Representing the state New South Wales, the NSW Blues are at the pinnacle of the Rugby League world. Established in 1908, the fierce rivalry between New South Wales and Queensland has always gripped the nation - with the State Of Origin series being Australia's most viewed sporting fixture year in year out.
Canterbury of New Zealand returned to the development of the NSW Blues kit in 2018 - retaining the classic sky blue design but delivering an on-field range with improved fabrics and a vastly superior fit - a key factor in the 2018 series win over Queensland.
After years of dominance by the Queensland side , The NSW Blues will be looking to build upon their 2018 campaign with a consecutive series win in 2019 - retaining the title and asserting their dominance in the Origin arena.
The New South Wales Waratahs compete in the Super 15 Rugby, the southern hemisphere's premier provincial competition. From humble beginnings in the late 19th century to the excitement of today's competition, the Waratahs always show spirit, passion and pride in the sky blue jersey. 2006 and 2010 were particularly successful years with the Waratahs making the semi-finals, and narrowly missing out against the Hurricanes and the Stormers. The 2010 season saw them undefeated at home with five victories at the Sydney Football Stadium and a first ever win at the ANZ Stadium.
The Kangaroos – Australia’s national rugby league team have represented Australia in senior men's Rugby League Football since 1908. The side has seen huge success throughout their history, winning the Rugby League World Cup and Four Nations on numerous occasions. The Kangaroos’ defeat of New Zealand in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup was watched by the largest International Rugby League crowd in history.
The North Melbourne Football Club, nicknamed the Kangaroos are one of the oldest sporting clubs in Australia and the world. The club originated in 1869 and is based at the Arden Street Oval in inner Melbourne but it plays its home matches at the nearby Docklands Stadium.
Vodafone Warriors compete in the National Rugby League (NRL) premiership and are the League's only team from outside Australia.
Founded in 1995 as the Auckland Warriors, the team over the past seventeen seasons have seen their fair share of success and failure. The Warriors have claimed one minor premiership (2000), reached two Grand Finals (2002 and 2011), reached the play-offs 7 times, and provided the majority of the New Zealand national team's players.
The New Zealand Cricket Team, nicknamed the BlackCaps, played their first test in 1930 against England in Christchurch, however cricket had be present on the island since 1842.
The Blackcaps have produced some great cricketers, including Daniel Vettori, Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill. Being founded in Christchurch, Canterbury is proud to sponsor our home nation as they’re on the rise in the game.
Since the first International match on Monday 27 March 1871 to the present day, English rugby has been steeped in a proud history and has played an integral role in the development and evolution of the sport from its to the present day.
England are currently sitting in 4th in the IRB world rankings and frequently compete in the Six Nations and the Rugby World Cup. Canterbury of New Zealand's sponsorship of England Rugby is an exciting time for both partners who can trace their history over a hundred years, evolving as the sport has.
Both share a rich heritage and similar values, wanting to improve and inspire supporters throughout the world through winning performances. The privileged players selected to wear the iconic red rose today are proud custodians of a tradition stretching back to the beginning of the game. They are the standard-bearers and represent the enduring quality of both England and Canterbury of New Zealand.
Playing their first ever match against England in 1874, rugby union has been an integral part of Irish sporting history. As a nation they have produced great players such as: Willie John McBride, Paul O’Connell, Brian O’Driscoll and Mike Gibson.
Ireland compete annually in the RBS 6 Nations and Canterbury are delighted to partner this great rugby nation. Canterbury and the IRFU hold a similar interest and that is putting the player first, whether it’s through safety or innovation, the sport and players are the most important aspect of the game.
The Japan National Rugby team is traditionally seen as the strongest Rugby Union power in Asia, competing annually in the Pacific Nations Cup and Asian Rugby Championship. Recent years have seen the side produce big upsets against tier 1 teams - beating Wales 23-8 in 2013 and causing arguably the biggest upset in rugby history with a 34-32 victory over South Africa's Springboks in the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Japan will be hosting the Rugby Union World Cup in 2019.