Rugby World Cup memorabilia and collectibles



2015-06-26 10:46:53

Rugby World Cup memorabilia and collectibles comprise a huge range of sports memorabilia associated with Rugby World Cups, the most prestigious competition in the Rugby Union code. The competition is held every four years. New Zealand won the bid for the 2011 competition. South Africa claimed the title in 2007, beating England in the final.

Types of collectibles

Rugby World Cup collectibles comprise a range of items, including:


Rugby World Cup memorabilia does not tend to command the biggest sums at auction in comparison with items from other major sporting events such as FIFA World Cup memorabilia and collectibles.

This is in part due to the infancy of the competition, which first took place in 1987 in Australia and New Zealand.

Notable sales

The boots England captain Martin Johnson wore during the 2003 World Cup Final sold at Bonhams for £4,680 in February 2010. The black and yellow Adidas boots came with a signed photograph of Johnson receiving a cast of the boots.

A Brent Cockbain World Cup 2003 Wales shirt, signed by the entire Wales squad for the competition, made £1,000 at a charity auction in February 2004 for the Alzheimer's Society.

An official match ball used in the 1991 World Cup final between Australia and England achieved £2,115 at Bonhams in January 2004.

Notable collections

England star Jason Robinson’s rugby union and rugby league world cup final shirts are housed in the Priory Collection of sports memorabilia. Robinson is the only man to appear in world cup finals of both rugby codes.

The collection is owned by Nigel Wray, the owner of Saracens FC rugby club.

Related WikiCollecting articles

Main article: Priory Collection of sports memorabilia

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