World Rugby has appointed Canterbury as its official sports apparel supplier for the Rugby World Cup 2019 and World Rugby.
The two-year deal encompasses Rugby World Cup 2019, the World Rugby U20 Championship, elite 15s and Sevens match officials and World Rugby technical official apparel.
Under the deal, brokered by World Rugby’s master licensee, IMG, Canterbury will develop unique co-branded technical sports apparel collections for Rugby World Cup 2019, with the first official licensed merchandise going on sale from September in Japan and by the end of the year for the rest of the world.
The announcement extends Canterbury’s association with Rugby World Cup to three tournaments and builds on the successful partnership as the official apparel supplier to World Rugby’s elite 15s and sevens match officials.
World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Canterbury as sports apparel supplier for Rugby World Cup and World Rugby. World Rugby and Canterbury enjoy a successful Rugby World Cup relationship that stretches back to 2011, and we look forward to jointly developing a range of performance wear for our match officials, technical staff and a great range of merchandise for fans.”
Kunio Morimoto, president of Canterbury, Japan, added: “We are delighted to be part of Asia’s first Rugby World Cup as the official sports apparel supplier for 2019.
“We cannot wait to support the event with our leading products and extensive experience, and contribute to the continued growth and promotion of the sport. We are looking forward to welcoming the world’s most prestigious rugby tournament, Rugby World Cup 2019, to Asia for the very first time.”