What a tremendous pleasure it was to visit our post box and find a parcel addressed to Gareth and Steven.

Ever since we started The 1014 we had dreamed of joining the global rugby community together in one place. A place where people come to discuss the game they love. A place free of trolls, where thought provoking conversation abounds. And above all, a place where World Rugby’s five values are upheld. Well, I think it is fair to say that yesterday the journey took a huge leap forward.

The customs declaration on the package read “rugby jersey and note“.

The sender’s address, or at least the road name and post code was one I recognised. It is a strange old world.

As anyone who has been watching the channel for a while will know, I spent a long time in the UK. The sender’s address is a mere 400 metres from where I lived for a large proportion of that time. Incredible stuff!

As you will have guessed from the title of this article, the package has travelled halfway around the globe from Wimbledon to reach us here in Mount Maunganui.

Wimbledon RFC jersey and note
Wimbledon RFC jersey and note

The Note

The sender of the package was a young lad by the name of Arthur Lewis and below is part of the note he sent with the jersey, also pictured below.

This is my jersey from Wimbledon RFC in London (where I’m from). My club was, as it says on the shirt, a founder member of the RFU but hasn’t played in the top-tier for years. Founded in 1865, the original name was The Wimbledon Hornets. This can be seen on the emblem. As for the colour, I’ve no idea why it’s so bright and vibrant but I’d love to know what you guys think of it. Unfortunately, there’s no real story behind the jersey, other than I’ve been playing in it for two years and it’s now way too small.

I’ve no idea why it’s so bright and vibrant but I’d love to know what you guys think of it.

Arthur, I have the jersey sitting next to me and I have to admit the colours are excellent. It might even be unique in the world of rugby.

Does anyone else out there know of a club jersey that is set out like the Wimbledon RFC jersey? Both in terms of colour and pattern? It certainly would be interesting to find out.

The Club

From the club’s very active website and Twitter feed, you get the impression that community values are at the core of what they do. This resonates with us here at The 1014. Give them a follow on Twitter and if you are in the area and looking for a club then they might just be the one for you.

The Jersey Presentation

We will be presenting the jersey in The Shed on Thursday 21st September when we do a Q&A video over on YouTube. Make sure you tune in. It is a monumental day for The 1014 as the dream starts to become a reality.

Lastly, thanks again Arthur for taking the time out to write the note and send the jersey. This is going to go down a treat here in The Shed.

From The Shed

In case you missed it, check out our last Q&A on YouTube and Soundcloud.


Author: Steven Prescott

I am a total sports fanatic; it is as simple as that. I love all sports, and when I’m not sitting at my computer living my dream with The 1014, I am planning adventures. The last time I did this I ended up convincing my wife to cycle 26,125km across three continents, and 22 countries with me as part of the Pedalling Prescotts.


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