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By NSWRU Media Unit, Waratahs Media Unit
You can’t get much closer to a player than his match-worn jersey. The unique commemorative jerseys worn by the players for the Bulls match last Friday night come complete with sweat and tears after the team’s heartbreaking 24-27 last-minute loss. And now fans have little more than 48 hours to secure their piece of HSBC Waratahs history with our exclusive online match-worn jersey auction.
Designed specifically to commemorate one of the greatest moments in NSW Rugby history, the limited edition, 2012 commemorative jerseys worn and signed by the matchday 22 themselves are available for fans and sports enthusiasts to buy now in the HSBC Waratahs online auction. Leading the way is Adam Ashley-Cooper ($700), with Rocky Elsom and Wycliff Palu just behind at $650. A surprise front-runner is hooker John Ulugia, whose jersey currently sits fourth with $500. There are still some good deals to be had, amongst them Benn Robinson’s No. 1 and Berrick Barnes’ No. 10 jerseys, which could be yours for just $380 apiece.
Waratahs Rugby guarantees the authenticity of all items auctioned on the Official Auction Site of Waratahs Rugby. The auction finishes this Friday, May 18 at 5pm Eastern Standard Time.
For those who prefer off the peg to off the back, there are still a limited number of replica jerseys available to buy from the Stadium Store. Made for supporters, the retail version of the jersey offers a more generous fit, comes in the old-style cotton fabric also has the traditional white collar. The jerseys carry the number 37 on the back as well as commemorative embroidery that reads: COMMEMORATING THE 75th ANNIVERSARY OF THE DOWNING OF THE BOKS, June 19th, 1937 at the SCG, NSW Waratahs 17 def The Springboks 6.
Both the matchday and replica versions carry the heritage Waratah logo as worn by the 1937 NSW Waratahs and feature a cloth patch on the right front of the jersey which is a recreation of the centre page of the official match day program from June 19, 1937. This page carries the signatures of both full teams including legendary Springbok half back Danie Craven and Cyril Towers, who remains the NSW Waratahs’ all-time highest try scorer with 49.
The program is recreated with kind permission from 83-year-old New South Welshman John Bradshaw who has preserved it after receiving it as a gift from his dad, after the pair attended the historic game together back in 1937 at the SCG.