Condition: - 8.5/10 – Excellent (see photos).
Shirt Size: - Adults Small
Chest Measurement: - 36-38 Inches / 95-100 CM
Shirt Manufacturer: - Canterbury
Shirt Colour: - Black, green, white
Shirt Material: - Cotton
Seasons: - 2000/2001
Player: - N/A
Patches: - N/A
Official Canterbury Ireland leisure rugby shirt from the 2000/2001 season.
Condition of this vintage rugby shirt is 8.5/10 – Excellent (see photos).
All size and manufacturers labels present (see photos). Material is bright, vivid and smooth. Fantastic looking shirt, ideal for a collector or for framing.
The start of the professional era was disappointing for Ireland, who finished bottom of the Five Nations Championship three years in succession (1996, 1997 and 1998). Warren Gatland took over as coach in 1998, but was unable to produce immediate success. 1999 was the first time Ireland failed to reach the quarter finals at a Rugby World Cup. The 1999 World Cup was staged primarily in Wales, though Ireland played all their pool games in Dublin. In a play-off, Ireland were beaten 28–24 by Argentina and failed to reach the quarter finals.
From this nadir, however, Irish rugby improved rapidly. With the advent of professionalism, the Irish Rugby Football Union converted the four representative provincial sides into de facto club sides, with the financial capacity to retain Irish talent, and retaining strong links with Irish amateur clubs and schools. The later formation in 2001 of the Celtic League (now called the Pro12) ensured that Irish provincial sides had regular competitive rugby.