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Rare rugby blazer put up for sale
South African International Rugby Blazer dating to 1906/7
The blazer is expected to fetch up to 8,000
A blazer made for the South African rugby team's first tour of the Northern Hemisphere is expected to fetch thousands at a Shropshire auction.

The blazer is part of a collection of sporting memorabilia which will go under the hammer in Ludlow next month.

Mementoes from the career of Sir Bert Millichip, former chairman of the Football Association, are also on sale.

Auctioneers Mullock Madeley said the blazer, which dates from 1906/7, has attracted international interest.

It was worn by team member Chris De Melker when the Springboks arrived in Europe to play England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and France.

Mullock Madeley expect it to fetch between 5,000 and 8,000.

John Mullock said: "This is an exceptional four-button blazer dating to 1906/7.

"It is green with a yellow trim to collar, cuffs and pockets and an embroidered Springbok design to the breast pocket."

Blazers were scarce at the time of the tour because they were not issued as standard to players.

The only other blazer known to exist from the tour is in the South African Rugby Museum and belonged to the captain, Paul Roos.

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