Rhino has become the new Official Teamwear and Apparel Partner of the historic Varsity Matches between Oxford and Cambridge universities at Twickenham Stadium.
The Varsity Match is one of the oldest sporting fixtures in the world, dating back to 1872, and Cardiff-based Rhino Teamwear has signed a multi-year-deal to not only supply on field and training wear but also create a new range of sport and lifestyle clothing for both Oxford University RFC and Cambridge University RUFC men’s and women’s squads.
Left to right: Cambridge University RUFC's Sophie Farrant, Jonathan Dixon, Lara Gibson (captain), Michael Phillips
David Searle, CEO of The Varsity Match Company said: “We are delighted to welcome Rhino as a partner of The Varsity Matches. Rhino are a well established and well known name in the world of rugby, with some very prestigious partners. We look forward to working closely with Rhino over the coming years, celebrating one of the oldest fixtures in rugby.”
The Varsity Match is very much an institution of the game and we're very proud to be providing the kit for the men’s and women’s teams of these historic clubs
Dave Reynish, Managing Director of Rhino Teamwear commented: "The Varsity Match remains one of the biggest dates in the British rugby calendar. It's very much an institution of the game and we're very proud to be providing the kit for the men’s and women’s teams of these historic clubs - Oxford University RFC and Cambridge University RUFC.
"It's a testament to our reputation within the teamwear industry and the quality of the Rhino products that we're going to be showcased by, arguably, the two most famous rugby-playing universities in the world.
"We're going to be creating a kit that reflects the great tradition of the fixture, but also meets the needs of the modern-day rugby side. There's also going to be a supporters range that will be in-keeping with the heritage of these famous sides.
Oxford and Cambridge are welcome additions to our stable that includes The British & Irish Lions, England Rugby, the Welsh Rugby Union, the RBS 6 Nations and the Guinness PRO12
Reg Clark, CEO of Rhino, and an Oxford Blue said: "Oxford and Cambridge are very welcome additions to our partner stable that includes The British & Irish Lions, England Rugby, the Welsh Rugby Union, the RBS 6 Nations and the Guinness PRO12 – we are, as a brand, very active in the student sports sector and are delighted to be involved with these historic university clubs and this iconic fixture”.
Left to right: Reg Clark, Dave Reynish (both Rhino), Sophie Behan, Conor Kearns (Oxford University RUFC captains), Kieron Blackburn (Rhino) and Tim Stevens (Oxford University RUFC)
The Varsity Match joins a star-studded stable of global rugby brands to be supplied equipment, rugby balls and teamwear by Rhino.
Rhino's partners include The British & Irish Lions (balls and equipment), England Rugby (equipment), Welsh Rugby Union (equipment), RBS 6 Nations (leisurewear), Guinness Pro12 (balls and apparel), Rugby Europe (balls).
The 31st Women’s Varsity Match and 136th Men’s Varsity Match is set to take place at the home of England Rugby, Twickenham Stadium, on Thursday 7 December 2017, with tickets pre-sale set to go on sale soon at thevarsitymatch.com
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