Australian Imperial Force

Rugby jersey in jersey cotton, sky blue

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Made in FR

3 reasons for choosing this jersey

  • The jersey worn by the Australian Imperial Force at the end of the First World War
  • The quality of the beautiful hand-made knit, made in our French shops.
  • Sold in a gift box with a sticker detailing the shirt's history, written in association with the French Sports Museum.
 

Delivery costs

France 7,00 € - Offert à partir de 150 €
European Union 15,00 €
Other countries 30,00 €

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Australian Imperial Force

At the end of the First World War, almost 250,000 soldiers of the Australian Imperial Force are waiting to go back to Australia and home.

To keep morale up while awaiting the grand home coming,  some sports competitions were organized. 
The AIF therefore got a rugby team together lead by their captain, Peter Buchanan : This  « Trench Team » started by beating a French team, of “war internationals” lead by Fernand Forgues, then they played the King’s Cup in England. In competition with the other Commonwealth nations, the Australian soldiers did well in winning 12 matches out of 16, leaving the New-Zealanders (what a surprise!) to win the trophy. The AIF team, once back home, participated in reviving the game of rugby in the stadiums and in the hearts of the Australians.
This jersey is a tribute to the courage of these soldiers, all volunteers, who fought so bravely at our side.

Details

  • Hand-made in France
  • Heavy cotton jersey
  • Original style knitting machine gauge 12
  • Blazon AIF embroidered over the heart
  • 3 buttons front panel
  • Sizes: M, L, XL, XXL, 3XL 
  • Sold in a gift box detailing the shirt's history

Cleaning instructions

Machine washable at 30°C inside out, wash with like colours, risk of disgorging, gentle ironing, machine drying not recommended.

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