Condition: 9/10 Superb
Size: Adults Medium
Chest Measurement: 39-41 Inches / 99-102 CM
Colour: Grey & black, white trim
Material: Cotton / Polyester
Official Canterbury Fiji home rugby shirt from the 2002/03 international season.
Fiji wore this jersey at the 2002 Commonwealth games staged in Manchester, England.
Condition of this original rugby shirt is 9/10 – Superb (see photos).
Material is bright, vivid and smooth. Fantastic looking jersey, ideal for a collector or for framing.
Professionalisation was a mixed blessing for the Fijian game. On the one hand, it meant that the Fiji team could call on professional talent, and on the other, it meant a "brawn drain", as players such as Serevi, Rosari, Bale and Vidiri were drawn out of Fiji, and into the leagues of Japan and New Zealand, which diminished the domestic competition.
Fiji qualified for the 1999 Rugby World Cup in Wales and were grouped in pool C. After strong pool victories over Namibia and Canada, they lost their last game against France. Their pool wins saw them finish second in their pool behind France, and move through to the finals. They lost to England at Twickenham, 45 to 24. Political unrest in Fiji during 2000 forced the FRU to accept the cost of hosting international meets in Samoa, instead of Fiji.