Condition: 8/10 Excellent. Light wear. Very faint 'pink' colour transfer to the collar (from the red jersey)
Size: Adult's Medium (loose fitting)
Chest Measurement: 42-44 Inches / 107-112 CM
Colour: Red, white trim
Official Adidas British & Irish Lions long sleeve rugby shirt from the 1997 tour of South Africa.
This is the rarer 'pre-tour' version of the jersey, manufactured before the Lions' won the Test series. Jerseys manufactured after the tour victory featured 'Victory in South Africa' embroidered above the crest.
Condition of this original rugby jersey is 8/10 - Excellent. Light wear. Very faint 'pink' colour transfer to the collar (from the red jersey) (see photos).
The Lions convincingly won the first test at Newlands 25–16 with Neil Jenkins kicking five penalties, and Matt Dawson and Alan Tait scoring tries. Despite scoring three tries in the second test at Durban, the Springboks suffered from some woeful goal kicking and failed to land any penalties or conversions, while the Lions Neil Jenkins once again kicked five penalties to level the scores at 15–15 before a Jerry Guscott drop goal for an 18–15 lead for the Lions.
The Lions then held off a ferocious South African fightback, Lawrence Dallaglio putting in a magnificent try-saving tackle, to win the match 18–15 and take the series. The third test at Ellis Park proved a match too far for the Lions squad and they lost 35–16.
The tour was a triumph for the Lions management of Fran Cotton (Manager), Ian McGeechan (Head Coach), Jim Telfer (Assistant Coach) and especially the Captain Martin Johnson. It was the last occasion on which the Lions returned victorious from a tour until the victorious tour of Australia in 2013.
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