Condition: 8/10 Excellent. Light wear
Size: Adults Large
Chest Measurement: 43-45 Inches / 109-115 CM
Colour: Red, white trim
Seasons: 1995/1996 & 1996/1997
Official Canterbury Tonga home long sleeve rugby shirt from the 1995/96 international season.
Condition of this original rugby shirt is 8/10 – Excellent. Light wear (see photos).
Material is bright, vivid and smooth. Fantastic looking shirt, ideal for a collector or for framing.
They qualified for the 1995 World Cup ahead of Fiji on points difference. Tonga managed only two victories in the next two World Cups, against the 29–11 Côte d'Ivoire in 1995 and Italy in 1999. The win over the Côte d'Ivoire brought tragedy when Ivorian winger Max Brito was left paralyzed.
June 1999 brought their greatest home victory, a 20–16 defeat of France in Nukuʻalofa over a touring France but in 2000 they were humiliated 102–0 (including 15 tries) by New Zealand.
After losing their first four matches to Fiji and Samoa, Tonga finished third in the Oceania qualifying group. As a result, they had to play home and away matches against Papua New Guinea, which they won 47–14 and 84–12, followed by a play-off against South Korea, who finished as runners-up in the Asian section. Tonga thrashed them 75–0 and 119–0.
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