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Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 May 2007, 16:20 GMT 17:20 UK
Shirts through the years

Jason Robinson and his England team-mates display the new shirt design at Twickenham

As England's rugby union team launch a new kit for the 2007 World Cup, we look at the evolution of the shirt

Former England captain Wavell Wakefield makes his final appearance for England in Paris in 1927

Wavell Wakefield makes his final appearance for England in Paris in 1927 sporting a long-sleeved number

Bill Beaumont's England team pictured in 1981

Little has changed in the 50 years since Wakefield's day as Bill Beaumont's England team of 1981 shows

Will Carling of England dodges an Irish player in the England v Ireland match during the 1992 Five Nations Championships at Twickenham

Will Carling's England side remain in the all-white strip as they win the Five Nations Grand Slam in 1991

Mike Teague of England passes the ball during the 1991 Rugby World Cup match against Italy at Twickenham

Mike Teague displays the first addition of coloured sleeves for the 1991 World Cup in England

Rob Andrew of England releases the ball as he is tackled during the Five Nations match against Ireland

Two years later and colour returns to the strip with a bold red stripe added to the sleeves

England captain Will Carling holds his leg after getting injuried during the England v Ireland Five Nations International match at Twickenham

Carling's England side win the Triple Crown on the way to sealing the Championship in 1996 and the shirt changes again

Tim Stimpson of England in action during the Five Nations Championship game against France at Twickenham

England's shirt gains a sponsor in for the first time in 1997 as money pours into the game after it turned professional in 1995

Dean Ryan of England makes himself heard during the Five Nations Championship match for the Calcutta Cup against Scotland at Murrayfield

The colour scheme changes once more in 1998 with Dean Ryan displaying the new design in the Five Nations

England's Lawrence Dallaglio in action during the Rugby World Cup Pool B match against Italy at Twickenham

The 1999 World Cup in Wales sees the shirt revert to white as England crash out in the quarter-final to South Africa

Jonny Wilkinson in action against Ireland in the 2002 Six Nations

Jonny Wilkinson makes the number 10 shirt his own as England finish second to France in the 2002 Six Nations

England's Josh Lewsey in action against Italy in the 2003 Six Nations

England wrap up the Grand Slam in 2003 under Clive Woodward but the shirt heads for a significant change

Richard Hill displays England's new shirt in August 2003

In August 2003 England and Richard Hill reveal a revolution in shirt design as Nike's skin-tight design is launched

England captain Martin Johnson proudly displays the World Cup

England wear the shirts during the World Cup campaign and dramatic final win over Australia in November 2003

England's Dave Strettle displays the brand new England shirt in May 2007

Four years later and England's promising 23-year-old winger David Strettle reveals the most colourful design yet

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