1984 Oceania v Europe Rugby League

As a big rugby shirt collector it was disappointing not to find much information on this game, particularly as I had just obtained a Europe shirt from the game.

After only finding a sentence in the Rothmans Yearbook and having to hunt around the internet without much reward, I have decided to bring all the information on this game into one place from the details I found

To mark French Rugby League’s 50th anniversary in 1984, a combined European team took on a southern hemisphere ‘Oceania’ team in Paris. The game was played on Saturday April 14th 1984 at the Stade de la Cipalle Velodrome in Paris and attracted a paltry crowd of around 2,000.

Picture below of the Oceania squad who were captained by Wally Lewis

The match day line ups were as follows:


1 Patrick Wosniak

2 Patrick Solal

3 Philippe Fourquet

4 Ellery Hanley

5 Des Drummond

6 Andre Perez

7 Ray Ashton

8 Max Chantal

9 Thierry Bernabe

10 Dominic Baloup

11 Mick Worrall

12 Guy Laforgue

13 Joel Roosebrouck (captain)


14 Des Foy


16 Patrick Trinque

17 Steve Fenwick

COACH Louis Bonnery

The number 15 was to be Tommy David. He was named for Europe on the bench, but had to withdraw after suffering an injury while training. He was not replaced.

Europe played in a white shirt made by O’Neills

This shirt was worn by Steve Fenwick in the game


1 Robin Alsfeld

2 Kerry Boustead

3 Mal Meninga

4 Gene Miles

5 Dean Bell

6 Wally Lewis (captain)

7 Steve Mortimer

8 Kevin Tamati

9 Howie Tamati

10 Brad Tessmann

11 Wayne Pearce

12 Mark Graham

13 Ray Price


14 Shane Varley

15 Hugh McGahan

16 David Noifa

17 Ekon Togili

COACH Graham Lowe

The Oceania team wore a royal blue shirt with the southern cross in yellow. Craig Young withdrew the day before the game after learning his passport had expired. He was replaced by Brad Tessman. Kiwi, Mark Graham was vice captain, with his club, North Sydney’s selfish objections to his selection, over ruled by the International Federation.

There is very little about the game in the Rothmans Yearbook 1984/85. The entire game was given one sentence on page 22 under Memories of April as follows “The French celebrate their 50th anniversary with a Europe v Oceania match in Paris, the star studded Australasian outfit winning 54-4”

The scorers were as follows






Gene Miles 2, Hugh McGahan 2, Brad Tressmann 2, Robin Alfield, Kerry Boustead, Mark Graham, Steve Mortimer, Ekon Togili


Kerry Boustead (1), Mal Meninga (1), Howie Tamati (1), Kevin Tamati (1), Ekon Togili (1)

There is a video on YouTube and union convert Steve Fenwick can be seen on there wearing the number 17 shirt

For more great shirts visit www.classicrugbyshirts.com

Scarborough Pirates Rugby League 1991/92

This is the most comprehensive article on the Scarborough Pirates Rugby League team from 1991/92 that you will find. It includes a brief history, every result, points scorer and detail of every team that played in all the games. There are also some photographs however it is very difficult to find many

In December 1990, Scarborough announced an intention to apply for membership of the RFL. Scarborough Pirates RLFC were admitted as a member club in January 1991; getting exactly the minimum number of votes required. The Chairman was Geoffrey Richmond who also was the Chairman of Scarborough F.C. Len Casey was Head Coach, and Peter Smith was the captain.

Scarborough played their first competitive game on Sunday 25 August 1991 away to Doncaster in a Yorkshire Cup preliminary round match. Scarborough won 14-10 in front of 1,080 spectators.

Scarborough started the season well and finished ninth in the newly formed fourteen-club Third Division with ten wins and fourteen defeats. See the table below. However, attendances at the McCain Stadium were poor; with only four of their fourteen home matches attracting crowds of over 1,000. In June 1992, it was revealed that they were in debt to the sum of £113,000. Richmond disbanded the club after just one season citing a lack of local interest.

Season 1991/92 Results

August 25th 1991 Away at Doncaster in the Yorkshire Cup

WON 14-10

Tries Tomlinson, Robinson

Goals Pearce 3


1 Ward, 2 Hadi, 3 Lidbury, 4 Stead, 5 Knapper, 6 Pearce, 7 Robinson, 8 Tomlinson, 9 Patrick, 10 Beall, 11 Palmer, 12 Smith, 13 Daniels

14 Carlyle (for 3), 15 Hill (for 13)

September 1st 1991 Home to Huddersfield in the League

LOST 18-22

Tries – Pearce, Lidbury

Goals – Pearce 4, Drop Goals Pearce 2


1 Ward, 2 Hadi, 3 Lidbury, 4 Stead, 5 Knapper, 6 Pearce, 7 Robinson, 8 Tomlinson, 9 Patrick, 10 Hill, 11 Palmer, 12 Beall, 13 Smith

14 Daniels (for 10), 15 Olsen (for 13)

September 8th 1991 Away Nottingham City – League

WON 54-4

Tries – Palmer 3, McCabe 2, Lidbury, Patrick, Hadi, Olsen, Harcombe

Goals – Pearce 7


1 Harcombe, 2 Hadi, 3 Lidbury, 4 McCabe, 5 Stead, 6 Pearce, 7 Robinson, 8 Tomlinson, 9 Patrick, 10 Beall, 11 Palmer, 12 Olsen, 13 Smith

14 Knapper (for 5), 15 Hill (for 13)

September 15th 1991 Away Featherstone – Yorkshire Cup

LOST 30-7

Tries – Stead

Goal – Pearce Drop Goal – Pearce


1 Stead, 2 Hadi, 3 Lidbury, 4 McCabe, 5 Knapper, 6 Pearce, 7 Robinson, 8 Tomlinson, 9 Patrick, 10 Beall, 11 Palmer, 12 Hill, 13 Smith

14 Mirpin (for 2), 15 Fairbank (for 11)

September 22nd 1991 Home Whitehaven – League

WON 16-14

Tries – Pearce, Ward

Goals – Pearce 4


1 Ward, 2 B Clark, 3 Lidbury, 4 Stead, 5 Knapper, 6 Pearce, 7 Robinson, 8 Tomlinson, 9 Patrick, 10 Beall, 11 Hill, 12 Palmer, 13 Smith

15 Fairbank (for 8)

September 29th 1991 Away Trafford Borough – League

WON 34-16

Tries – Ward, G Clark, Beardmore, McCabe, Palmer, Smith

Goals – Carlyle 5


1 Ward, 2 B Clark, 3 Lidbury, 4 McCabe, 5 Stead, 6 Carlyle, 7 Beardmore, 8 Tomlinson, 9 Patrick, 10 Beall, 11 Fairbank, 12 Hill, 13 Smith

14 Pearce (for 7) 15 Palmer (for 8)

October 6th 1991 Home Chorley – League

WON 28-10

Tries – Patrick, G Clark, Hill, Stead, McCabe

Goals – Pearce 4


1 Ward, 2 B Clark, 3 Lidbury, 4 McCabe, 5 Stead, 6 Pearce, 7 Carlyle, 8 Tomlinson, 9 Patrick, 10 Fairbank, 11 Hill, 12 Palmer, 13 Daniels

14 Beall (for 8) 15 Smith (for 13)

October 13th 1991 Away Dewsbury – League

LOST 24-2

Goal – Pearce


1 Ward, 2 G Clark, 3 Lidbury, 4 McCabe, 5 Stead, 6 Pearce, 7 Carlyle, 8 Tomlinson, 9 Patrick, 10 Beall, 11 Palmer, 12 Smith, 13 Hill

14 Fairbank (for 8) 15 Ramshaw (for 11)

October 20th 1991 Home Nottingham City – League

WON 36-10

Tries – Carlyle, G Clark, Fairbank, Tomlinson, Lidbury, Wright

Goals – Carlyle 6


1 Rookley, 2 G Clark, 3 McCabe, 4 Stead, 5 Lidbury, 6 Carlyle, 7 Robinson, 8 Tomlinson, 9 Patrick, 10 Fairbank, 11 Hill, 12 Smith, 13 Ramshaw

14 Wright (for 8) 15 Beall (for 11)

October 27th 1991 Away Barrow – League

LOST 11-10

Tries – McCabe, Patrick

Goals – Carlyle


1 Rookley, 2 G Clark, 3 McCabe, 4 Lidbury, 5 Stead, 6 Carlyle, 7 Robinson, 8 Fairbank, 9 Patrick, 10 Beall, 11 Lingard, 12 Smith, 13 Ramshaw

14 Wright (for 7) 15 Potts (for 10)

November 3rd 1991 Away Sheffield – Cup

LOST 36-8

Tries – Smith, Patrick


1 Rookley, 2 G Clark, 3 D Clark, 4 Lidbury, 5 Stead, 6 Pearce, 7 Carlyle, 8 Fairbank, 9 Patrick, 10 Beall, 11 Lingard, 12 Smith, 13 Ramshaw

14 Wright (for 7) 15 Noble (for 10)

November 7th 1991 Home Keighley – League

WON 38-13

Tries – Carlyle 2, Stead, Rookley, G Clark, Wright, Noble

Goals – Pearce 5


1 Rookley, 2 G Clark, 3 D Clark, 4 Wright, 5 Stead, 6 Pearce, 7 Carlyle, 8 Tomlinson, 9 Patrick, 10 Hill, 11 Noble, 12 Smith, 13 Lingard

14 ? 15 Forste (for 13)

November 10th 1991 Away Chorley – League

WON 12-7

Tries – Pearce, Tomlinson

Goals – Pearce 2


1 Rookley, 2 G Clark, 3 Wright, 4 D Clark, 5 Stead, 6 Pearce, 7 Carlyle, 8 Tomlinson, 9 Patrick, 10 Hill, 11 Noble, 12 Lingard, 13 Smith

14 15 Lidbury (for 8)

December 2nd 1991 – Home Dewsbury – League

LOST 16-17

Tries – Wood 2, D Clark

Goals – Pearce 2


1 Rookley, 2 G Clark, 3 Carlyle, 4 D Clark, 5 Stead, 6 Pearce, 7 Windley, 8 Fairbank, 9 Patrick, 10 Hill, 11 Noble, 12 Lingard, 13 Wood

14 15 Potts (for 8)

December 8th 1991 – Away Hunslet – League

LOST 14-25

Tries – Carlyle, D Clark, G Clark

Goals – Pearce


1 Rookley, 2 G Clark, 3 Carlyle, 4 D Clark, 5 Stead, 6 Pearce, 7 Windley, 8 Fairbank, 9 Patrick, 10 Hill, 11 Noble, 12 Lingard, 13 Wood

14 15 Forsyth (for 8)

December 22nd 1991 – Home Doncaster – League

WON 14-6

Tries – Noble, Forsyth

Goals – Pearce 3


1 Rookley, 2 G Clark, 3 Carlyle, 4 D Clark, 5 Stead, 6 Pearce, 7 Windley, 8 Fairbank, 9 Patrick, 10 Forsyth, 11 Noble, 12 Lingard, 13 Wood

14 15 Booker ( for 10)

December 29th 1991 – Away Huddersfield – League

LOST 9-36

Tries – Rookley

Goals – Carlyle, Pearce

Drop goal – Pearce


1 Rookley, 2 G Clark, 3 Carlyle, 4 D Clark, 5 Stead, 6 Pearce, 7 Windley, 8 Fairbank, 9 Patrick, 10 Forsyth, 11 Noble, 12 Lingard, 13 Wood

14 Wright (for 6) 15 Booker (for 10)

January 5th 1992 – Away Highfield – League

WON 22-12

Tries – Wood 2, Stead

Goals – Pearce 5


1 Rookley, 2 G Clark, 3 Carlyle, 4 Pearce, 5 Stead, 6 Wright, 7 Windley, 8 Fairbank, 9 Patrick, 10 Forsyth, 11 Noble, 12 Booker, 13 Hill

14 Wood (for 10), 15 Lingard (for 12)

January 12th 1992 – Home Hunslet – League

LOST 12- 24

Tries – Wood, G Clark

Goals – Pearce, Carlyle


1 Rookley, 2 G Clark, 3 Carlyle, 4 Pearce, 5 Stead, 6 Robinson, 7 Windley, 8 Noble, 9 Patrick, 10 Hill, 11 Booker, 12 Lingard, 13 Wood

14 Wright (for 4), 15 Forsyth (for 11)

Photo of Booker from the game v Hunslet

January 19th 1992 – Away Bramley – League

LOST 0-47


1 Rookley, 2 G Clark, 3 Carlyle, 4 Stead, 5 Lidbury, 6 Robinson, 7 Windley, 8 Fairbank, 9 Patrick, 10 Hill, 11 Noble, 12 Booker, 13 Lingard

14 Forsyth (for 9), 15 Rowbottom (for 11)

February 2nd 1992 – Home Bradford Northern – Challenge Cup

LOST 4-52

Tries – Hill


1 Rookley, 2 G Clark, 3 Carlyle, 4 Stead, 5 Lidbury, 6 Robinson, 7 Windley, 8 Noble, 9 Patrick, 10 Forsyth, 11 Booker, 12 Lingard, 13 Hill

14 Rowbottom (for 10), 15 Daniels (for 11)

February 17th 1992 – Away Keighley – League

LOST 16-18

Tries – Lidbury, Stead, Douglas

Goals – Carlyle 2


1 Rookley, 2 Hadi, 3 Carlyle, 4 Stead, 5 Lidbury, 6 Robinson, 7 Windley, 8 Van Bellen, 9 Patrick, 10 Noble, 11 Booker, 12 Lingard, 13 Hill

14 Rowbottom (for 8), 15 Douglas (for 11)

February 23rd 1992 – Home Batley – League

LOST 14-32

Tries – G Clark, Stead, Wright

Goals – Rookley


1 Rookley, 2 G Clark, 3 Carlyle, 4 Stead, 5 Lidbury, 6 Robinson, 7 Moules, 8 Van Bellen, 9 Forsyth, 10 Fairbank, 11 Booker, 12 Douglas, 13 Lingard

14 Wright (for 3), 15 Noble (for 11)

March 1st 1992 – Home Trafford Borough – League

WON 48-22

Tries – Knapper 3, G Clark 2, Rookley, Lingard, Stead, Wright, Booker

Goals – Knapper 4


1 Rookley, 2 G Clark, 3 Knapper, 4 Stead, 5 Hadi, 6 Wright, 7 Moules, 8 Van Bellen, 9 Hill, 10 Douglas, 11 Noble, 12 Booker, 13 Lingard

14 Robinson (for 5), 15 Fairbank (for 10)

March 8th 1992 – Away Batley – League

LOST 18-36

Tries – Hadi 2, Stead

Goals – Knapper 3


1 Rookley, 2 G Clark, 3 Knapper, 4 Stead, 5 Hadi, 6 Wright, 7 Moules, 8 Van Bellen, 9 Forsyth, 10 Fairbank, 11 Noble, 12 Booker, 13 Lingard

14 Robinson (for 4), 15 Rowbottom (for 10)

March 16th 1992 – Home Bramley – League

LOST 14-29

Tries – Rookley, Potts

Goals – Knapper 3


1 Rookley, 2 G Clark, 3 Knapper, 4 Stead, 5 Hadi, 6 Wright, 7 Robinson, 8 Van Bellen, 9 Hill, 10 Fairbank, 11 Noble, 12 Douglas, 13 Lingard

14 Forsyth (for 2), 15 Potts (for 8)

March 22nd 1992 – Away Whitehaven – League

LOST 10-12

Tries – Knapper, Rookley

Goals – Knapper


1 Rookley, 2 G Clark, 3 Knapper, 4 Stead, 5 Hadi, 6 Wright, 7 Robinson, 8 Van Bellen, 9 Hill, 10 Fairbank, 11 Noble, 12 Daniels, 13 Lingard

14 Potts (for 8), 15 Forsyth (for 13)

March 29th 1992 – Away Doncaster – League

LOST 2-10

Goals – Knapper


1 Rookley, 2 G Clark, 3 Wright, 4 Stead, 5 Knapper, 6 Robinson, 7 Moules, 8 Van Bellen, 9 Forsyth, 10 Fairbank, 11 Booker, 12 Douglas, 13 Lingard

14 Potts (for 8), 15 Hill (for 9)

April 12th 1992 – Home Highfield – League

LOST 14-18

Tries – G Clark, Taylor, Potts

Goals – Rookley


1 Rookley, 2 G Clark, 3 Taylor, 4 Stead, 5 Hadi, 6 Wright, 7 Moules, 8 Van Bellen, 9 Forsyth, 10 Fairbank, 11 Booker, 12 Branton, 13 Lingard

14 Robinson (for 6), 15 Potts (for 8)

April 17th 1992 – Home Barrow – League

LOST 12-24

Tries – G Clark, Taylor

Goals -= Rookley 2


1 Rookley, 2 G Clark, 3 Taylor, 4 Stead, 5 Hadi, 6 Wright, 7 Moules, 8 Van Bellen, 9 Forsyth, 10 Fairbank, 11 Daniels, 12 Branton, 13 Lingard

14 Potts (for 10), 15 Robinson (for 11)

So after 26 games Scarborough finished the season in 9th place with 20 points. They had won 10 games and lost 16 scoring 483 points and conceding 499, see the full table below

Scarborough shirt below, check out www.classicrugbyshirts.com for more great rugby jerseys

Top 10 Temex Rugby Shirts

Which are your favourite Temex rugby shirts?

Here is a top 10 in conjunction with Classic Rugby Shirts

Most of these are available to buy there

Temex rugby jerseys by Canterbury

Number 10



Number 9 – Fiji


Number 8 – Scotland


Number 7 – Ireland


Number 6 – Australia


Number 5 – Highlanders


Number 4 – Auckland Blues


Number 3 – Hurricanes


Number 2 – Waratahs


The number 1 Temexjersey and most sought after according to www.classicrugbyshirts.com is this Crusaders shirt


Do you agree or are there other Temex jerseys that should be included?

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Newcastle Falcons Classic Rugby Jerseys

Newcastle Falcons Old Rugby Shirts

A photographic history of Newcastle Falcons Jerseys from the past


The Newcastle Falcons (formerly Gosforth FC/ Newcastle Gosforth until 1996) is an English rugby union team that plays in the English Premiership. The club was established in 1877 and played under the name of Gosforth Football Club until 1990. The name was then changed to Newcastle Gosforth and the club began to play at Kingston Park stadium in Kingston Park, Newcastle. At the start of the professional era the club adopted its current name of Newcastle Falcons.



1996/97 HOME (below)

Shirt as worn when the club came 2nd in the Courage League National Division 2 and gained promotion to the top flight

PLAYERS – included Andrew, Bentley, Stimpson, Lam


1997/98 HOME (below)

Shirt as worn when the club won the Allied Dunbar Premiership in their first top flight campaign


1998/99 Home (below)

Home Shirt as worn when the club unsuccessfully defended their title and came a disappointing 8th in the Premiership.

They reached the Tetleys Bitter Cup Final losing out to Wasps

PLAYERS – included Wilkinson, Weir, Archer



1998/99 Away (below)

Away Shirt as worn when the club unsuccessfully defended their title and came a disappointing 8th in the Premiership.

PLAYERS – included Wilkinson, Weir, Archer

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1999/ 2000 Away (below)

Away Shirt as worn when the club came 9th in the Premiership


2005/07 Away (below)

Away Shirt as worn when the club came 7th in the Premiership in 2005/06


2006/07 Home (below)

Home shirt as worn when the club came 9th in the Premiership


2006/07 Special Shirt (below)

Charity Pink shirt as worn in the EDF Energy Anglo Welsh Cup when the Falcons were in Group C and won 2 and lost 1 and were eliminated


2008/09 Special (below)

Shirt used in European games. The Falcons came 2nd in Pool 4 and then lost the quarter final to Saracens 32-13





1998 Brumbies L/s Rugby Union Jersey Adults Medium

This is a rare ACT Brumbies Official Canterbury Rugby Union Jersey
from the 1998 season

SHIRT CONDITION – Shirt is in excellent condition

CONDITION DETAILS – Colours are bright, badges are excellent. The sponsor print on both the front and back are excellent



SIZE –  Adults Medium, armpit to armpit 21 inches

MADE BY – Canterbury

DETAILS – Rare away shirt as worn when the team came 10th in the Super 12 table



Classic Milk sponsor on the front and back



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Looking back at the history of Rugby League side Mansfield Marksman to Nottingham City RL

The story starts in the 1980s when Rugby League was undergoing an expansion outside of its conventional northern setting.

Mansfield was chosen as an area in the heartland of the Nottinghamshire coalfields, with great access to Yorkshire and surrounding Counties and therefore a great contender for spectator sport.

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With the Mansfield Brewery’s popular lager as the main sponsor it was thought that support would flood in and so planted roots at Field Mill.


Their pre-season games in the midst of the ongoing miners’ strike saw the team play the biggest names in rugby league including St Helens and Wigan, but suffered heavy defeats.

t was also reported that during the pre-season games, the most prominent names in the team were on holiday, creating opportunities for local players to take stage.

Already there was doubts that professional rugby league wasn’t being taken seriously in the town.

The first Division Two match for the Marksman saw an attendance of 2,291 against Wakefield in a 15-0 win.

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When it mattered most the Marksman could pull off the results to keep media support rolling in even if it was scarce.

However, despite the Marksman success on the field, attendances declined weekly.

In the second half of the season when results weren’t consistent attendances dropped to just a few hundred.


Of course the slump in the Marksmen’s first season of existence had financial implications. It was reported that the team had suffered a loss of a staggering £90,000.

In their first season (1984/85) they finished a respectable 9th in the table

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In 1986 the Marksmen made the move from Field Mill to Alfreton Town FC, but then later moved to Sutton Town’s ground. Finally the Mansfield Marksmen made their resting place at Nottingham’s Harvey Hadden stadium in 1989, but soon became Nottingham City RLFC. Just how did it go so wrong for a team who had so much potential?

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The move to an area where the sport is virtually non-existent was a great risk. Much more could have been done make Mansfield more aware of the sport and educate people in what rugby league is all about. Perhaps there was no room in Mansfield for two professional sports teams or perhaps it was just the wrong time to drop a team in Mansfield during a period of conflict in the area. If there had been a thriving amateur scene in the area there’s a possibility it may have taken off better.

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Mansfield Marksman RLFC

Mansfield Marksman was founded in 1984 and joined the Second Division along with Sheffield Eagles, in 1984-85. Mansfield was chosen as it was in the heartland of the Nottinghamshire coalfields, and close to Yorkshire where rugby league was much stronger.

Their General Manager was Dave Parker, a rugby league journalist. They played initially at Mansfield Towns Field Mill, and were sponsored by Mansfield Brewery and named “Marksman” in the singular after a lager the brewery produced. The club colours were predominantly sky blue and dark blue shirts with yellow trim, however towards the end of their existence the club colours became a more basic blue and amber. The team was composed of northern, mainly West Yorkshire based players, who travelled down to play for Mansfield.

Mansfield’s pre-season friendlies saw them play some of the strongest teams in British rugby league, including St Helens and Wigan. Unfortunately Mansfield’s big name players were on holiday and a weakened team, including many local players, went down to heavy defeats.

Mansfield first home game in the Second Division attracted 2,291 spectators and they defeated Wakefield Trinity 15-0. They won eight of their first nine games; the only defeat being 7-6 at Dewsbury. However, they struggled after this and attendances declined steadily. Their final home game of the season against Rochdale Hornets was watched by 321 spectators and they were beaten 9-8. The club lost £90,000 in this first year and could not afford the rent at Field Mill. The final game there was on 2 February 1986 when Marksman lost 32-2 to Leigh.

The club then moved to Alfreton Towns North Street stadium. The first game at the new venue was on 23 March 1986 when Mansfield were beaten 42-18 by Workington Town in front of a crowd of 290.

The club moved once again for the 1988-89 season to Sutton Towns Lowmoor Road ground at Kirkby in Ashfield

Table for 1985/86 where the Marksman finished bottom

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1986/87 below

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1987/88 below

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1988/89 below

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Nottingham City RLFC

A boardroom split occurred over the decision to move the club to Nottingham  in June 1989. The move also led to the loss of sponsorship by Mansfield Brewery and the club was renamed Nottingham City RLFC. They played at the Harvey Hadden Stadium and their initial club colours were sky blue shirts with a dark blue and gold vee, carrying over the Mansfield Marksman colours. Later the club colours changed to myrtle green, yellow and white shirts (see 1991/92 shirt in these colours below under the 91/92 table). In later years the shirts were myrtle green with purple trim. One season the team adopted the name Nottingham City Outlaws RLFC, a name that would later be used by the city amateur side.

Shirt below from 1989/90



The Nottingham team was led by player-coach Mark Burgess, several players were from Batley Boys RLFC and other local towns, Dave Parker took over as Managing Director at Huddersfield and the Nottingham City club was run by former Mansfield Director Paul Tomlinson and his mother Joan. As Nottingham they won only seven games in four years.

Their first season in the Second Division 1989/90 table below

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Chief Executive Maurice Lindsay wanted to reduce the number of clubs in the lower division of the league in 1993. The three clubs finishing bottom of the second division would be demoted to the National Conference League . Nottingham struggled and finished bottom of the Third Division at the end of the 1992-93 season, winning only one game. With both Nottingham City and Blackpool Gladiators both already relegated, the crucial last match at Nottingham on 12 April 1993, between Nottingham City and Highfield would determine the final relegation spot. Highfield won 39-6 and Highfield survived at the expense of Chorley Borough

The RLSA, the Rugby League Supporters Association, had called on fans to turn out at the Harvey Haddon Stadium in protest against the decision, City’s normal crowd of three hundred or so was boosted by this to a season’s best of 851.[The three expelled clubs plus Highfield RL pursued legal action against the RFL decision, but to no avail.

Nottingham could no longer afford Yorkshire-based players so imported local Nottingham Crusaders players who weren’t up to National Conference League standards and they were relegated in their first year and then resigned from the league the following year.

Table 1990/91

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For the 1991/92 season there were 3 divisions but Nottingham City came bottom again

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This season they used a Canterbury shirt


Buy this shirt

The 1992/93 table, their last

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Sonny Bill Williams – Lets us know his sporting icon

Sonny Bill Williams has reflected on the achievements of his idol, boxer Muhammad Ali ahead of his quest for Olympic gold.

Williams already has a Rugby World Cup, Super Rugby and NRL title to his name along with a national heavyweight boxing championship but he believes winning Olympic gold would eclipse everything.

“To be able to say you’re an Olympian and get a medal, that’d just be another level,” the New Zealand Sevens star told ESPN.  

“It would be unbelievable. I get butterflies just thinking about it. God willing it all works out.”

Williams, a devout Muslim, added that former boxing legend Ali is an idol of his and draw much inspiration.



“From an athlete’s point of view, for me, there was no one bigger than Ali,” added the rugby league convert. 

“He’s my man. He won a gold medal, he was an Olympian and it would be awesome to say I am an Olympian as well.

“His faith [was inspiring] and I guess, though he didn’t always say the right things, he always backed it up. I appreciate that from an athlete. I can only imagine the scrutiny and amount of people that would want to see him fail. But he kept on trucking on.

“There was that fight against George Foreman where no one expected him to win, the odds were stacked against him but somehow he did. It showed the character of him, the man he was.

“It wasn’t just about his mouth, he had something deep inside him that allowed him to go to those dark places and come out on top.”


50 Greatest players of the Professional Era – Classic Rugby Jerseys

This list has been drawn from walesonline.co .uk

I think everyone will disagree with this in some shape or form either through omissions or where the players should be within the Top 50 but very interesting to look through


50. Martyn Williams (WAL)

Mr Consistency. Man of the Match time and again for club and country. A footballing openside, this popular and highly respected centurion went on three Lions tours.

49. Will Genia (AUS)

One of those players who, at his peak, could win a game single-handedly, either with his own sniping breaks or by putting others into space. A real pocket dynamo scrum-half.

48. Alun Wyn Jones (WAL)

Now with 100 Test caps to his name, the Ospreys second row has grown into an inspirational and talismanic figure and would feature in most people’s world team right now.

47. Julian Savea (NZ)

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Yes, I know he’s only been playing international rugby for three years, but the impact he has made in that time demands inclusion, with 38 tries in 41 Tests. A modern-day Lomu.

46. Scott Quinnell (WAL)

After a short spell in league, returned to Union when the game went open. One of the most effective ball-carrying No 8s in the world, he was like a one-man pack for Wales at times.

45. Tana Umaga (NZ)

A great reader of the game, the Hurricanes centre was the focal point of the New Zealand back-line for years and a hugely successful skipper, winning 19 out of 21 games at the helm.

44. Gary Teichmann (SA)

This Rhodesian-born No 8 captained South Africa to a record 17 Test winning streak in the late 1990s, leading by example, before launching the Bok and Amber revolution at Newport.

43. Rob Howley (WAL)

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Shone brightly despite spending much of his Test career behind a beaten Welsh pack. Confirmed status as a world class scrum-half with the Lions and won Wasps the Heineken Cup.

42. Will Greenwood (ENG)

A tall, stylish and astute centre who had a particular penchant for scoring tries against Wales. Two Lions tours, but his finest hour was lifting the World Cup with England in 2003.

41. Joe Rokocoko (NZ)

The Fijian-born wing boasts a remarkable strike rate, having scored 47 tries in 68 Tests. When you’ve got speed and strength, you’ve always got a chance and he had both in bucketloads.

40. Bakkies Botha (SA)

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The second row enforcer in South Africa’s World Cup winning team of 2007, this was a man you didn’t mess around with. Rounded off his career with three European Cup wins with Toulon.

39. Carl Hayman (NZ)

We just hadn’t seen a tight-head prop like him before. At 6ft 4ins and 18st 13lbs, the Otago powerhouse was a man mountain in the All Blacks pack ahead of a lucrative move to Europe.

38. Juan-Martin Fernandez-Lobbe (ARG)

Look for the ball and the Pumas back rower is certain to be somewhere in the vicinity. He’s either scrabbling for it on the deck, plucking it out of the air, fielding it deep or carrying it on the charge.

37. Thierry Dusautoir (FRA)

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Produced one of the individual performance of modern times when he made an eye-popping 38 tackles and scored a try in France’s 2007 World Cup win over New Zealand. World player of year in 2011.

36. Jean de Villiers (SA)

A hard-running centre who has also shown himself able to do all the pretty stuff. The king of the interception, he scored 27 Test tries and proved a fine leader of his country. On his way to Leicester.

35. Ma’a Nonu (NZ)

Known initially more for his braided hair and eyeliner, he added passing and kicking to his raw line-breaking power to become one of the great centres, capping his Test career with that superb World Cup final try.

34. Adam Jones (WAL)

His record speaks for itself. The scrum cornerstone of three Grand Slam winning teams and the Test tight-head on two Lions tours. A true legend of Welsh rugby who has also been one of the game’s great characters.

33. Conrad Smith (NZ)

New Zealand star Conrad Smith

Nicknamed The Snake because of his ability to slither through the smallest of gaps and strike with a sudden burst of speed. Brought fluidity to the All Blacks midfield with his intelligent passing and vision.

32. Scott Gibbs (WAL)

Who can forget this? Scott Gibbs' last-minute match-winning try to deny England the Grand Slam at Wembley in 1999. Magnificent

Responsible for one of the great moments in Welsh rugby history, with his Wembley try against England in 1999, and a seminal Lions image with his dumping of Os du Randt two years earlier. A wrecking ball centre.

31. Justin Marshall (NZ)

Some players talk the talk, some walk the walk. Justin Marshall could do both. Backed up his chirping by running the show for the All Blacks in an 81-cap Test career ahead of a high-profile spell with the Ospreys.

30. Percy Montgomery (SA)

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Percy Montgomery

Test days appeared to be over when he joined Newport in 2002, but the move actually re-ignited his international career and he went on to be the top points scorer at the 2007 World Cup, excelling at 15 as the ‘Boks took the trophy.

29. Doug Howlett (NZ)

A star sprinter as a schoolboy, once clocked a personal best of 10.94 seconds for 100 metres. Used his speed to great effect in his rugby career, scoring a record 49 tries for the All Blacks. A wing with a high work rate and strong defence.

28. Stephen Larkham (AUS)

Australia attack coach Stephen Larkham

A converted full-back, the elegant Larkham proved a worthy successor to Michael Lynagh as the Wallaby outside-half. Pulled the strings to great effect during Australia’s 1999 World Cup winning campaign.

27. Gethin Jenkins (WAL)

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Has revolutionised the role of the loose-head prop. Like an extra back rower with his ability over the ball and his defensive work-rate. The medal haul for club and country says it all. Wales’ most capped player of all time.

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26. Matt Giteau (AUS)

Matt Giteau of Australia kicks down field

Blessed with enormous natural ability, has been able to turn his hand to scrum-half, fly-half and centre. Test career seemed over when he headed off to win three European Cups with Toulon but returned to sparkle at this autumn’s World Cup.

25. Jason Robinson (ENG)

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Jason Robinson

Known as Billy Whizz, this former rugby league star proved a hugely successful convert to Union. A lethal runner from full-back or wing, he was a nightmare to mark in one-on-one situations. Had a knack of scoring memorable tries on the big stage.

24. George Smith (AUS)

The scourge of the Lions at the age of 20 and more than 100 caps to his name for the Wallabies before he was 30. An absolute pest and nuisance at the breakdown, made a living out of slowing down or stealing opposition ball. Still going strong with Wasps.

23. Richard Hill (ENG)

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Richard Hill

The ultimate players’ player. Did all the unseen, grafting work and just got on with his job in unassuming fashion, putting his body on the line. Able to excel right across the back row, he was a pivotal figure on two Lions trips and an England World Cup winner.

22. Christian Cullen (NZ)

Just about the most exciting player in the world game for a few years in the late 1990s. Nicknamed the Paekakariki Express, he had a remarkable strike rate, scoring 46 tries in just 58 Tests for New Zealand, with his elusive running and pace from full-back ripping sides apart.

21. Schalk Burger (SA)

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One of the most physical flankers in the game, he was dubbed a “threshing machine” by former Springboks coach Nick Mallett. Came back from injury and life-threatening illness to enjoy an immense international swansong at the recent World Cup. A carrying king.

20. Lawrence Dallaglio (ENG)

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Went from being a schoolboy chorister to one of the most formidable physical presences in the game of rugby. Had it all in his prime – pace, power, aggression, pride and a steely mind-set. A Lions series winner, a World Cup winner and a trophy magnet with Wasps.

19. John Smit (SA)

One of the great captains of the professional era. Led South Africa a record 83 times in 111 Tests, guiding them to victory at the 2007 World Cup, a series triumph over the Lions in 2009 and two Tri-Nations titles. A teak hard performer in his own right, mainly at hooker, but also at prop.

18. Fourie du Preez (SA)

South Africa's Fourie Du Preez runs in to score the winning try against Wales
South Africa’s Fourie Du Preez runs in to score the winning try against Wales

Any aspiring scrum-half should watch this man in action. A master tactician, with a great kicking game, he was the lynchpin of the South African team that won the World Cup and defeated the Lions. Then came back from injury to excell once again at the 2015 global tournament, breaking Welsh hearts.

17. David Pocock (Australia)

David Pocock has been Australia's star man this World Cup by some distance, says Delme Parfitt

A worthy successor to Richie McCaw as the most influential player in world rugby, either at 7 or 8. There is simply no-one better in the game over the ball. He is just perfectly built for the role and when he locks himself onto a tackled player, there is no moving him. A fascinating character off the field too.

16. Zinzan Brooke (NZ)

A dynamic ball carrier, this Kiwi No 8 also had better kicking and handling skills than some fly-halves. Heaped the ultimate indignity on England in the 1995 World Cup semi-final, landing an audacious drop goal from 40 metres after they had already been demolished by four-try Jonah Lomu.

15. Paul O’Connell (IRE)

Alun Wyn Jones and Paul O’Connell on Lions duty in 2013

Munster fans will tell you that Superman wears Paul O’Connell pyjamas! The Irish second row was certainly blessed with special rugby powers having been one of the world’s leading tight forwards for more than a decade. A three-times Lions who captained the tour of South Africa in 2009.

14. Victor Matfield (SA)

Dubbed the best centre in South Africa for his love of running with the ball in midfield, this ultra athletic second row has also been a supreme lineout technician. Man of the Match in the 2007 World Cup final, he came out of retirement to serve the Springboks once more after a three year break.

13. George Gregan (AUS)

A talkative figure on the field, was responsible for one of the great on-field jibes, taunting the All Blacks with the words “Four more years” during the dying moments of Australia’s 2003 World Cup semi-final victory. Born in Zambia, this complete scrum-half won a whopping 139 caps.

12. Bryan Habana (SA)

Bryan Habana

Anyone who races cheetahs in his spare time is likely to be reasonably rapid and the Jo’burg-born speedster has scorched his way to 64 Test tries – joint second with David Campese on the all-time list – including a record-equalling eight to help the ‘Boks win the 2007 World Cup. Further trophy triumphs followed with Toulon and he’s still a razor-sharp presence as he proved this autumn by drawing level with Jonah Lomu at the top of the pile with 15 career World Cup tries.

11. Martin Johnson (ENG)

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A player who led by example and the kind of man you would always want alongside you in the trenches when the chips are down. Would never ask someone to do something he wouldn’t do himself. Holds the unique distinction of having captained the Lions on two tours, including the triumphant 1997 trip to South Africa, while he will always be remembered as the man presented with the 2003 World Cup, which England won in Sydney. As well as being an inspirational leader, the Leicester lock was also a formidable player in his own right. A rock like presence in the tight, whose rugby motto was if in doubt, go forward.

10. Jonny Wilkinson (ENG)

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In some ways, you could argue Wilkinson has been the epitome of the professional era. He has set new standards in terms of dedication and an almost obsessive pursuit of perfection. He’s also been one of the great match winners of the era and one of the game’s greatest ever accumulators of points. In fact, only Dan Carter has scored more in Test rugby, with Wilkinson having garnered 1,246 during his 97 caps for England and the Lions. His finest hour, of course, came in 2003, when he slotted the drop goal that won the World Cup. The fact he landed it with his weaker right foot speaks volumes for his hours and hours of diligent practice. Bowed out on a high, earning two more trophies with Toulon.

9. John Eales (AUS)

Legendary Aussie captain John Eales lifts the trophy in 1999

Nicknamed “Nobody” because “Nobody’s perfect” and his record is certainly pretty close to perfection. One of a select band of players to have won two World Cups, skippering Australia to glory in Cardiff in 1999. Captained the Wallabies 55 times during his 86-cap Test career, establishing himself as one of the most respected figures in the game. He was also very much a one of a kind as a player. It’s hard to believe now, but he scored 173 points in international rugby. An agile, athletic second row lineout ace, he was also a top-class place-kicker, who landed 65 Test shots at goal. A real ambassador for the game and a great player.

8. Shane Williams (WAL)

Everyone remembers his side-stepping magic and wing wizardry, but it’s easy to forget just how hard Shane Williams worked in order to be able to hold his own physically on the international stage. Having burst onto the scene in exciting fashion, he spent two years in the Test wilderness amid concerns over his size. But having grabbed his chance at the 2003 World Cup, he worked diligently to complement his God-given ability by working on his physique, emerging as the greatest Welsh player of his generation. Named world player of the year in 2008, he ended up with 60 Test tries, leaving him fourth on the all-time list behind behind Daisuke Ohata, David Campese and Bryan Habana. He was The Great Entertainer.

7. Tim Horan (AUS)

When he made his Test debut for Australia against New Zealand in 1989, he impressed his opposite number, Joe Stanley, so much that Stanley gave him his jersey. The Kiwi knew talent when he saw it.

After emerging as one of the young stars of the 1991 World Cup, Horan returned from a horrendous knee injury to be player of the tournament eight years later as he lifted the Webb Ellis trophy for a second time. Possessed pace, balance, great ball skills and courage, with his attacking prowess, formidable defence and play-making ability marking him out as one of the finest centres the game of rugby has ever seen. Scored 40 Test tries at a rate of one every other game.

6. Sergio Parisse (ITA)

Sergio Parisse suffered a thigh injury in Italy's warm-up match with Wales

There’s no such thing as a one-man team in rugby, but it’s got pretty close to that with Italy at times over the past decade. That one man, of course, is their talismanic skipper Sergio Parisse.

The Argentinian-born No 8 has been a key figure for the Azzurri since making an eye-catching debut as an 18-year-old against New Zealand in 2002. Big and strong, he has the size to make holes in any defence, but also has hands to die for and the subtlety to execute passes out of the back of his hand as though he were a fly-half. Add to that an astute brain for the game and an absolute refusal to bend the knee and you have pretty much the complete rugby player.

5. Joost van der Westhuizen (SA)

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Joost van der Westhuizen

One of the game’s great competitors on the field, the former Springboks scrum-half has carried that attitude into his off-field battles since hanging up his boots. You only have to watch the legendary Living With Lions video from the South African tour of 1997 to understand just how highly he was rated by the opposition and what a threat he was seen as.

Aggressive and fearless, he was arguably the finest running scrum-half the game has ever seen, scoring 38 tries in 89 Tests, a remarkable tally for a No 9. Despite standing 6ft 1ins tall, he was able to find and penetrate the tiniest gaps in opposing defences. An inspirational force as a player, he has inspired people once again in recent years with his fight against motor neurone disease.

4. Jonah Lomu (NZ)

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Jonah Lomu scores a try against Ireland at the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa

Has one man ever done more to popularise the game of rugby than Jonah? When he burst onto the scene at the 1995 World Cup, it was like a meteor landing from outer space. We had never seen anything like him before and his incredible feats grabbed the attention of folk who had never previously been interested in the sport.

The physical impact Lomu had on the 1995 World Cup was beyond the effect of any other player in the history of the game. He scored seven tries in 1995, including four in an unforgettable one-man demolition job of England in the semi. Lomu went one better in 1999 to finish with a record 15 tournament tries, before going on to show his dignity with his brave fight against debilitating kidney disease.

One of a kind and the impression he left on so many lives was vividly illustrated by the reaction to his death earlier this week. Rest in peace big man.

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3. Brian O’Driscoll (IRE)

Brian O'Driscoll after Ireland won the 2014 Six Nations title

One of the most feared players in the game, O’Driscoll was also one of the most consistent. His 141 Test caps, including eight for the Lions, place him second on the all-time list behind Richie McCaw. Ireland’s record try scorer with 46 touchdowns, O’Driscoll also led his country more times than any other player and his brilliant defensive qualities and dazzling attacking skills made him a threat all over the field.

Provided some magical memories with his hat-trick against France in Paris in 2000 and his wonderful solo try for the Lions against Australia in Brisbane the following year which evokes memories of the ‘Waltzing O’Driscoll’ song that epitomised the 2001 tour. Holds the Six Nations record for most tries with 26 and was chosen Player of the Tournament in the 2006, 2007 and 2009, leading Ireland to one Grand Slam and three Triple Crowns. Europe’s finest.

2. Dan Carter (NZ)

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Dan Carter can’t contain his excitement after the All Blacks are crowned champions

Dan the man. The greatest back of the professional era, his record speaks for itself. Way out in front as the leading points scorer in international rugby history, with 1,598 points from his 112 caps. Throw in a further 1,708 points for the Crusaders and the fly-half’s impact on the game cannot be emphasised enough.

A prolific goal-kicker, a wonderful silky runner and a masterful controller, he possesses the lot and has been a genuine match-winner at the highest level. The maestro made his Test debut against Wales in Hamilton in 2003, playing at inside centre and giving a sign of what was to come by scoring 20 points. It was also against Wales in 2010 that he kicked a penalty from halfway at the Millennium Stadium to overtake Jonny Wilkinson as the world’s top point scorer.

Related: New Zealand stars pay tribute to Jerry Collins as they take Rugby World Cup trophy to the flanker’s grave

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He averages almost 15 points a Test, the highest of any player in history who has scored more than 500 points. One of his greatest performances came in the second Test against the Lions in 2005, when he outshone Wilkinson in their fly-half battle to lead New Zealand to an emphatic 48-18 triumph in Wellington. He scored two tries, five penalties, and four conversions and ended the match with 33 points, easily eclipsing the previous record of 18.

There was to be injury-enforced World Cup frustration in 2007 and 2011, but he ended his Test career on the perfect note as he produced a Man of the Match display in this year’s final to guide the All Blacks to glory. A fitting farewell.

1. Richie McCaw (NZ)

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Richie McCaw

Who else? You only have to look at the 49 names below Richie McCaw on this list to recognise what a legend the Kiwi flanker has proved over the last 15 years. His stats are quite remarkable. He earned a world-record 148 caps for the All Blacks, winning 131 of those games and captaining his country 111 times. Perhaps my favourite stat is he has played in 32 per cent of New Zealand’s Test match victories since 1903!

When he first emerged from Otaga Boys’ High, he was far from the finished product, as Steve Hansen confirms. “He was good at pinching the ball, but he couldn’t catch, couldn’t pass and couldn’t run,” recalls the Kiwi coach. “But he had a massive desire to be good. He wanted to be good at everything.”

Richie McCaw and Steve Hansen at the press conference
Richie McCaw and Steve Hansen at the press conference

Complementing his natural prowess over the ball, McCaw worked and worked at his game, adding handling skills and dynamic running to turn himself into the complete openside. Unflinchingly brave, he has remained a quite outstanding exponent at the breakdown throughout the career, while also possessing the athleticism and footballing ability to serve as the classic link man and the ball carrying dynamism to consistently break the line. He had the lot.

Add to that his leadership and you have the perfect package. Lifting the 2011 World Cup in his backyard was a fitting tribute to one of the greatest ever All Blacks, but he went on to secure true legendary status as he continued for four more years, breaking record after record and uniquely hoisting the Webb Ellis trophy for a second time. It was to be a perfect ending not just to his international career but also his playing career, as he confirmed his retirement from the game this week.

He could easily have taken up a lucrative contract in France, but that’s not his style. “I really had no desire to play overseas. To go and play rugby just to earn a fat cheque really didn’t spin my wheels. If I felt I could continue to play, I would stay right here in New Zealand.” Classy until the end. Richie McCaw – the single most influential player I have ever seen play the game of rugby and my No 1.


Quade Cooper quits Toulon – Classic Rugby Jerseys

Toulon fly-half Quade Cooper has confirmed he is leaving the club in a message to supporters on Tuesday.

Cooper thanked his “brothers and the family I now have in Toulon who I will miss.”

The 28-year-old joined the three-time European champions last year and is now expected to return to Australia, with a return to the Reds speculated in recent months.

Cooper, who has 58 Test caps for Australia, last appeared for the Wallabies during the 2015 Rugby World Cup against Uruguay.

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South Africa Players Moving to Northern Hemisphere – Classic Rugby Jerseys

After the Super Rugby season finishes the following are moving to new clubs away from South Africa:

Vodacom Bulls
Dean Greyling (Oyonnax), Marcel van der Merwe (Toulon),Werner Kruger (Scarlets), Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg (Montpellier), Le Roux Roets (Racing Metro), Lappies Labuschagne (Kubota Spears),
Deon Stegmann (Honda Heat),Grant Hattingh (Kubota Spears), Jacques Potgieter (Fukuoka Sanix Blues),Duhan van der Merwe (Montpellier)

Toyota Cheetahs
Maks van Dyk (Toulouse), Coenie van Wyk (Toshiba Brave Lupis), Henry Immelman (Montpellier),
Willie Britz (NTT Shining Arcs), Francois Uys (Toyota Verblitz)

DHL Stormers
Vincent Koch (Saracens), Schalk Burger (Saracens), Nic Groom (Northampton Saints), Louis Schreuder (Kubota Spears), Jean Kleyn (Munster)

Cell C Sharks
Marcell Coetzee (Ulster), JP Pietersen (Leicester Tigers), Paul Jordaan (La Rochelle), Joe Pietersen (Kamiashi Seawaves) Kyle Cooper (Newcastle Falcons)

Emirates Lions
Franco Mostert (Lyon), Derick Minnie (Zebre), Marnitz Boshoff (Connacht), Warren Whiteley (Docomo Red Hurricanes), Jaco Kriel (Kubota Spears), Lionel Mapoe (Kubota Spears)
Elton Jantjies (NTT Shining Arcs) Lloyd Greeff (Zebre), Warwick Tecklenburg (Kamiashi Seawaves)

Southern Kings
Steven Sykes (Oyonnax), Schalk Oelofste (Mont-de-Marsan), Philip du Preez (Mont-de-Marsan), Louis Fouche (Kubota Spears), Aiden Davids (Toulon), James Hall (Oyonnax), Shane Gates (NTT Shining Arcs), Jurgen Visser (Docomo Red Hurricanes)

SA 7sS
Francois Hougaard (Worcester)

Bart Le Roux (Zebre)

Uncontracted (ex-Stormers)
Gerbrand Grobler (Racing Metro)

There are a number of reasons behind this drain of quality players but what will this mean for rugby in South Africa and the Springboks?

Let us know