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This is a rare South Africa Official Nike long sleeved Rugby Union Shirt from 1998 commemorating Mark Andrews 50th Test

CONDITION - Shirt is in very good condition

CONDITION DETAILS - Colours are good, logos are excellent. There is light bobbling on the front and back. 

SIZE -  Adults XL.

Armpit to armpit 22 inches. Top of shoulder top bottom of the shirt 30 inches. 

This is smaller than a usual size XL and more like size Large

Please check the measurements as sizes from previous periods can be different to todays standard sizes.

MADE BY - Nike of 100% cotton. 

FEATURES - Limited Edition 32 of 50. 50th Test Mark Andrews SA vs Wales Wembley 14 Nov 1998 detail on chest.

DETAIL - Limited edition shirt commemorating Mark Andrews 50th Test in the game v Wales at Wembley in November 1998. 

See the BBC report of the game below

Wales 20 South Africa 28

Wales were cruelly denied a momentous victory against the world champions thanks in part to the wizardry of the Springboks' scrum-half Joost van der Westhuizen.

For long periods of the game, Wales led South Africa and the visitors only made it certain within minutes of the final whistle.

Wales took to the unfamiliar turf of Wembley determined to atone for the summer's humiliating 96-13 defeat in Pretoria.

From the start they took the game straight to the world champions, their endeavour paying off in the ninth minute with a try by right-winger Gareth Thomas.

[ image: It's all up in the air: Opposing forwards vie for the ball]
It's all up in the air: Opposing forwards vie for the ball

Swansea centre Mark Taylor picked up a loose ball and made a darting break and managed to pass the ball up to full-back Shane Howarth as he stumbled.

Howarth, the Kiwi making his first start as full-back, made ground before passing to Thomas who raced over to score in the corner his 14th try for Wales in only his 29th appearance.

Neil Jenkins failed with the conversion, but he increased the lead with a penalty in the 14th minute to take his tally for his country to just three points shy of the 600 mark.

Wales extended their lead to 11-0 with a 22nd minute penalty by Jenkins. The prolific kicker added another three points with a penalty four minutes later.

The South Africans edged back with a penalty try in the 32nd minute after opting for a scrum five metres from the Welsh line.

Wales attempted to spoil within the scrum and the referee had no hesitation in awarding the penalty try. The easy conversion was dealt with by Franco Smith.

[ image: Captain Gary Teichmann congratulates Joost van der Westhuizen]
Captain Gary Teichmann congratulates Joost van der Westhuizen

Three minutes later, the Springboks levelled the scores with a sparkling try by scrum-half Joost van der Westhuizen, converted again by Smith.

Wales came out in determined fashion for the second half and regained the lead within 90 seconds as Jenkins again punished the Springboks following a misdemeanour.

The 27-year-old slotted over his fourth penalty from the 22-metre line after the visitors had been caught offside.

South Africa coach Nick Mallett quickly responded with a double substitution with Andrews, in his 50th match, making way for Bobby Skinstad and Ollie Le Roux replacing prop Adrian Garvey.

The switch soon paid dividends as Smith levelled the scores after 50 minutes with a penalty in front of the posts.

Outside-half Henry Honiball was then yellow carded for a late tackle on Wales skipper Robert Howley.

In the 60th minute, Jenkins proved his worth by slotting over a penalty from far out on the right, nosing Wales ahead 20-17.

The crowd sensed a momentous victory but the Springboks refused to cede and piled on the pressure, pinning Wales down on their try line.

The waves of attack paid off when Wales were lured offside, allowing Smith to tie the scores at 20-20.

Then in added time, up stepped van der Westhuizen to jink his way down the right flank and despite the suspicion of a forward pass, Andre Venter touched down.

Wales were penalised in the 86th minute for bringing down a scrum in front of their posts, allowing Smith to stretch the winning margin to eight points.

Andrews' half-century

It was an afternoon of records for the Springboks. Lock Mark Andrews was given a tremendous welcome by the 50,000 crowd.

He was left to take the field alone before the game to mark his 50th appearance in the green and yellow jersey. It was also a date to note for skipper Gary Teichmann, leading his side for he 30th time, breaking the record set by Francois Pienaar.


Wales : Howarth, Thomas, Taylor, Gibbs, James, Jenkins, Howley, Lewis Humphreys, Anthony, C Quinnell, Wyatt, Charvis, S Quinnell, M Williams.

Replacements : Rayer, Boobyer, Llewellyn, Voyle, Morris, Evans, B Williams.

South Africa : Montgomery, Terblanche, Snyman, Smith, Rossouw, Honiball, van de Westhuizen, Kempson, Dalton, Garvey, Otto, Andrews, Erasmus, Teichmann, Venter.

Replacements : du Toi, van Straaten, Swanepoel, Skinstad, Broome, Drotske, le Roux.

Referee : S Dickinson (Australia)

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