France Rugby 1906 Sweatshirt.
France Rugby 1906 Sweatshirt
The historic clash between France and the New Zealand All Blacks on January 1, 1906, at the Parc des Princes in Paris marked a momentous occasion for French rugby. Captained by Henri Amand, the French team, albeit inexperienced, showcased their determination against the formidable All Blacks. Among the standout players was Georges Jèrôme, a talented lock forward born in French Guiana in 1883.
France Rugby Legend – Georges Jèrôme
Jèrôme’s journey from his homeland to continental France defined his adult life, particularly his dedication to rugby. Having triumphed with Stade Français in the Championnat de France, he earned a place in the French lineup for the historic clash against the touring New Zealand ‘Originals.’ This game not only marked France’s first capped international match but also stood as one of the pioneering contests to feature non-white players, with Jèrôme and André Vergès making significant contributions.
France First Ever Rugby International Against the New Zealand All Blacks
In a moment of glory during the match, Jèrôme scored the second try for France following the halftime break. Despite their spirited efforts, the inexperienced French team succumbed to the All Blacks, with a final score of 38–8. The encounter showcased the resilience of the French team in the face of a powerful adversary, laying the foundation for their future endeavors in international rugby.
The significance of this match extended beyond the scoreboard. It was a testament to the multicultural nature of rugby, with players like Jèrôme breaking barriers on the international stage. As a lasting tribute to this historic event, rugby enthusiasts can now celebrate the France Rugby 1906 Sweatshirt, an emblematic reminder of the pioneering spirit that characterized that memorable day at the Parc des Princes.
Georges Jèrôme inspiring Rugby Player and Coach
Georges Jèrôme’s impactful career didn’t end with his playing days. Following his time on the field, he dedicated himself to coaching rugby in Périgueux and Villeneuve-sur-Lot, leaving an indelible mark on the sport. His legacy, intertwined with the birth of French international rugby, continues to inspire generations of players and fans alike. The France Rugby 1906 Sweatshirt, adorned with the historic date, serves as a cherished symbol of this pivotal moment in the annals of French rugby.
The Story Behind the France Rugby 1906 Sweatshirt
This iconic France Rugby Sweatshirt. Manufactured from soft touch 100% cotton with fleece lined inner. The sweatshirt zipper features a detailed applique circle Crest. Other features include tricolour neck & cuff rib, and tape on the neck opening. Also, we offer a vintage France Rugby Collection.
Available in S to 5XL.
This product includes our unique ‘Story-Teller’ microchip. Scan the garment label on the front, just above the hem. A message will appear on iPhones, tap the icon and the video will launch. Android Smartphones often scan better if the back of the phone is placed over the label. Once the chip is detected the video will launch automatically on your phone.
Please note: The Ellis Rugby ‘Story-Teller’ is an additional feature to our garments. We will not accept returns. Or supply replacements if the tag does not work, or stops working during the garment’s life.
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