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Samoa Rugby Union Shirt Vintage Jersey

£69.95

On 18 August 1924, Western Samoa played its first international against Fiji in the capital Apia, the visitors winning 6–0. The match was played at 7am to allow the Samoans time to get to work afterwards and was played on a pitch with a large tree on the halfway line. The return match was won 9–3 by Samoa to draw the series.

Description

An Introduction to Samoa Rugby Union Shirt

Produced by Ellis Rugby, Samoa Rugby Union Shirt is the finest shirt in quality. Samoa Rugby Union established in 1924, as the “Apia Rugby Union”. It joined the IRB in 1988 under the name Western Samoa Rugby Football Union. Later dropped the ‘Western’ from the title to become Samoa Rugby Union.

In 1920 the Marist Brothers an international community of Catholic Religious Institute of Brothers brought the game to Samoa. The aim of the Marist Brothers was to educate young people. Especially those most neglected. And rugby was seen as the perfect activity to provide young Samoan boys with discipline and exercise.

On 18 August 1924, Western Samoa played its first international against Fiji in the capital Apia, the visitors winning 6–0. The match was played at 7 am to allow the Samoans time to get to work afterwards. And played on a pitch with a large tree on the halfway line. The return match won 9–3 by Samoa to draw the series.

In the early days, partly due to the isolation of the islands, international games for Western Samoa confined to the other South Sea islands of Fiji and Tonga. It wasn’t until 1988 that Samoan rugby left its mark on the international game when they toured Wales. Although they faced defeat by 32 points to 14, the Samoa team produced a very competitive display. In the 1991 Rugby World Cup match against Wales at the Cardiff Arms Park, they shocked the home crowd to record 16 points to 13 wins.

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Traditionally, many of Samoa’s best players defected to New Zealand. And the relationship with the “All Blacks” is seen as a mixed blessing. On the one hand, it has allowed Samoa to recruit amongst the massive pool of first and second generation Samoan migrants in New Zealand. But on the other many promising Samoan players enticed to wear the New Zealand Rugby Shirt. Rather than the Samoa Rugby Union Shirt.

The Samoa rugby union team used to perform the traditional ‘Maulu’ulu Moa’ before matches. Just before the 1991 Rugby World Cup, the ‘Manu’ war chant composed and all Samoan sporting teams perform the “Manu Siva Tau” before each match. It is considered to be more effective at psyching up players.

Many players have traditional Samoan tattoos (tatau), pe’a (male tatau), malu (female tatau). The tattoos demonstrate the strong ties many Samoans feel for their culture. The geometric patterns are based on ancient designs that often denote rank and status. The va’a (canoe), for example, stretches across a man’s mid-back.

Manufacturing

Manufactured from satin touch 100% cotton, the Samoa Rugby Union Shirt features detailed embroidery on the crest traditional Samoan shield. Also. it matches inner placket, cuffs and collar, herringbone detail on vents and velvet tape on the neck opening. In addition, there is a complex ‘11’ applique patch on the back with the subtle Ellis Rugby. Also, there is branding on the collar stand and tone on tone logo on the arm.

In addition to the Samoa Rugby Union Shirt, we also offer a Samoa Rugby Union Polo Shirt and T-shirt.

The available sizes are S – XL.

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Size

Small, Medium, Large, X Large, 2X Large, 3X Large, 4X Large

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