Canterbury, the world’s largest dedicated rugby brand, have unveiled the new Leinster jersey for the 2013/14 season…
Canterbury has worked hard with three-time European champions Leinster, to design a shirt that reflects the long-standing heritage of one of the most successful clubs in Irish rugby, with a motif that emphasises the strength of the club.
The four harp strings represented on the shirt signify Leinster, with the pattern then dividing into 12 to signify the 12 counties of the province and the strength they project when all the people of the province come together.
Canterbury has worked closely with Leinster to develop the ‘We are Leinster’ campaign to run during the upcoming 2013-14 season. Following an online competition, eight lucky supporters were chosen to feature within the campaign and stand alongside the elite players wearing the new home shirt and training garments.
Canterbury continues to push the boundaries of innovation in their rugby kit and has incorporated revolutionary design elements into the shirt to maximise performance.
The new Leinster shirt is engineered using Canterbury’s newest high performance fabric. A high performance 100% polyester elastane, the fabric delivers optimum strength and effective moisture management, making the shirt lightweight and comfortable.
The elastane also delivers stretch, allowing a tight fit which doesn’t restrict movement whilst allowing players to avoid tackles. The shirt features an evolution of Canterbury’s signature power-band looped neckline, adding strength and reducing the chance of tears during the game.
The heritage feel of the shirt is heightened by the fabric’s cotton-like outer feel which heralds memories of traditional rugby shirts, whilst delivering the modern benefits of a high-performance polyester.
Leinster will wear the new shirt in match action for the first time at home on Friday 30th August, when they come up against Northampton Saints in a friendly at Donnybrook Stadium.
Leinster Coach Matt O’Connor said: “Both the Leinster and Canterbury brands are steeped in rugby heritage and the new shirt not only represents the strength of our club, but draws on the sense of community and togetherness from the people of the province coming together. These are the same qualities you see in rugby and the players will be proud to wear the new shirt for the upcoming season.”
Chris Stephenson, CEO of Canterbury, added: “We are immensely proud to unveil the new Leinster home shirt, which represents their club’s strength and the importance of community around the 12 Counties. The iconic harp strings shown on the shirt are a subtle way of representing the clubs qualities, while incorporating the cutting-edge fabric technologies that people have come to expect from the Canterbury brand.”
Canterbury has more than 100 years of history in rugby and previously provided playing shirts to the New Zealand All Blacks, Australia, and Ireland. It is currently kit supplier to the 2007 Rugby World Cup winners, South Africa and three times Heineken Cup champions Leinster.
The brand has also recently struck a deal with the RFU to be the official kit supplier to all the England rugby teams until after the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Canterbury has been a keen supporter of grassroots and development level rugby for many years and currently supplies playing apparel to more than 500 schools and clubs sides through the UK.
The company’s global HQ is based in Stockport, England.