, and sometimes looking entirely new and different. It’s been a few years since that initial comeback, and the rugby revival is showing no signs of slowing down. Which means if you haven’t already added one to your rotation, now’s the time. And if you’ve already got a few? Hell, get a few more. Just don’t wrap a head wound in duct tape. That dude from high school knew what was up with shirts, but his knowledge only extended so far.

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Rugby Shirt

Lands’ End


Not sure where to start? A (very nicely priced) solid option in an easygoing blue is a good entry point.

Samstag Stripe Rugby Shirt

Adidas Originals


Or a sporty version, of the Three Stripes.

Rugby Shirt



It doesn’t get much more fall-friendly than a toasty shade of brown. 

Rugby Polo Shirt



Why is there a raccoon on the chest? No idea. But I welcome it nonetheless.

Cord-Collar Rugby Polo

Carhartt WIP


Want to make it even more autumnal? Put a cord collar on it. 

Sykes Rugby Shirt



For all those trips up the mountain you’ve been taking. (Or all those trips around the corner to the bodega. Either way.) 

1984 Rugby Shirt



J.Crew does a classic version with a little extra something in the form of a kangaroo pocket, naturally. 

Multi-Stripe 1984 Rugby Shirt



Of course, the brand that does a little of everything also does an appropriately over-the-top take, too.

Rugby Stripe Polo



Three colors are better than one. 

Colour Block Rugby Shirt


A big, bold center-stripe option in beefy-as-hell cotton from Barbarian, a maker for actual rugby players as well as this one from (the appropriately named) KOTN.

Ruben Color-Block Rugby Shirt

Norse Projects


If stripes aren’t your thing, a color-blocked version should do you nicely. 

Rugby Shirt

Polo Ralph Lauren


“Put a pony on it” is never a bad call.

Multicolor Stripe Rugby Shirt



Noah’s stock in trade is mixing preppier staples with a bit of a skatery vibe, and this rugby encapsulates the appeal perfectly.

Constellation Rugby Shirt

Rowing Blazers


Star light, star bright. Rowing Blazers’ version is made from super-heavyweight cotton and finished with an embroidered Big Dipper to better appeal to astronomers (probably). 

Classic Rugby Shirt

Aimé Leon Dore


Of course the neo-prep masters at team ALD know how to turn out a great rugby.

Rugger Sweatshirt

Beams Plus


A rugby, but a sweatshirt—and all the better for it.

Tri Long Sleeve Rugby Polo

Noon Goons


Sometimes you want a low-key option. And though Noon Goons is well known for wild prints, the design team turns out understatement with the best of ’em. 

Logo-Print Striped Loopback Cotton-Jersey Rugby Shirt



If you’re gonna go for it, then go for it. Here’s how.

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