Condition: 8/10 Excellent. Some wear to the main sponsor
Size: Adults Large
Chest Measurement: 42-44 Inches / 105-112 CM
Colour: Blue, yellow & claret trim
Seasons: 2001 & 2002
Patches: Super 12
Official Adidas Highlanders home rugby shirt from the 2001 & 2002 Super 12 seasons.
Condition of this vintage rugby shirt is 8/10 – Excellent. Some wear to the main sponsor (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.
Laurie Mains had returned from South Africa to coach Otago in the 2001 National Provincial Championship (NPC), and was appointed the Highlanders coach for 2002. Their season started with a narrow 30–28 loss to the Crusaders at Jade Stadium. That year the Highlanders also achieved a win over all four South African teams. The Gordon Hunter Memorial Trophy was also introduced that season to be contested between the Highlanders and Blues. Gordon Hunter had coached both teams before dying from cancer in 2001.
The match was played at Eden Park, and the Highlanders were ahead 15–3 at half time, and eventually won 20–13. Their last home match of the season was against the Reds at Carisbrook. The Highlanders' 40–26 win meant that they had gone three seasons undefeated at Carisbrook. The Highlanders finished fourth and played the Crusaders in Christchurch where they lost 34–23, although Jeff Wilson did score a try in his last match for the franchise.