Barbarians shirt worn by Sir Gareth Edwards sells for a record-breaking £240k
Sir Gareth Edwards’ jersey, which he wore when he scored one of rugby’s greatest tries in history, set a world record when it was auctioned off for $240,000.
It was believed that Sir Gareth’s Barbarians jersey from a 1973 game against New Zealand was worth between £150,000 and £200,000.
It surpasses the previous record for the most expensive rugby shirt, which was £180,000.
The number 9 jersey worn by Edwards is now the most expensive sporting item ever purchased at a UK auction.
The new owner of the jersey’s identity is currently unknown.
Classic All Blacks shirt from Barbarians v. New Zealand, which was worn fifty years ago, sold for £180,000.
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The jersey was part of a collection of memorabilia from Sir Gareth’s illustrious rugby career that was auctioned off at Rogers Jones Auctioneers in the Vale of Glamorgan.
It was used in the Barbarians’ incredible comeback victory over the New Zealand All Blacks at Cardiff Arms Park, where they trailed 17-0 at the break.
It was described as “a priceless piece of rugby memorabilia” by auctioneer Ben Rogers Jones.
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“That is the shirt off the back of the man who scored the greatest try of all time in a game that many regard to be the best game of all time,” he said. “He has been regularly chosen the greatest player of all time.”
It is among the most important rugby jerseys ever worn.
A shirt worn by one of the best forwards of all time, Colin Meads of New Zealand, was among the other objects up for auction.
Once the game in which he scored his infamous try ends, Gareth Edwards is hoisted in the air.
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When the game in Cardiff came to a close, Edwards was raised in the air.
Colin traveled to the UK and France with the All Blacks in 1967, according to Sir Gareth.
“They had to leave all of their equipment behind after the customary final game of the tour against the Barbarians at Twickenham because they were unable to travel to Ireland due to the foot and mouth epidemic.
“The Barbarian players were invited to use any equipment they pleased in their dressing room.
“There were many different goods available to us, including shirts and some gorgeous boots. I felt the Colin Meads jersey looked lovely and would be nice to own.”
Sir Gareth continued, “I only hope that they go to decent homes and that their new owners appreciate them as much as I have over the years.
“I’ve given away quite a few of my jerseys over the years, but those that I’ve saved from post-match swaps or that I’ve personally worn are neatly stored in cardboard boxes in the snooker room.
It’s high time they got a nicer place to live.