Swansea RFC 1992/93 – Classic Rugby Jerseys

A classic shirt made by Cotton Oxford made famous by a win over the World Champions, see the BBC report below

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4th November 1992

Swansea RFC 21 Australia 6

Swansea’s 1992 vintage side, a side built and coached by Mike Ruddock, would go on to become the premier Welsh side of the 1990s – as any good Jack will insist!

But few gave them a chance against the Australians who had named their Test team, rather than the dirt-trackers who Swansea fans will tell you were defeated by Llanelli RFC 10 days later.

In contrast, injuries meant the All Whites fielded a front row containing ageing club stalwart Keith Colclough and Swansea University student Chris Clark – who was making just his fifth senior appearance.

But there was something special in the Swansea Bay air that day.

The St Helen’s terraces that sweep away from the ground always make it difficult to create a pressure-cooker atmosphere, but on this occasion the crowd could have been encamped on the touch line.

A roar that rolled down to the Mumbles went up as Colclough drove opposing loose-head Matt Ryan out of the first scrum.

For me – peering through the mist and rain from the terraces – the defining moment came soon after as Wallaby number eight Tim Gavin picked up at the base of another retreating visitors scrum.

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His monstrous bulk drove through Richard Webster’s initial tackle, and then over the top of opposite number Stuart Davies.

With the Wales back-rowers swatted aside, blind-side flanker Alan Reynolds – an All Whites legend known to all as ‘Santa’ – flew across and seemed to clamber up Gavin’s back before driving him into the turf with a block-busting tackle.

With the momentum rolling, Scott Gibbs slipped through the midfield defence to slide in for an excellent try.

Portly outside-half Aled Williams kept the scoreboard ticking with two penalties, a drop goal and conversion.

And hooker Garin Jenkins got the old St Helen’s grandstand rattling with the clinching second-half try, pouncing on a loose Australian tap-back from a defensive line-out.

But if international stalwarts Gibbs and Jenkins stole the headlines, it was as much about the club regulars stepping up for their day of glory.

“The game was so special to me because Swansea was my bread and butter,” said Gibbs.

“I was playing alongside people who have been my friends for life, the guys I worked hard with all week.

“More than that, it was my only victory over Australia – all the games with Wales seemed to be foregone conclusions.

“Australian sport is epitomised and set apart by skill level and their appreciation of space.

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“Their union sides may not have the aggressive uniformity of the All Blacks, the sheer mass of South Africa, or the flair of France.

“But they have that precision and are some of the best rugby athletes and players in the world – their sporting ethos is what we should aspire to.”

Wallabies coach Bob Dwyer said that the Swansea display was “as good a performance as I can remember by a Welsh side”.

A record-equalling six All Whites went on to represent Wales in the Test with Australia on 21 November – Davies, Gibbs, Jenkins, Webster, Robert Jones and Reynolds (as a substitute).

 


Swansea: Anthony Clement; Mark Titley, Kevin Hopkins, Scott Gibbs, Simon Davies; Aled Williams, Robert Jones; Chris Clark, Garin Jenkins, Keith Colclough, Paul Arnold, Richard Moriarty, Alan Reynolds, Stuart Davies (capt), Richard Webster.

Australia: T Kelaher; D Smith, J Little, T Horan, P Carozza; P Kahl, P Slattery; M Ryan, P Kearns (capt), A Blades, W Waugh, J Eales, T Coker, S Scott Young, T Gavin.

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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)

Leopards
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

 

 

Rugby Attendances Last Season – Classic Rugby Jerseys

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Union Bordeaux Begles (UBB) had the highest average crowds last season amongst the clubs of the three European leagues: the Top 14, the Celtic League and the Premiership, see table below.

This table was unveiled by The Rugby Paper.

The podium is also the same as last year. UBB are top for the second consecutive year. Les Girondins increased from 23 766 to 25 539 fans on average last season. Leicester Tigers are 2nd  (21,769) and Harlequins 3rd (19 307). Toulon 4th (18795)  are once again outside the Top 3. Toulouse 5th (17,153) and Clermont 6th ( 17 047) are also in the top 10 before Saracens, Ulster, Wasps and Northampton.

French Champions, Racing 92 rose from 27th to 21st place.

The full top 30 clubs average crowds are below:

Position Club Average attendance Last years position
1 Bordeaux-Bègles 25 539 1
2 Leicester 21 769 2
3 Harlequins 19 307 3
4 Toulon 18 795 4
5 Toulouse 17 153 8
6 Clermont 17 047 7
7 Saracens 16 135 6
8 Ulster 15 601 9
9 Wasps 15 501 12
10 Northampton 15 451 10
11 Leinster 15 101 6
12 La Rochelle 14 744 13
13 Gloucester 13 885 15
14 Grenoble 13 657 11
15 Bath 13 225 14
16 Munster 12 598 17
17 Pau 12 354
18 Stade Français 11 577 18
19 Montpellier 11 552 19
20 Exeter 11 169 22
21 Racing 92 10 497 27
22 Brive 10 271 20
23 Oyonnax 9 908 24
24 London Irish 9 892 21
25 Castres 9 584 26
26 Worcester 9 042
27 Cardiff 8 834 25
28 Ospreys 8 597 28
29 Agen 8 316
30 Newport 7 931 29
31 Llanelli 7 352 30
32 Glasgow 6 787 33
33 Newcastle 6 742 32
34 Sale 6 169 31
35 Connacht 5 638 34
36 Edinburgh 5 479 35
37 Trévise 3 480 37
38 Zebre 2 375 38

 

 

 

British Lions Proposed Squad 2017

The Daily Telegraph has got the ball rolling already with its proposed squad for the Lions 2017 tour to New Zealand

The squad in full is as follows:

FORWARDS:

Prop: Jack McGrath (Ireland)
Prop: Mako Vunipola (England)
Prop: Mike Ross (Ireland)
Prop: Rob Evans (Wales)
Prop: Dan Cole (England)
Prop: WP Nel (Scotland)
Hooker: Dylan Hartley (England)
Hooker: Rory Best (Ireland)
Hooker: Jamie George (England)
Lock: Alun-Wyan Jones (Wales)
Lock: Maro Itoje (England)
Lock: Devin Toner (Ireland)
Lock: George Kruis (England)
Lock: Courtney Lawes (England)
Back row: Chris Robshaw (England)
Back row: CJ Stander (Ireland)
Back row: James Haskell (England)
Back row: Sam Warburton (Wales)
Back row: Taulupe Faletau (Wales)
Back row: Billy Vunipola (England)
Back row: Jamie Heaslip (Ireland)

Backs

Scrum-half: Rhys Webb (Wales)
Scrum-half: Ben Youngs
Scrum-half: Conor Murray (Ireland)
Fly-half: Dan Biggar (Wales)
Fly-half: Jonathan Sexton (Ireland)
Centre: Owen Farrell (England)
Centre: Jamie Roberts (Wales)
Centre: Robbie Henshaw (Ireland)
Centre: Jonathan Joseph (England)
Centre: Jared Payne (Ireland)
Wing: George North (Wales)
Wing: Jack Nowell (England)
Wing: Liam Williams (Wales)
Wing: Anthony Watson (England)
Full-back: Stuart Hogg (Scotland)
Full-back: Mike Brown (England)

What are your thoughts?  I am sure there will be some omissions

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Otago Highlanders Rugby Jersey 1998 1999 – Classic Rugby Jerseys

This is an Otago Highlanders Official Canterbury Rugby Union Shirt
from the 1998/99 seasons

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SHIRT CONDITION – Shirt is in excellent condition

CONDITION DETAILS – Colours are bright, badges are excellent, small mark left sleeve

SIZE –  Adults XXL, armpit to armpit 27 inches

MADE BY – Canterbury

FEATURES –  Player Issue Temex Shirt. Temex bottom front of shirt.
Super 12 Rugby patch on sleeve

DETAILS – Shirt as worn when the Highlanders were runners up in the Super 12 Rugby in 1999 losing to the Crusaders 24-19 in the Grand Final

PLAYERS INCLUDED – Lima, Wilson, Ropati, Chronicled

 

1998 1999 Newcastle Rugby Jersey Old Vintage Shirt

The old shirts are the best!!

This is a Newcastle Falcons Away Rugby Shirt from the 1998/99 season. Made by Adidas it is of that fantastic heavier variety that rugby jerseys should be made of

Short sleeved version

Long sleeved version

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The Falcons had a good squad but only finished 8th in the Allied Dunbar Premiership , see squad and table below. They did reach the Tetleys Bitter Cup Final however they lost to Wasps

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AD Premiership 1998/99 Newcastle Falcons Season squad

  • No. 8

    • Dean Ryan
    • Ross Beattie
  • Openside Flanker

    • Richard Arnold
    • Jimmy Cartmell
    • Steve O’Neill
  • Blindside Flanker

    • Peter Walton
  • Lock

    • Doddie Weir
    • Hugh Vyvyan
    • Gareth Archer
    • Jimmy Rule
  • Hooker

    • Ross Nesdale
    • Neil Frankland
    • Richard Horton
    • Christian Balshan
  • Prop

    • Marius Hurter
    • Simon Best
    • George Graham
    • Ian Peel
    • Tim Morton
    • Nick Popplewell
  • Scrum Half

    • Gary Armstrong
    • Hall Charlton
    • Harley Crane
    • Allen Chilten
  • Outside Half

    • Rob Andrew
    • Jonny Wilkinson
  • Left Wing

    • Tony Underwood
  • Center

    • Martin Shaw
    • Inga Tuigamala
    • Tom May
    • John Leslie
  • Right Wing

    • Ross Cook
    • James Naylor
    • Michael Wood
  • Full Back

    • Peter Massey
    • Stuart Legg

 

Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Tries For Tries Against Points
1 Leicester Tigers (C) 26 22 0 4 771 423 +348 86 34 44
2 Northampton Saints 26 19 0 7 754 556 +198 85 64 38
3 Saracens 26 16 1 9 748 583 +165 82 59 33
4 Harlequins 26 16 1 9 690 653 +37 64 75 33
5 Wasps 26 15 1 10 717 506 +211 80 45 31
6 Bath 26 15 0 11 698 574 +124 81 68 30
7 London Irish 26 15 0 11 703 607 +96 75 65 30
8 Newcastle Falcons 26 14 0 12 719 639 +80 85 69 28
9 Richmond (A)* 26 11 2 13 720 715 +5 96 75 24
10 Gloucester 26 9 1 16 554 643 −89 58 67 19
11 Sale Sharks 26 9 1 16 604 731 −127 76 80 19
12 London Scottish (A)* 26 8 0 18 491 734 −243 40 85 16
13 Bedford Blues 26 6 0 20 541 840 −299 63 101 12
14 West Hartlepool (R) 26 3 1 22 501 1007 −506 50 134 7

* At the end of the 1998–99 season, Richmond and London Scottish were placed into administration and merged with London Irish, and thus did not compete in the subsequent season.

 

 

Uruguay Rugby Jersey 2003 World Cup

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Here we have a rare Uruguay Rugby Shirt from the 2003 World Cup. Official Jersey made by S & F Rugby and has long sleeves. Crest is embroidered on shirt whilst the RWC2003 patch is heat pressed

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Uruguay were competing in their 2nd World Cup after qualifying for the 1999 event as well. They were in Pool C and came 4th out of 5 teams, see table below, along with the results. At least they won a game beating Georgia

Pool C

Team Pld W D L PF PA BP Pts
 England 4 4 0 0 255 47 3 19
 South Africa 4 3 0 1 184 60 3 15
 Samoa 4 2 0 2 138 117 2 10
 Uruguay 4 1 0 3 56 255 0 4
 Georgia 4 0 0 4 46 200 0 0
1 October 2003
South Africa  72–6  Uruguay
Tries: van der Westhuizen (3), van Niekerk, Botha (2), Delport, Fourie, Bands, Rossouw, Scholtz, Greef
Con: Koen (5), Hougaard
Pen: Aguirre (2)
Subiaco Oval, Perth
Attendance: 16,906
Referee: Paddy O’Brien (New Zealand)

 

15 October 2003
Samoa  60–13  Uruguay
Tries: Fa’asavalu (2), Lima (2), Tagicakibau, Fa’atau, Lemalu, Vili, Feaunati, Palepoi
Con: Va’a (3), Vili (2)
Tries: Capó, Lemoine
Pen: Aguirre
Subiaco Oval, Perth
Attendance: 22,020
Referee: David McHugh (Ireland)

 

28 October 2003
Georgia  12–24  Uruguay
Pen: Urjukashvili, Kvirikashvili (3) Tries: Cardoso, Lamelas, Brignoni
Con: Aguirre (2), Menchaca
Pen: Menchaca
Aussie Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 28,576
Referee: Kelvin Deaker (New Zealand)

 

2 November 2003
England  111–13  Uruguay
Tries: Moody, Lewsey (5), Balshaw (2), Catt (2), Gomarsall (2), Luger, Abbott, Robinson (2), Greenwood
Con: Grayson (11), Catt (2)
Tries: Lemoine
Con: Menchaca
Pen: Menchaca (2)
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 46,233
Referee: Nigel Whitehouse (Wales