Mark Regan Signed England Rugby Shirt
Mark Regan Match Worn and Team Signed England Rugby Shirt awarded to him when he played for England against the Barbarians on Sunday 25 May 2003. This game was a non cap game and was used as a warm up game for the upcoming World Cup. England lost the game 36-49 against a vibrant Barbarian's side.
This shirt is unframed but can be framed at an additional cost.
A rare and unique signed England match shirt from the 2003 World Cup Winning Season.
Mark Regan Bibliography
Mark 'Ronnie' Regan MBE was born 28 January 1972 in Bristol and was an English rugby union player. He has played as a hooker for Bristol, Bath, Leeds Tykes as well as England and the British Lions.
His England breakthrough came when he succeeded Brian Moore in 1995 for the visit of South Africa to Twickenham in November. He became the first player to make his England debut in the professional era of rugby union, which began in August of that year. Although Lawrence Dallaglio made his England debut in the same match, he came off the bench, whilst Regan was in the starting XV. Despite being on the losing side, he retained his place for the 1996 and 1997 Five Nations championships.
He lost form on his return from Lions duty and lost his England place to new club mate Andy Long and then Richard Cockerill. Even though he played a major role in Bath's Heineken Cup victory over Brive in Bordeaux, the hooker was out of favour with the then England Coach Clive Woodward. In 1999/2000, he re-emerged as a player: he shed over a stone in weight and hit back at critics who believed his line-out throwing was too inconsistent for international level by turning in some impressive performances for Bath. A prominent figure in the clubs late season challenge for the Allied Dunbar Premiership, he was voted the Bath forward of the year.
He returned to the international scene as a training squad member and England A player. He returned to the England squad on the tour to South Africa in 2000. He played some of the best rugby of his career and selection for the autumn internationals followed. Phil Greening's knee and hand injuries allowed him to take over as England's number one hooker for the Six Nations Championship; however, Clive Woodward opted for Leicester Tigers Dorian West and Regan was forced to sit on the bench for most of the campaign, he was selected for England's summer tour. However, hindered by his injury, Regan struggled to find his early season form. He remained part of the England set-up for the 2001-2002 season and again went on tour in the summer to Argentina.
He joined Leeds Tykes in August 2002 from Bath and quickly became a central figure at Headingley. He made his debut on the opening day of the 2002-2003 season in a 26-13 win over Leicester Tigers. After moving to Leeds his displays not only saw him become a crowd favourite but also saw a revival in his international career, as he was selected for the England squad for the 2003 Rugby World Cup.
He announced his international retirement in 2004 after not being selected for the game against Canada. He left Leeds at the end of the 2004-05 season having helped secure Leeds Premiership status, as well as winning a Powergen Cup winners medal, the final of which he started. He played 69 times for Leeds and scored 6 tries. In 2005-6 he was instrumental in helping newly promoted Bristol Rugby (his hometown club) retain their Premiership status.
He came out of international retirement in 2007 and was impressive in England's otherwise lacklustre tour of South Africa. Consequently, he was named in the England squad for the 2007 Rugby World Cup. He was also named in the England squad for the 2008 Six Nations Championship alongside Leicester's George Chuter and Bath's Lee Mears. After the world cup, Regan was selected to captain the Barbarians against South Africa but was refused permission to play from Bristol. However, he ignored the club and played the game anyway.
After England beat France 24-13 in Paris in the 2008 Six Nations Championship, he was described by French coach Marc Lièvremont as a 'grotesque clown'. This was to be his last appearance for England.
He finished his playing career with England with 46 caps and 15 points and more noteably a World Cup Winner in the 2003 Rugby World Cup.
2003 Rugby World Cup Bibliography
Rugby World Cup 2003 captured the imagination of the Australian public, just as the Sydney Olympics had three years earlier, and thousands and thousands of them attended matches across the country, not just in the traditional heartlands of the Game.
A total of 1,837,547 fans saw the 48 matches across 10 cities.The only thing missing was a successful defence of the Webb Ellis Cup for Australia, who had been in the unique position as hosts and defending champions.They came pretty close though, as they made the final and were only denied a third title in 4 tournaments when England kicked the winning drop goal in the dying seconds of extra-time to give them a 20-17 victory at Telstra Stadium.
Martin Johnson became the first northern hemisphere captain to win the Webb Ellis Cup after a final which had kept a record crowd of 82,957 on the edge of their seats for 100 minutes.England brought with them fifty thousand fans to the build up of the game,with fans descending to Sydney in the build up to the Final, many of them watching the action unfold on giant screens. The RWC 2003 started with a then record of 80 countries trying to qualify to take part.This meant that a further twelve teams would join the eight quarter-finalists from the tournament four years earlier to play in Australia.The 20 teams who qualified were then divided into four pools of five, and while the usual teams progressed to the last eight, the pool stages were not without their moments.
Australia only edged Ireland 17-16 to confirm top spot in Pool A with the Irish then beating Argentina by a single point to avenge their quarter-final play-off loss in 1999, while Scotland battled past Fiji 22-20 to join France as Pool B representatives in the last eight.
England also won the crunch Pool C encounter with South Africa 21-6 to avoid New Zealand in the quarter-finals, the Springboks bowing out at that stage following a 29-9 loss to the All Blacks and the arrival of Mike Catt off the bench helping England overcome Wales 28-17.
England and New Zealand were joined in the semi-finals by hosts Australia and France with a northern-southern hemisphere decider guaranteed for the 4th time in five World Cups as traditional rivals went head to head at Telstra Stadium.
It was only the second time Australia and New Zealand had met in a RWC semi-final and, just as in 1991, it was the Australian's emerging victorious 22-10, with 17 points from the boot of Elton Flatley and a Stirling Mortlock try.
The other semi-final would also be decided by the boot of Wilkinson, he scored all of England's points with 3 drop goals and 5 penalties in a 24-7 victory in the wind and rain which also saw Jason Leonard become the world's most capped player, surpassing Philippe Sella's 111 caps for France.
This item is a rare and much sought after Rugby Memorabilia item. a once in a life time opportunity to own a 2003 Signed RWC Finalist shirt. This is a must for any collector of rugby memorabilia Avery rare piece that will increase in in value. A unique and rare Signed England Rugbvy Match Shirt.
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