Condition: 8/10 Excellent. Few small faint marks scattered around the jersey
Size: Adult’s Medium (slim fitting)
Chest Measurement: 36-38 Inches / 92-97 CM
Colour: White, blue trim
Official Gilbert Italy away long sleeve rugby shirt from the 1990s.
This official Gilbert jersey was produced under license from the FIR, towards the first half of the 1990s.
Condition of this vintage rugby jersey is 8/10 – Excellent. Few small faint marks scattered around the jersey (see photos).
In 1986, Italy hosted an England XV squad in Rome, drawing 15–15. The Azzurri took part in the first-ever Rugby World Cup match against New Zealand on 22 May 1987. The match proved a one-sided affair with New Zealand convincing 70–6 winners against a young Italy side. John Kirwan, later to become the Italy national coach, scored one of the tournament's greatest-ever tries for the All Blacks. Italy beat Fiji but lost to Argentina and finished third in their pool, failing to make the finals. In 1988, they played Ireland for the first time.
At the 1991 World Cup, Italy were grouped in a tough pool with the likes of England and the All Blacks. They lost both of these games but beat the USA. Italy first played Wales in 1994. At the 1995 World Cup in South Africa, Italy came close to beating England; losing 20–27, but recovered to beat Argentina. They finished third in their pool again below England and Western Samoa, but above the Argentines.
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