The 12 Best Rugby Shirts for Classic Outdoor and Casual Style

Speciality gear and apparel made for specific outdoor activities will always have our attention but it’s not always guaranteed these items will wear well in civilian settings. Rugby shirts do. The long sleeve rugby jersey first earned its place within the world of mountain sports when Yvon Chouinard imported them into the Chouinard Equipment catalog in the early 1970s, an era in which the specialty apparel of today’s Patagonia was just coming into existence.

Take a good look at the average rugby shirt, and it’s easy to see why Yvon thought they deserved a place in the pages of his catalog. They’re affordable, stylish, and above all else, tough enough to stand up to regular scrapes against rock and ice, which isn’t so different from the brutality of a British rugby scrum!