Condition: 9/10 Superb
Size: Adult’s Medium
Chest Measurement: 40-42 Inches / 101-106 CM
Colour: Red, white & black trim
Seasons: 2007 & 2008
Patches: Super 14
Official Canterbury home rugby shirt from the 2007 season. Complete with original Super14 patch on the sleeve.
Condition of this vintage jersey is 9/10 – Superb (see photos).
After the Super 12 was expanded in 2006 to become the Super 14, South African Rugby was awarded an additional franchise. Even though there was pressure from government to award the franchise to the Eastern Cape based Southern Spears (now the Southern Kings), the franchise was awarded to the Free State Cheetahs and Griquas thus ending their involvement with the Cats. The Cats were now made up of the Lions, the Leopards and the Pumas. The Johannesburg Super 14 franchise was still known as the Cats in 2006, but finally rebranded themselves as the Super 14 Lions in 2007.
Midway through 2008, Prof. Jannie Fereirra was replaced by former Lions and Springbok lock Kevin de Klerk as president of the GLRU. Throughout the 2000s attendances at Ellis Park has been on the downslide, with the team’s performances following a similar course. With the rise of the Sharks, Blue Bulls and to a lesser extent Western Province, and the tendency of South Africans to play in Europe, the GLRU had difficulty in keeping their star players contracted.
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