Japanese kit supplier ASICS have announced new long-term extensions to supply kits to the SARU and ARU, meaning that Australia and South Africa will continue to wear the brand until after the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Both new deals will com into effect in 2020, and will see the Wallabies continue to wear kit supplied and designed by ASICS until 2025, while the Springboks are on a shorter deal, taking them up until 2024.
“Our athletes are proud to wear the ASICS brand,” said ARU chief executive Raelene Castle. “We are delighted that we can continue to work with ASICS to carry on the traditions of our game and elevate the performance of our national teams at the next two Rugby international tournaments in Japan in 2019 and France in 2023, the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020 and the Women’s Rugby international tournaments in 2021 and 2025.”
Castle’s counterpart, SARU CEO Jurie Roux added, “This is obviously an extremely important period for our game, so we are very happy to go into it with the backing of ASICS once again.”
The move is somewhat surprising – rumours abounded that ASICS’s commitment to rugby was focussed on its desire to promote itself around its ‘home’ World Cup next year, but this move confirms the brand’s long-term commitment to the sport.
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