Canterbury’s Biggest Rugby Wins
In the 2019 sporting calendar, rugby is the dominant player with its biggest tournament heading to Asia for the very first time. From Friday 20 September to Saturday 2 November, 48 matches will be played in 12 stadiums across Japan as 20 teams compete for the title of Rugby World Champions.
The 2019 Rugby World Cup will be the ninth edition of the tournament. With the most wins to date, New Zealand’s All Blacks are gunning for a hat-trick while hosts Japan are simply looking to create a legacy from the tournament and grow the game in Asia.
England have a leisurely start to the RWC19, facing Tonga, a team who have only won four out of their 27 RWC matches. If they make it all the way in Japan, they could take their second RWC title, but the England boys aren’t the best prospects in Europe this year.
Ireland have a Grand Slam Six Nations and a series win in Australia under their belts, however despite currently being ranked second in the world, they traditionally fare poorly at the RWC having never passed the quarter-finals. With either New Zealand or South Africa lined up as their quarter-final challengers, could Ireland have peaked too soon? Will the All Blacks be dethroned?
For Canterbury, the road to Japan 2019 is an exciting time. As team kit providers for England, Ireland, USA, Canada, Georgia and the host nation Japan we are once again incredibly proud to be part of the action both on and off the field, supporting officials, staff, volunteers and rugby fans with our world class kit.
With over 100 years of experience, the three Canterbury Kiwis have been at the heart of the action at some of rugby’s most iconic moment. In 2019, we continue to develop kit that helps our athletes perform at their best and hopefully become part of these nation’s sporting histories.
We’ve taken a look back at some of Canterbury’s biggest wins.
- In 1924 the All Blacks team set sail for Europe returning home five months later having won every one of their 32 games played. They did it all wearing Canterbury.
- The South African Springboks flew into the 2007 Rugby World Cup winning their group before eventually beating England in the final. And it was all done in Canterbury kit.
- On the final day of the IRB Pacific Nations Cup 2011, Japan made history winning the title for the first time. They lifted the trophy wearing Canterbury.
- 2014 was a huge year for the England Women’s team as they beat Canada to become Rugby World Champions for the second time. Yes, they did it in Canterbury.
- Despite having participated in every RWC since the tournament began, Japan’s Brave Blossoms have yet to progress past the pool stage. Their best performance came in 2015 when they beat South Africa 34-32. They gave the world the “greatest RWC shock ever,” in Canterbury jerseys.
- In 2016 England played themselves into the history books being crowned the RBS Six Nations Grand Slam Champions. The red rose shined brightly on their Canterbury branded kits.
- In the 2018 Six Nations Championship, Ireland won their third ever Grand Slam with a 15-24 win over England at Twickenham. Guess what brand they were wearing…