The Australia 1899 vintage rugby shirt is made with a heavyweight slub cotton which gives the shirt a hard wearing yet soft and comfortable finish.
This heritage ‘old school’ shirt combines vintage colour dyes with a distressed wash to produce a nicely worn-in look and feel.
Australia’s first international match was played against the touring British Isles team in 1899.
The first Test was played at the Sydney Cricket Ground and won 13–3 by Australia, but the tourists won the remaining three Tests.
The Australian team for the first match consisted of six players from Queensland and nine from New South Wales. The team wore the blue of New South Wales when playing in Sydney and the maroon of Queensland when playing in Brisbane, but with an Australian Coat of Arms in place of the usual emblems of each colony.
The first Test between Australia and New Zealand was played at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 1903, with New Zealand winning 22–3.
Newspapers in England initially gave the team the nickname ‘Rabbits’ but the Australians rejected this as they did not want the national team to be represented by an imported pest. They opted instead for the native Wallaby.
Heavy duty 100% slub cotton
Embroidered vintage logo with the date of their first international match
Embroidered 1871 detailing on the back of the neck
Two rubber button placket
Made in Portugal