A Gentleman’s Game: The outrageous suit sizes of the England stars

They are superstars at rucking, mauling, sidestepping and passing but when it comes to tackling a simple tape measure, several members of the England Rugby squad found themselves having to master a whole new skillset.

With several hundred caps between them, world class rugby players George Ford, Jamie George, Billy Vunipola, Ben Youngs and Anthony Watson had their work cut out as they got to grips with the COVID-19 imposed virtual task of measuring themselves for a fitted suit.

The challenge was set as part of the premier launch of renowned British menswear retailer Charles Tyrwhitt’s new official formalwear sponsorship of England Rugby. A move that further elevates the team’s desire to take its performance to unprecedented levels, both on and off the pitch.

COVID-19 restrictions meant the players were unable to attend a formal suit fitting with the design team based at Charles Tyrwhitt’s flagship store on Jermyn Street, and instead had to find their own way to sartorial elegance via Zoom and a tape measure, being coached from the virtual touchline by an incredibly patient Charles Tyrwhitt tailor.

And the winner of the ‘Tailor’s Choice’ award for most competent ‘man of the match’ performance? Jamie George, the England and Saracens hooker who was almost too stoked and choked to comment after his post tape measure ordeal.

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As for the most stylish member of the England Rugby team? Despite it being “The best of a bad bunch”, according to Anthony Watson, and there being “Some very odd shaped lads as well” from Ben Youngs, opinion was split between England captain Owen “pretty well dressed” Farrell who obviously likes to lead the style stakes as well as the team, and Anthony Watson, who according to George Ford, “Likes spending his money on his clothes so he always looks good.” And who Ben Youngs believes, is never knowingly under-accessorised, “with a few sort of diamond earrings going on in there just to perk up his look a little.”

You can check out the highlights of how the rugby stars measure up at www.ctshirts.com/uk/rugby.

Covid-19 permitting, England Rugby will next be in action against the Barbarians at Twickenham on 25th October 2020. No doubt with their new Charles Tyrwhitt suits and shirts, England will be aiming to outscore the Barbarians in the style stakes as well as on the pitch.

About Charles Tyrwhitt

Launched in 1986, Charles Tyrwhitt makes menswear built to last, using only the finest materials sourced from every corner of the globe, including local producers in Britain.

Although it’s mostly known for making the perfect formal shirt and then offering it in one of the market’s widest varieties of styles, sizes, and fits, Charles Tyrwhitt also offers a full wardrobe that includes formal and casualwear and accessories.

The business aims to provide the best customer service and offers a full, no-questions-asked six-month guarantee.

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