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David Gallaher All Blacks rugby jersey from the 1905-06 ‘Originals’ tour which will be offered at Rogers Jones in Cardiff with a £20,000-40,000 estimate.

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Dave Gallaher was part of The Originals, the first tour of a New Zealand rugby union team outside Australasia, to the British Isles, France and the US. In a set of results familiar to rugby fans today, they played 35 matches, winning 34 of them, scoring 976 points and conceding only 59.

For the first time the nickname 'The All Blacks' was used by the British press.

The shirt, estimated to bring £20,000-40,000 at Rogers Jones in Cardiff on October 9, is embroidered with the famous fern badge and retains the stitched canvas overlay to the shoulders and a leather neck-line.

After the Wales v New Zealand test game finished 3-0 - the All Blacks' only defeat on the tour - Gallaher and Wales' captain Gwyn Nicholls exchanged jerseys.

For many years, Nicholls stored the momento at his business premises, a laundry company based in Llandaff North, Cardiff. It was later given to the firm's 'van boy' Thomas John Mahoney and is being sold by his family.

Ireland-born Gallaher emigrated with his family to NZ in the 1890s. In a rugby career interrupted in 1901 by service in the Boer War, he played 33 times for his adopted country, winning six test caps.

Ten years after retiring from playing the game he volunteered for First World War service at the age of 42.

In the attack of Gravenstafel Spur on October 4, 1917, he was mortally wounded by shrapnel.