Condition: 10/10 Ne with tags
Size: Adult’s XXL
Chest Measurement: 48-50 Inches / 122-127 CM
Manufacturer: Knight Sportswear
Colour: Grey, white trim
Official Knight Sportswear Royal Air Force ‘Vets’ rugby shirt. Complete with #8 on printed on the back of the shirt
Condition of this vintage football jersey is 10/10 – New with tags (see photos).
The founding of the RAFRU relies much on the shoulders of William Wavell Wakefield. He joined the Royal Navy Air Service but on the formation of the Royal Air Force in April 1918 he transferred to them. He was one of the founders of the RAFRU; and in its early years a driving force:- he was a player, captaining the team; a selector; and the secretary of the RAFRU.
He played in 8 Inter-Service matches for the club, captaining the side in all the matches. His last two matches for RAFRU were particularly noteworthy.
The RAFRU played its first Inter-Service match at Twickenham Stadium on 14 February 1923. This was against the Royal Navy Rugby Union. They beat the Navy 3-0 in the match. Another Inter-Service match was organised against the Army Rugby Union on 10 March 1923, again at Twickenham, and again RAFRU were victorious, winning the match 13-5 and becoming Twickenham's Inter-Service champions at the first time of asking.
The RAF-Army match was Wakefield's last match as a player for RAFRU. That same year he was called up to the England squad.
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