19 Sep 2014

England rugby apologises over VC use

12:01 pm on 19 September 2014

England's Rugby Football Union has apologised for any offence caused by the new England playing kit, which incorporates the design of the Victoria Cross.

The shirts were launched this week, but Victoria Cross Trust chairman Gary Stapleton criticised the RFU for their lack of contact over the emblem's use.

Stapleton claimed the move has "touched a raw nerve with a lot of people".

In an RFU statement they said they'd like to apologise to those who may have taken offence with their new kit.

England will wear the new Canterbury-manufactured shirt, which features rubber grips shaped in the Victoria Cross emblem, for the first time against world champions New Zealand at Twickenham on November 9th.

England rugby jersery with the Victoria Cross

England rugby jersey with the Victoria Cross Photo: Canterbury NZ

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

The RFU statement added they'll be contacting the Victoria Cross Trust and the Victoria Cross and George Cross Association to see how we can also support their worthwhile work going forwards.