Dan Carter Interview ‘Moving to France was exactly what I needed as a player. It is not easy here’

Taken from The Times newspaper

Dan Carter tells Owen Slot in Paris that he has found a second life with Racing 92, more than three years after a sequence of injuries wrecked his body and left him close to retirement


Into the fractured debate about the pros and cons of playing in France, walks Dan Carter, World Cup-winner, world player of the year and, here in Paris, about as marketable a face of the overseas experience as you could find. Carter will sell you France without actually intending to, and that’s not only because he is a foodie and recently spent four hours with his wife on the tasting menu at what is now one of his favourite restaurants in the world.

We meet at the training ground of his new club, Racing 92, south of the Paris périphérique. He and his young family live midway between the club and the city. “It’s easy to go into Paris on your days off,” he says. His eyes light up. “We are really getting into the cuisine.”

And yes, maybe, with World Cups, cuisine and a million-euro contract, contentment is inevitable. Yet Carter, 34, is not here to get fat on the spoils of his extraordinary success. The game remains his driver.

After the World Cup, the All Blacks splintered. Some have just returned to Super Rugby, some retired. Carter is in decent contact with one of the retirees, Richie McCaw, who is deep into 24-hour adventure racing (“He’ll never rest his body and put his feet up. He is 100mph with everything.”)

Carter could have gone down a gear himself, but he came here for a different challenge. He is fascinating, in this interview, about the relentlessness of the game and how it wore him down to the extent that, three years ago, he nearly walked away from it completely. France has recharged him.


“You can sometimes get set in your ways as to how things should be done,” he explains. “Different opinions, different insight can only help with how you play. Some guys thrive upon it and others don’t, probably because they are so set in stone with how they think things should be done. So it’s all about adapting and learning. It is great for a player’s growth.”

Adapting and learning abroad — these are options denied to England players. Carter is not looking, here, to make political statements on that subject, but he does make simple, straightforward sense. Rugby players are tired machines who plough the same weary furrow year-in, year-out. “And every year, it’s getting more demanding,” he says.

Seven years ago, he came to Perpignan for a first crack at the French experience. “It was good for me,” he says. “I just needed a new challenge. I was 27, a good six or seven years into playing at the top level. I just needed a change, something refreshing and that opportunity came about. I wanted to grow my rugby. I thought playing in a different competition would help.”

That attempt was frustrated by an achilles injury, but it persuaded him to come back for more. His French isn’t yet good enough. “I can start a conversation,” he says. “I am just really struggling to understand when they talk to me. It just goes over my head.”

So at training, he will often have Ronan O’Gara, the former Ireland player and now a Racing coach, standing next to him, translating. “Ronan’s good; he does all his presentations in French,” he says. “He’s a bit of a sounding board for me. If I want to talk about the game, I’ll talk to him and he’ll talk to the coaches for me. You get used to it. You can’t come in here and try and change everything to the way we do it back home.

“You have to fit it. There can be frustrations at times with the way they do things, but you can’t get frustrated, you have to adapt, it’s a new challenge, that’s one reason I came here, to test myself out of my comfort zone. Playing for the Crusaders for so long, you know what to expect. This is not easy, but it is exactly what I needed.” He says that he was “bracing” himself a bit for the French rugby culture. When he was in Perpignan, he was astonished by, for instance, forwards in the showers slapping each other round the face in a pre-match build-up. “That’s the complete opposite to what we are like at home,” he says. “But at Racing, it’s not so bad.”

The rugby in France has changed too, he says. The Top 14 is routinely slated for being a forwards-based collision game, yet he has been “pleasantly surprised.” In 2009 at Perpignan, he says, “the game was very forward-orientated, kicks for the corners. Yes, the game is a little slower here than back home. But the willingness for teams to use the ball more is something I’ve really noticed. They have the intent to play, more than seven years ago, which is really encouraging. If the opportunity is there inside your 22, most teams would take it now. Back then, it was frowned upon.”

One element that he has really enjoyed is a return to one of the traditions of rugby life. “Here,” he says, “they still have the team spirit values. You’ve worked hard all week together, after a game, you’ve got to celebrate your success. In New Zealand, the game is so professional, you don’t often have a beer after a game, you are immediately concentrating on the next game. Here, you enjoy a good night together. Not every week. It might only be one or two beers in the changing room. But that’s why I played the game: the enjoyment, the team spirit.”

He also enjoys the Kiwi-fication of the Top 14. “Every week, you are up against ex-team-mates or good friends,” he says. Joe Rokocoko is his Racing team-mate. “Sitiveni Sivivatu, one of my good mates and ex-team-mates from years ago — I hadn’t seen him in years and it was good to catch up with him last weekend when we played Castres. That happens pretty much every week.”

The big one is Toulon. They have been sharing top spot in the Top 14 with Racing this season. They also have another world champion, Ma’a Nonu, in the midfield. Racing will play them twice in the next five weeks, the second of those a European Champions Cup quarter-final.

“I’m good mates with Ma’a Nonu,” he says. “They just have so many quality players there. The team is stacked full of superstars.”

Interestingly, one of the reasons Carter opted to join Racing ahead of Toulon was the ethos. “Racing has a huge emphasis on their academy,” he says. “A lot of players have come through the academy. That is healthy for Racing and for French rugby and I think more clubs should have similar vision.”

What is striking is Carter’s genuine appetite for his new world. He doesn’t sugarcoat it; he isn’t impressed with the size of the Racing crowds (they average less than 8,000 in the Top 14) and doesn’t mind saying so.

Yet it does all feel like the second life he thought he’d never have. In 2013, he reminds you, he collected so many injuries “to the extent that I was about to retire.”

“It was mind games. I just didn’t have any confidence in my body,” he says. “I’d be thinking: with the career I’d had, I’d achieved so much, it would be easy to walk away from the game, hang up my boots and still be really proud.

“You put on a brave face, everyone asks how you are and you say, you’re good even though you might not be. It’s part of the rugby environment. You’d often hide from your team-mates how you are feeling. I wasn’t even telling the coaches how I was feeling.”

The next year was not a lot better. Aaron Cruden established himself as the All Blacks No 10 with Beauden Barrett and Colin Slade making up a cast of rivals. “The frustrating thing,” Carter says, “was I wasn’t able to stake my claim for the position because I was injured. These young guys were coming through and playing really well and I was helping and supporting them, but not able to show my worth because I was always injured.”

Even this time last year, the start of World Cup year, his confidence was shot. “In the first half of the Super Rugby season, the only satisfaction I’d get was getting through the 80 minutes. Without even wanting to perform well for the team, that was all I was worried about. After about seven games in a row, I was finally: ‘OK, let’s actually start adding to this team, start playing well.’ So I started setting myself goals of what I wanted to achieve in the games.”

In April, Cruden was then injured, and would miss the World Cup. Thus the question: was there not a part of you that thought ‘Good, I am now in pole position’? “I hadn’t really thought about it like that,” he answers. “I do remember when he got injured I felt: ‘Hold on, I am going to have to step up here. I need to contribute a lot more than I had done the previous two years. I have to step up to the challenge’. ”

It is fair to say he succeeded there. It is also very evident that, having come through that challenge, he has the energy and desire to address another.

The truth about England’s World Cup humiliation against Wales

Special report by Owen Slot

From The Times Newspaper 10th March 2016

Saturday brings us back to where it all happened, where the blood was shed. It was Australia who delivered the killer blow, knocking England out of the World Cup, but it was Wales who did the real damage.

We return to another instalment of England v Wales at Twickenham with recent history significantly influencing the present. We will never know what would have happened had Chris Robshaw gone for that kick, whether Stuart Lancaster would still be in the job, whether the Eddie era may never have started. Hey, it’s unlikely, but England could have won that World Cup.


Nearly six months on, a rummage through the ashes of England’s World Cup campaign reveals the following:

• When Warren Gatland, the Wales head coach, and his assistants, heard the team that England had selected, they were astonished. They felt the pressure was getting to England.

• The All Blacks had long been tracking England, in the likelihood the two teams would meet in the knockout stages. When they heard the England team, there was a similar sense of amazement.

• The England management felt that they were refereed out of the game. Before the World Cup was over, they had received notification from Joël Jutge, the World Cup head of referees acknowledging that four of the penalties against England were awarded in error.

• After the game, the England players did not even feel physically spent. They had experienced more intense training sessions. The stop-start nature of the game had never allowed their fitness and conditioning to play a part.

England’s team selection remains the controversy. Lancaster had an injury to Jonathan Joseph, at No 13, to cover; his solution was to change completely the 10-12-13. George Ford was dropped, Owen Farrell came in at No 10 with Sam Burgess and Brad Barritt at 12 and 13.

The All Blacks’ fear had been that England were stumbling towards their best back division. Their concern was that Henry Slade was the next man in and that, by the knockout rounds, England would settle on what they saw as the dream-team combination of Ford-Slade-Joseph. When England went concertedly in the other direction, they were delighted.

In the England camp, in the lead-up to the game, even some of the players were concerned about where the tries were going to come from. Lancaster, though, bore in mind a training game when Farrell-Burgess-Slade had carved up Ford-Luther Burrell-Joseph. He also saw the yardage Ford had conceded in his soak-tackles the previous weekend against Fiji. Farrell-Burgess would, he said, be the hardest selection decision of his life. To this day, he is defined by it.

For all the controversy, though, that selection was no failure. Farrell was one of England’s best players that night; Burgess did his job.

The most damaging man on the pitch for England was Jérôme Garcès, the French referee. England were dominant in the set piece and controlled the game for the first 50 minutes but they could not build a big lead. Wales had one threatening break in the first half — Scott Williams caught Burgess out of position defensively — and when Mike Brown tackled him and competed for the ball, he was penalised.

This was one of the penalties Jutge would later clarify was a mistake. Yet Dan Biggar, the Wales fly half, snaffled three points. That was how Wales managed to hang in the game.

“Never in my life had I been so nervous in the build-up to a game,” Biggar recalls. “But when I got to the ground, the nerves melted away.” Indeed, Biggar did not miss anything.

Garcès’s whistle did not hit England only on the scoreboard. England’s conditioning programme had been based on stamina and high tempo; they wanted a long ball-in-play time to run oppositions into the ground. However, Garcès never gave them the chance. A good ball-in-play time is more than 40 minutes; that night they got 34 minutes.

The momentum started to shift around the hour-mark. There was an England maul from which Wales defended and gained a turnover. From the ref mike, you could hear Gareth Davies, the Wales No 9, exhorting his team-mates, telling them: “That’s a game-changer.” Davies still recalls it. “I remember thinking we were in a better place. A lot of their forwards were blowing, a few of them were on the floor, struggling a bit.”

England deny they were remotely struggling. The only thing they could not contain was the psychology of a momentum swing.

Lancaster is widely criticised for taking off the very man who he is criticised for putting on it — Burgess. And his substitution certainly failed. The thinking was sound — Ford for Burgess gave England two kickers, and Wales had already exposed Burgess in defence — but it meant that Jamie Roberts immediately ran at Ford and had the same success as the Fijians. Wales’ confidence grew further.

Their miracle try — scored by Gareth Davies — followed. Then Brown conceded another penalty (another one Jutge confirmed was in error) and England were chasing a game they should have closed out. The contest is crystallised in the 77th minute: that penalty, Robshaw’s decision, the safety of the draw versus the gamble of the lineout.

The decision not to kick for goal still haunts England. Before the game, it had been agreed that although a victory was the priority, the draw was not a failure. Robshaw gambled on the win and later acknowledged that he got this wrong.

The reason the decision to go for the win was particularly ballsy was that Geoff Parling, the England lineout captain, had done his analysis of Wales and found that they were outstanding at defending the driving maul. He could not find in the previous two years a single try conceded.

The reason Parling has been criticised for calling the lineout to Robshaw at the front was because the front is easiest to drive back into touch. This, however, does Parling an injustice. He called the “shift drive” lineout to the front, the intention being that the front man sucks in the maul defence, but immediately shifts the ball out for the drive to form away from the majority of defenders.

A decent plan. It was undone because Robshaw was being driven backwards before he had hit the ground — which is illegal — and so the shift never happened. Of all the refereeing decisions that went against England, this was the costliest. The big gamble failed. It should have won England another penalty. Instead it saved Wales the game.

The ghastly silence of the England dressing room afterwards was broken by the sound of Welsh celebration; down the corridor, Welsh players and management belted out Lawr Ar Lan y Mor. The English felt mentally exhausted but never physically so.

The singing continued all the way down the M4 to Wales. At 3am, back at their hotel, it stopped; cryotherapy before bed — such is the way of the modern professional. The World Cup, though, was dying for England. They would never sleep well again.

Classic Rugby Jerseys – Leinster Rugby Shirts

Leinster Official Canterbury Home Rugby Union Shirt from the 2002/03 season

Shirt ConditionExcellent condition, no pulls or bobbles

Size Adults Large, armpit to armpit 22 inches

Made by Canterbury

Features – Crest is embroidered

Details – Shirt as worn when the club reached the Semi Finals of the Heineken Cup losing to Perpignan 21-14

Players included Brian O’Driscoll, Girvan Dempsey, Leo Cullen, Reggie Corrigan, Denis Hickie and Aidan Kearney



2005 2006 Leinster Rugby Union Shirt Adults Large



Leinster Official Canterbury Home
Rugby Union Shirt from the 2005/06 season

Shirt ConditionVery good condition, no pulls or bobbles

Size Adults Large, armpit to armpit 22 inches

Made by Canterbury

Features – Crest is embroidered

Notes – Shirt as worn when the club came 2nd in the Celtic League

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Leinster Rugby – Isa Nacewa “We will chase title as hard as ever”

Article from The Times 5/3/16


Isa Nacewa insists that the Guinness PRO12 has never been so demanding, but the Leinster captain knows that winning their fifth league title is the only way they can make up for their traumatic Champions Cup campaign.

The New Zealander came out of his two-year retirement with the sole focus of chasing more trophies to add to the three Heineken Cups, Challenge Cup and PRO12 title that he won in his first spell with the province.

However, losing five matches and finishing bottom of their Champions Cup pool was not what the 33-year-old envisioned, when he agreed to leave his post as mental skills coach with the Auckland Blues.

“We’re still a week-by-week team, but failing in Europe really gives you a chance to reset the clock and reset your mind about what you think a successful season is,” Nacewa told The Times.

“From the coaches all the way down to the players, failing in Europe was tough and as captain it was equally as tough, but you’ve got to reset your mind and ask: what does a successful season look like? We will chase the PRO12 as hard as we do every other year, but there’s a little bit more [determination] in this year. Everyone’s standing up and taking their opportunity which is encouraging.”

In 2013 Leinster also failed to emerge from a tough European pool and they rebounded to win the PRO12 and the Challenge Cup in a season that Nacewa believed was his last as a player. But a lot has changed since then, not only at Leinster where iconic players have retired and coaches have departed, but the PRO12 is now a different beast where clubs have to finish in the top six in order to guarantee their place in the Champions Cup.

Leinster may be just one point behind Connacht, the league leaders, with a game in hand, but Nacewa admits that the current tournament has an unprecedented intensity to it.

“It’s certainly far harder than when I left. The margins of how one game can change the shape of the table — particularly with Connacht having a stand-out, sterling season — are evident. We’re seeing now that even bonus points are affecting the shape of the competition all the way through to the play-offs,” Nacewa said.

Voted in as captain by his team-mates, Nacewa offers an experienced voice which is vitally important during the international windows when Leinster are missing their Ireland players. It’s a role which Leo Cullen, the head coach, places a great value on. “It’s a huge help to have that stability, continuity and Isa’s leadership qualities,” Cullen said.

After returning from retirement, Nacewa insisted there were no doubts in his mind that he could still contribute at a high level. The full back even claimed that he stayed in better shape as a coach then he had been as a player.

“I went from one rugby environment into another and the benefit was that the guys I was training with were other trainers, who are a special breed and who do things at another level.”

Despite the absence of world-class overseas signings at Leinster in recent years, Nacewa believes that the recruitment of Robbie Henshaw, the Ireland centre, will raise the standards at Leinster, who are already benefitting from the relentless output of their own academy.


“Robbie’s a world-class player, I can’t wait to meet him and then play alongside him,” Nacewa said. “He will have a big impact on the squad and all us players here love the fact that getting somebody of Robbie’s quality adds more competition. We’re a very competitive squad already, so it’s only going to do good things for us.”

Another presence that brings the best out of Leinster comes to the RDS today in the shape of the Ospreys. The Welsh region can match Leinster’s four league titles while two of their championship wins have come at the province’s expense. Twice, in 2010 and 2012, Ospreys came to the RDS as underdogs and snatched the trophy from under Leinster’s noses, but it is the most recent of those encounters that still haunts Nacewa.

The Aucklander scored two tries in a game that Leinster led by eight points at half-time, and by nine with eight minutes remaining, but a penalty goal from Dan Biggar and converted try from Shane Williams delivered more heartbreak for the Irish side.

“That one really hurt,” Nacewa says. “When I had 18 months off, I got to process and think back and when I reflected, that defeat was one of the most – if not the most – painful to accept. To this day, it stings.”

The Welsh region have gone toe-to-toe with Leinster for a decade and that means that when the fixtures are announced, Ospreys join Munster alongside the dates that the province’s players check first.

“Ospreys are always at the top of the list no matter what. We’ve had such a dogged history with them over the last seven, eight years, it’s always one of the hardest fixtures on the calendar so we never take them lightly. Look at the players they’ve got back, look at the players they’ve got away in the Six Nations, they’ve a really solid squad,” Nacewa said.

“They had a slow start to the season but Ospreys, being Ospreys, have turned the pin in the past two months and had some really strong victories, so you can never take them lightly.”


Leinster: Z Kirchner; F McFadden, G Ringrose, B Te’o, I Nacewa (capt); I Madigan, E Reddan; C Healy, S Cronin, M Ross; R Molony, M Kearney; R Ruddock, D Leavy, J Murphy. Replacements: R Strauss, P Dooley, T Furlong, H Triggs, D Ryan, L McGrath, C Marsh, N Reid.

Ospreys: D Evans; J Hassler, J Matavesi, O Watkin, B John; S Davies, R Webb (capt); N Smith, S Parry, D Arhip; T Ardron, R Thornton, J King, O Cracknell, D Baker. Replacements: S Otten G Thomas, M Fia, A Beard, J Bearman, T Habberfield, J Spratt, T Grabham.

Referee: I Davies (WRU).

Kick-off: 3pm (The RDS), live on Sky Sports 1.

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Old Ireland Rugby Shirts, Vintage Old Ireland Jerseys

Just attempting to put together list of old Ireland rugby shirts to ascertain season they are from


The first one is by Cotton Traders titled Cotton Traders Classics and is a remake of the shirts worn in the 1970s


This is a rare shirt by Canterbury from the 1985/87 seasons below


This jersey made by Cotton Oxford from 1989/90




1992/93 by Umbro, presumable a training shirt


1993/95 by Nike


1998/99 by Nike below


Year 2000 shirt below again by Nike


2006/07 by Canterbury below


2007/09 by Canterbury


2011 Rugby World Cup Shirt by Puma


This will be added to over time


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Vintage Old Gloucester Rugby Jerseys


Over the years we have sold a lot of rugby shirts at www.classicrugbyshirts.com

One of the most popular club shirts have been and still is Gloucester Rugby

Check out the current ones on sale at Classic Rugby Shirts at the moment here:


I am trying to get a history together of old Gloucester rugby shirts from the recent past for reference and I list below a small selection of the many we have had over the years together with some photos of shirts that we have never had. In my opinion the best are the ones from the 1990’s made by Cotton Oxford, see below

Shirt below is from 1987/88 worn by John Brain

Gloucester 13 Wasps 24

1990 shirt below, sponsorship moving in with Bass patch on chest


Mike Teague c1991



Team photo 1991/92



Home Shirt 1992/93 made by Hasbro


Damian Cummins, shirt below has white shoulder rather than red



Away shirt from 1993/94  below, this made by Umbro


1995/96 Home below made by Cotton Oxford


1995/96 away below


1996/97 below, again Cotton Oxford

Shirt was produced just as sponsorship came in. Due to the hold up in Eagle Star being appointed, shirts were issued without the Eagle Star logo for a short period of circa 3 months and therefore shirt more difficult to get hold of


Shirt from 1996/97 below with Eagle Star sponsor


1997/98 Home below this time same shirt by Cotton Oxford but with different sponsor – Westbury


1997/98 Away below


2002/03 Away Shirt. This shirt is player issue


2011/13 by Kooga below


2012/13 Away/ 3rd shirt – Kooga


I will be adding to this list over time

If you have any interesting Gloucester rugby shirt photos, let me know

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Benetton Treviso Rugby 2007/08 Match Worn Jersey

This is a Benetton Treviso Official Errea Rugby shirt
from the 2007/08 season

Cloth Patch Number 8 on the back

Believed to be Match Worn, size tag denotes XXL – 8, believed to relate to number of player

Number of sponsor patches on this heavyweight shirt

Shirt is in very good condition, some light marks next to crest

Adults Size XXL

Armpit to armpit 24 inches


Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff TB LB Pts
England London Irish (2) 6 5 0 1 25 10 +15 182 100 +82 4 0 24
France Perpignan (7) 6 5 0 1 20 7 +13 171 79 +92 2 0 22
Wales Newport Gwent Dragons 6 1 0 5 16 22 −6 117 191 −74 2 2 8
Italy Benetton Treviso 6 1 0 5 8 30 −22 107 207 −100 0 1 5
9 November 2007
Perpignan France 23–19 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Tries: Guirado 19′ c
Tuilagi 72′ c
Con: Rosalen (2)
Pen: Rosalen (3) 9′, 40′, 46′
Report Tries: Wyatt 14′ m
Bearman 62′ c
Sweeney 77′ c
Con: Sweeney (2)
Stade Aime Giral, Perpignan
Attendance: 10,250
Referee: Alan Lewis (Ireland)
10 November 2007
London Irish England 42–9 Italy Benetton Treviso
Tries: Leguizamón 23′ m
Richards (2) 37′ m, 80′ m
Hewat 47′ c
D. Armitage 57′ c
de Vedia 65′ m
S. Armitage 74′ m
Con: Hewat (2)
Pen: Hewat 10′
Report Pen: Goosen (3) 8′, 25′, 53′
Madejski Stadium, Reading
Attendance: 6,771
Referee: Tim Hayes (Wales)

17 November 2007
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 17–45 England London Irish
Tries: Owen 35′ c
Jones 68′ c
Con: Sweeney (2)
Pen: Sweeney 22′
Report Tries: de Vedia (2) 10′ c, 15′ c
Catt 17′ c
D. Armitage (2) 28′ c, 74′ c
Kennedy 48′ c
Con: Hewat (6)
Pen: Hewat 8′
Rodney Parade, Newport
Attendance: 6,132
Referee: Christophe Berdos (France)
17 November 2007
Benetton Treviso Italy 17–29 France Perpignan
Try: de Jager 30′ m
Pen: Goosen (4) 3′, 12′, 59′, 75′
Report Tries: Vaki 40′ m
Chouly 42′ c
Plante 68′ c
Ladhuie 79′ c
Con: Rosalen (2)
Pen: Rosalen 14′

8 December 2007
Benetton Treviso Italy 33–35 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Tries: De Gregori 40+2′ c
Borges 50′ c
Sgarbi 59′ c
Con: Goosen (3)
Pen: Goosen (4) 13′, 18′, 64′, 67′
Report Tries: Charvis 19′ c
R. Thomas 21′ m
Gomer-Davies 33′ c
Mustoe 42′ c
Con: Sweeney (3)
Pen: Sweeney (2) 8′, 16′
Drop: Sweeney 72′
Stadio Comunale di Monigo, Treviso
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Rob Debney (England)
9 December 2007
London Irish England 24–16 France Perpignan
Tries: Casey 21′ m
Penalty try 60′ c
Con: Hewat
Pen: Hewat (4) 18′, 51′, 75′, 80+3′
Report Try: Plante 46′ c
Con: Porical
Pen: Porical (3) 2′, 30′, 40+1′
Madejski Stadium, Reading
Attendance: 8,301
Referee: Malcolm Changleng (Scotland)

15 December 2007
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 22–24 Italy Benetton Treviso
Tries: Charvis 32′ c
Bearman 46′ c
R. Thomas 69′ m
Con: Sweeney (2)
Drop: Sweeney 78′
Report Tries: De Gregori 19′ m
Kingi 57′ c
Con: Goosen
Pen: Goosen (4) 5′, 50′, 76′, 80′
Rodney Parade, Newport
Attendance: 4,516
Referee: Andrew Small (England)
15 December 2007
Perpignan France 23–6 England London Irish
Tries: Manas 56′ c
Hines 78′ c
Con: Rosalen
Pen: Rosalen (3) 10′, 42′, 73′
Report Pen: Hewat (2) 31′, 53′
Stade Aime Giral, Perpignan
Attendance: 11,230
Referee: Carlo Damasco (Italy)

12 January 2008
London Irish England 41–24 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Tries: Thorpe (3) 12′ c, 47′ m, 76′ c
Hickey 17′ c
Geraghty 26′ c
Hewat 37′ m
Con: Hewat (3)
Pen: Hewat 5′
Report Tries: Fussell 32′ c
Daly 51′ m
Wyatt 57′ m
Sweeney 67′ c
Con: Sweeney (2)
Madejski Stadium, Reading
Attendance: 8,277
Referee: Peter Allen (Scotland)
12 January 2008
Perpignan France 55–13 Italy Benetton Treviso
Tries: Britz 11′ m
Durand 27′ c
Guirado (3) 43′ c, 57′ c, 65′ c
Cusiter 70′ c
Álvarez Kairelis 80+5′ c
Con: Rosalen (4)
Montgomery (2)
Pen: Rosalen 5′
Report Try: Van Zyl 40+2′ c
Con: Goosen
Pen: Goosen (2) 23′, 34′
Stade Aime Giral, Perpignan
Attendance: 9,500
Referee: Tim Hayes (Wales)

19 January 2008
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 0–25 France Perpignan
Report Tries: Grandclaude 29′ c
Marty 75′ m
Plante 80+4′ c
Con: Montgomery (2)
Pen: Montgomery 13′
Rodney Parade, Newport
Attendance: 5,496
Referee: Rob Debney (England)
19 January 2008
Benetton Treviso Italy 11–24 England London Irish
Try: de Jager 75′ m
Pen: Goosen (2) 42′, 47′
Report Tries: Richards 22′ m
de Vedia 33′ c
Hewat (2) 36′ m, 80+9′ c
Con: Hewat (2)





England 1993 to 1995 Rugby Jersey

This is an England Rugby Shirt from the 1993/95 seasons by Cotton Traders. This jersey had colour (like the previous 1991/92 version) with red and blue stripes down the sleeves with dark blue cuffs and collar.



5 Nations Table from 1994 below

Position Nation Games Points Table
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1  Wales 4 3 0 1 78 51 +27 6
2  England 4 3 0 1 60 49 +11 6
3  France 4 2 0 2 84 69 +25 4
4  Ireland 4 1 1 2 49 70 −21 3
5  Scotland 4 0 1 3 38 70 −32 1

Scotland 1999 2000 Rugby Jersey Old Vintage Shirt

This is a rare Scotland Official Cotton Oxford Rugby Union Shirt
from the 1999/2000 season

Crest & sponsors logo are embroidered. Truly a brilliant shirt allowing you to look good and relive Scotlands glory days of the late 1990’s


Scotland won the 1999 5 Nations, see all the results and table below

Week 1

6 February 1999
Ireland  9 – 10  France
Pen: Humphreys (3) Report Try: Dourthe
Con: Castaignède
Pen: Castaignède
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 49,000
Referee: P Marshall (Australia)

6 February 1999
Scotland  33 – 20  Wales
Tries: Townsend
S. Murray
Con: Logan (2)
Pen: Logan (2)
report Tries: James
Con: Jenkins (2)
Pen: Jenkins (2)
Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
Attendance: 67,500
Referee: E Morrison (England)

Week 2

20 February 1999
England  24 – 21  Scotland
Tries: Beal
Con: Wilkinson (3)
Pen: Wilkinson
Report Tries: Tait (2)
Con: Logan (3)
Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance: 75,000

20 February 1999
Wales  23 – 29  Ireland
Tries: Howarth
C. Quinnell
Con: Jenkins (2)
Pen: Jenkins (3)
Report Tries: Maggs
Con: Humphreys (2)
Pen: Humphreys (3)
Drop: Humphreys (2)

Week 3

6 March 1999
France  33 – 34  Wales
Tries: Ntamack (3)
Con: Castaignède (2)
Pen: Castaignède (3)
Report Tries: James
C. Quinnell
Con: Jenkins (2)
Pen: Jenkins (5)
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 78,724

6 March 1999
Ireland  15 – 27  England
Pen: Humphreys (4)
Report Tries: Perry
Con: Wilkinson
Pen: Wilkinson (4)
Drop: Grayson

Jim Fleming (Scotland)

Week 4

20 March 1999
England  21 – 10  France
Pen: Wilkinson (7) Report Try: Comba
Con: Castaignède
Pen: Castaignède

20 March 1999
Scotland  30 – 13  Ireland
Tries: C. Murray (2)
Con: Logan (2)
Pen: Logan (2)
Report Try: David Humphreys
Con: Humphreys
Pen: Humphreys (2)

Week 5

10 April 1999
France  22 – 36  Scotland
Tries: Ntamack
Con: Aucagne (2)
Pen: Aucagne
Report Tries: Tait (2)
Leslie (2)
Con: Logan (4)
Pen: Logan

11 April 1999
Wales  32 – 31  England
Tries: Howarth
Con: Jenkins (2)
Pen: Jenkins (6)
Tries: Luger
Con: Wilkinson (2)
Pen: Wilkinson (4)


Position Nation Games Points Table
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference Tries
1  Scotland 4 3 0 1 120 79 +41 16 6
2  England 4 3 0 1 103 78 +25 8 6
3  Wales 4 2 0 2 109 126 −17 9 4
4  Ireland 4 1 0 3 66 90 −24 3 2
5  France 4 1 0 3 75 100 −25 9 2