France Rugby Polo 1906.
France Rugby Polo 1906
Henri Amand, the inaugural captain of the France Rugby Union team, etched his name in history on January 1, 1906, when he led his side against the formidable New Zealand All Blacks at the Parc des Princes in Paris. The ambiance was far from ideal—a cold and rainy afternoon—but Amand, the fly-half from Stade Français, rose to the occasion as the captain of a team that embodied the diverse talent pool of French rugby.
France Rugby Legend – Henri Amand
The France Rugby Polo 1906 team was a patchwork quilt of players from prominent clubs like Stade Français, Racing Club de France, Stade Bordelais, F.C. Lyon, S.O.E. Toulouse, and Havre A.C. The challenge was not just the All Blacks, renowned as Gallaher’s team, but the fact that this French squad had never played or trained together before. Some players had arrived in Paris just moments before kickoff, having undertaken a last-minute journey by train.
France First Ever Rugby International Against the New Zealand All Blacks
In the face of adversity, Henri Amand marshaled his team, embracing the role of the pioneer. The match, however, ended in a 38–8 victory for the All Blacks, highlighting the vast experience gap between the seasoned New Zealanders and the nascent French team. Despite the defeat, Amand’s leadership laid the foundation for future French rugby endeavors, setting a precedent for the resilience and passion that would become synonymous with France Rugby. Henri Amand’s captaincy in the historic France vs. New Zealand clash remains a landmark moment in the annals of French rugby, a testament to the sport’s enduring spirit and the courage of its trailblazers.
The Story Behind the France Rugby Polo 1906
This iconic France Rugby Polo. Manufactured from pique 100% cotton, the polo features a detailed applique circle Crest. Other features include a herringbone finish on the vents and tape on the neck opening. Also, we offer a vintage France Rugby Collection.
Available in S to 5XL.
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