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England Reveal Victoria Cross Canterbury Kit (Pictures)

15/09/2014 15:10 BST | Updated 15/09/2014 15:59 BST

England will wear symbols of the Victoria Cross for the first time this autumn after rubber grip areas inspired by the military medal were added to the national side's new kit.

Stuart Lancaster has drawn heavily on England's rich rugby history to instil a stronger sense of national pride throughout his tenure as head coach.

The former Leeds boss created the Arthur Harrison Award, where England coaches select a winner after every match for the player producing the best defensive performance.

Harrison is England's only rugby international to be awarded the Victoria Cross, bestowed posthumously after he lost his life in the Zeebrugge raid of April 1918 in the First World War.

National teams would have to seek International Rugby Board approval to display political or religious symbols or statements on kit.

The Victoria Cross-inspired grip areas across the chest of the new England home shirt are not deemed to fall into either category.

"The new shirts have a 'ball-deadening' rubber grip area on the chest, enhancing ball control and retention. The grip shape takes inspiration from the Victoria Cross."

Lancaster's men will wear the red change kit in their autumn Test match against Samoa at Twickenham, on Saturday, November 22.