England Rugby™Read more
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.
Today, 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.
Leicester TigersRead more
Much can be written about the most successful club in English rugby. Year after year, the ten times Premiership champions graft out match-winning performances in the domestic league, and in European competitions. The Tigers have appeared in a record nine successive Premiership finals since 2005 and are also the most successful English side in Europe: back-to-back champions in 2001 and 2002 and losing finalists in 1997, 2007 and 2009. Leicester Football Club was formed in a meeting held in the city's George Hotel on August 1880 by the merger of three smaller teams: Leicester Societies AFC, Leicester Amateur FC and Leicester Alert. The club plays its home games at Welford Road Stadium, which was opened in 1892. Over 120 years later, this fortress crams in 24,000 passionate spectators, all eager to see more history being written. This new partnership with Canterbury will be a story of success in the future and will maintain both the Tigers and Canterbury brands as leaders in the rugby world.
Leinster RugbyRead more
Founded in 1879, Leinster Rugby has a long and distinguished history both in Ireland and internationally, having won the Celtic League, Magners League and European Rugby Champions Cup. Success on the field through honesty in performance has helped tie the bonds between the players who wear the famous blue jersey and their supporters.
The club’s past is filled with unforgettable fixtures such as 'The Last Stand' (the last competitive match to be played in the old Lansdowne Road against Ulster), the thrilling 33-22 victory over Northampton Saints in the 2011 Heineken Cup Final and the 2009 Heineken Cup semi-final victory over Munster at Croke Park. The latter was the largest ever club attendance at the time and helped cement the team's standing in the hearts of its loyal support. Leinster continue to prove themselves as one of the top forces in European club rugby and Canterbury is proud to support them on their journey.
Southland RugbyRead more
Formed in 1886, Rugby Southland has forged a proud tradition of teams known for tenacity, grit and strength. A tumultuous time in the mid 1990s saw Southland see-saw from second to first division. But in 1997 a young Southland side cemented its place in the premier competition of New Zealand Rugby – and has been there ever since.
There have been some great achievements from the province, most recently winning the Ranfurly Shield for the first time in 50 years in 2009. As a provincial rugby union, Southland provides all manner of services to rugby in the region. This includes the organisation of a club rugby competition for 27 rugby clubs, administering all school and junior rugby competitions, providing referees and coaching assistance, as well as conducting all high performance aspects of rugby in the Southland province.In 2011 SOuthland won the Ranfurly Shield from Canterbury/
Japan RugbyRead more
Rugby has been thriving in Japan for over a century and the Japan Rugby Football Union (JRFU) has been leading this Game and supporting the core values of Rugby for almost 90 years. Since 1899, Rugby has grown rapidly both on and off the pitch. Japan Rugby Football Union is the host nation for the Rugby World Cup 2019 which will represent the first ever Rugby World Cup in Asia, and today, the Japan National Team (often known as the Cherry Blossoms or more recently the Brave Blossoms) competes annually in the Asian Five Nations and the Pacific Nations Cup. Japan’s success on the pitch however has been mixed. Despite having participated in every Rugby World Cup since the tournament began in 1987, the Cheery Blossoms only ever won one game at the tournament; against Zimbabwe in 1991.
Despite their lack of success at the World Cup, notable victories for Japan include triumph over the Junior All Blacks in 1968, a 28–24 win over Scotland in 1989 and most recently, Japan won the 2011 IRB Pacific Nations Cup.
The Queensland Rugby league team have proudly represented the state of Queensland since the sports inception there in 1908. Nicknamed the 'Maroons', the team play almost exclusively in Australia's annual three-match 'State of Origin Series' against neighbouring state New South Wales.
Canterbury of New Zealand is proud to sponsor Queensland and their participation in the State of Origin Series.
Spain RugbyRead more
Spain have been playing rugby since the late 1920s, playing their first international against Italy in 1929. Since then, rugby in the country has steadily grown and in 1999 the national team qualified for their first Rugby World Cup. Despite not winning a match, Spanish rugby grew, and the national team is now considered one of the stronger European nations outside the Six Nations Championship.
Spain occupies the third tier in Europe, behind Romania and Georgia. Since forming a partnership with Canterbury last year, Spain has continued to develop not only in the 15s version of the game, but has also in sevens. Having won a qualifying tournament in Hong Kong in 2012, the national team will be added by the IRB to the group of ‘core teams’. And from the 2012/13 season, they will be competing with the top international sevens sides.
North Harbour RugbyRead more
The North Harbour Rugby Union was only formed in 1985, but is already the fourth largest Union in New Zealand. With 12 clubs, it covers the whole of the North Shore City, the Massey Club in Waitakere City and the Rodney District. For more than 30 years, North Harbour has consistently produced significant numbers of national team players including many great All Blacks. After 10 previous unsuccessful challenges for the Ranfurly Shield – most notably 1996 when they challenged for it three times in six weeks against Taranaki, Waikato and Auckland – North Harbour succeeded in their eleventh. On 24 September 2006 they beat the previous holders Canterbury 21-17 at Jade Stadium in Christchurch. Canterbury of New Zealand is excited to support the union and its exciting style of rugby. We hope that North Harbour can add to their silverware in the near future.
New Zealand WarriorsRead more
New Zealand 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 both their fair share of success and failure. The Warriors have claimed one minor premiership (200), 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.
Canterbury of New Zealand wish the side all the best in the seasons to come and are proud to be part of the club's history and future.
Auckland RugbyRead more
Auckland Rugby's history is marked by occasional failures and rousing triumphs. It has frequently led in innovation and independence: embracing sponsorship's and commercial partnerships while adjusting to professionalism, and adding to the intrigue in Auckland Rugby's great history. It's the most successful provincial rugby union team in Air New Zealand Cup/NPC history, winning the title a record 16 times. It is also extremely proud to have produced so many strong willed leaders, coaches, and players. This includes a record 181 All Blacks, the latest being Benson Stanley in 2010. Perhaps the Union's proudest achievement is the epic Ranfurly Shield reign, which started in 1985,lasted 63 matches and didn't end until 1993. Even today this remains the record for consecutive Shield defences.
Otago RugbyRead more
Otago Rugby has played a leading role in the development of rugby in New Zealand since its creation in 1881. Some of the great innovators of New Zealand rugby have been Otago men, including Tom Ellison, Jimmy Duncan and Ben Smith. Otago has long been recognised as one of the four leading provinces. Indeed, since the National Provincial Championship began in 1976 (now the Air New Zealand Cup), Otago have won it twice – in 1991 and in 1998. Otago won the Ranfurly shield in 2013, the first time since 1957.
New South Wales WaratahsRead more
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 Stomers. 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 team also scored its highest number of points in a Super 14 season (391), with a record number of tries (45). And there was a record-breaking crowd of 40,271 supporters at one game – Australia's biggest Super 14 crowd since 2004.
Russia RugbyRead more
The Rugby Union of Russia (RUR) officially succeeded the combined Soviet Union and CIS teams that played in the early 1990s. Since 1992, the team has played as Russia (nicknamed the Bears) and achieved success on and off the field.
Canterbury has been proud to support the Bears since 2010, watching them compete in regular international competitions like the European Nations Cup (ENC) and the Churchill Cup. However, Russia’s greatest success so far on the pitch was their participation in their first Rugby World Cup (RWC) in New Zealand in 2011, after qualifying as Europe 2 through their second place finish in the 2009–10 ENC.
USA RugbyRead more
In May 1874, at a University in Massachusetts, the first recorded game of rugby was played on American soil. The sport's popularity began to grow, but the removal of rugby from the Olympics in the 1920s halted its progress, and the USA game remained dormant for the next half century. Rugby enjoyed a renaissance during the 1960s and 1970s, so a new national governing body was needed. Today, USA Rugby is an official member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the International Rugby Board (IRB).
It has approximately 75,000 members and is responsible for the development of the boys, girls, high school, collegiate and club athletic programs, and ultimately all of the national teams representing the USA in international competitions. The USA National Rugby Union Team (nicknamed the Eagles) are currently ranked 17th in the IRB World Rankings. They frequently compete in international tournaments like the Churchill Cup and have qualified for six of the seven Rugby World Cups, only missing out in 1995.
More recently they have impressed in the IRB World Sevens Series, wining the Shield at the 2008 New Zealand Sevens event and losing close matches to both France and Kenya in the Bowl Finals at the 2012 Japan and Hong Kong legs of the series. - http://www.usarugby.org/
Cardiff BluesRead more
Cardiff Blues were launched in June 2003 as one of four new Welsh regional sides. The club has built steadily and now boasts a strong squads to compete in the domestic and European competitions. The 2008/09 season was especially memorable, with the Blues lifting the Anglo Welsh Cup at Twickenham, thrashing Gloucester by 50 points to 12. The following season they surpassed this achievement at the Amlin Challenge Cup in Stade Velodrome, Marseille. A record crowd of 48,900 watched the Blues beat Toulon by 28 points to 21 and become the first Welsh side to lift a European Trophy. The First XV team competes in the RaboDirect Pro12, European Rugby Champions Cup and Anglo Welsh Cup. However, the region is also represented by teams at Under 16s and Under 18s level. These teams undertake a player development pathway that tracks players into the Blues Academy at Trefforest.