This is the new Connacht charity jersey 2020, a special edition shirt released by Pro14 club Connacht as part of their efforts to support Irish charity Alone and other hospices in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon for their efforts during the Coronavirus pandemic. Made by BLK, the kit was officially unveiled on May 13, 2020.
The limited edition shirt features the words “Home advantage” at the back, indicating that staying home is the best way to beat Covid-19, but also a nod to the home support they would enjoy once the rugby season resumes after the pandemic subsides. Continue reading
Bristol Bears have inked a new kit deal with Umbro that will see the latter take over from Bristol Sport as the club’s uniform partners. The duration of the deal was not announced, but the “long term” contract is expected to see the Bears as the only club wearing Umbro in the Gallagher Premiership in 2020/21.
Bristol Sport was making shirts for both Bristol City and the Bears, and once the former announced that it was moving to Hummel in February, many expected the Bears to switch as well, and that news has been officially announced today.
The Bristol Umbro deals is one of several new ones in the upcoming Premiership Rugby season- Leicester are switching to Samurai from Kukri while Worcester Warriors are moving to O’Neills from VX3.
Umbro appear to re-entering the rugby space, having also inked a deal to replace Canterbury as official England kit partners last week.
Gallagher Premiership outfit Worcester Warriors have officially inked a new shirt deal with Irish manufacturers O’Neills that will see the latter take over as the club’s official kit partners. The contract is for a period of three seasons- 2020/21, 2021/22 and 2022/23, and sees O’Neills replace VX3, who served as Warriors’ uniform partners for the 18/19 and 19/20 seasons respectively.
At the time of writing, Worcester are 10th in the 2019/20 Premiership Rugby season, with the campaign currently indefinitely suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic. They’ve scored only 18 tries from 13 games- the lowest of any team in the league currently. Continue reading
England Rugby have officially signed a new kit deal with Umbro that will see the latter replace Canterbury as the country’s shirt partners. The contract is for a period of four years and will begin on September 1, 2020. The deal is reportedly worth £5m a season to the RFU.
Umbro were initially expected to take over after the Six Nations, but in light of the Coronavirus pandemic, it remains to be seen what England wear if their final Six Nations game against Italy does go ahead later this year.
England have been with Canterbury since 2012England have been with Canterbury since 2012, and the brand provided kits for their 2015 and 2019 Rugby World Cup campaigns.
Premiership Rugby side Sale Sharks have today (March 17, 2020) officially announced a three year contract extension with kit partners Samurai Sports that will see the latter provide shirts and uniforms to the club till the end of the 2022/23 season.
Sale’s partnership with Samurai first began in 2013 (they moved from Canterbury)
At the time of writing, Sale are second in the Premiership Rugby table for 2019/20 behind Exeter.
The extension of the Sale Sharks kit deal is excellent news for Samurai, who also added Leicester Tigers to their list of clubs last month.