What’s believed to be the oldest Wales international rugby jersey in the world is to go up for sale next month at local auctioneers Rogers and Jones.
The jersey dates back to 1894 and was worn by Welsh International Fred Hutchinson in three appearances for his country that year It’s so rare – and so old – the jersey is expected to attract bids of up to £20,000.
Also included in the sale are all three of the Welsh international caps awarded to Fred Hutchinson between 1894 and 1895. In those days, of course, international rugby players were amateurs and worked their sporting commitments around their day-jobs. Hutchinson was a railway worker
Rogers and Jones say his 122-year-old jersey is in “immaculate condition considering its age” . They say “The colour has held remarkably well on the jersey and crest. It’s an incredible item and is the oldest international rugby jersey to ever be offered for sale publicly.”
The jersey is amongst 50 lots of sporting memorabilia which are going up for auction at the Penarth Road sale-rooms of Rogers and Jones on May 13th 2016.
One of the items in the sale which definitely wasn’t owned by Fred Hutchinson is a personal car-registration plate “1 WRU” . That too is expected to make more than £20,000.