RFU signs four-year kit deal with Canterbury

Manu Tuilagi of England
Image caption Canterbury will replace Nike, whose partnership with the RFU dates back to 1983

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has signed a four-year kit deal with rugby clothing specialists Canterbury.

Under the agreement, Canterbury will supply kit to the England senior team, as well as the Saxons, sevens and women's teams from September.

Canterbury will replace Nike, having lost out on the England contract to the US brand four years ago.

The RFU did not disclose the terms of the deal but reports suggest it is worth £5m a year.

Canterbury is the current kit supplier to 2007 world champions South Africa and has previously provided shirts for New Zealand, Australia and Ireland.

Earlier this month, the RFU extended its shirt sponsorship deal with mobile phone firm O2 for another four years.

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