24/09/2013 05:22 BST | Updated 24/09/2013 05:22 BST

England's New Rugby Kit 'Inspired By War Of The Roses' (PICTURES)

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: Richard Wigglesworth poses during the England Alternate Kit Launch at Twickenham Stadium on September 23, 2013 in London, England. The Alternate Kit is inspired by the iconic 'The Battle of the Roses: Yorkshire v Lancashire' painting, which depicts a match between the two counties in 1893. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images for Canterbury)

England's new "alternate kit" for the autumn Tests is inspired by the War of the Roses, the Rugby Football Union has revealed.

Kit designers Canterbury, who created the appalling purple ensemble last year, have designed the red and white striped ‘1871’ collection, which pays homage to the Battle of the Roses Yorkshire versus Lancashire painting from the late 19th century.

The terrifically named Richard Wigglesworth modelled the strip, which "takes inspiration from and replicates the heritage of the painting", which is housed on the wall of the President’s Suite at Twickenham Stadium.

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England host Australia, Argentina and New Zealand at Twickenham in November.