South Africa’s leading sports kit supplier, Canterbury South Africa, has promised to fulfil all its obligations – despite the shock announcement that the company has applied for liquidation.
Rugby 365 reports that the South African Rugby Union said in a statement that the development comes as a “huge shock”.
The company supplies kit to all the national teams, a number of Super 14 outfits – like the Sharks and Lions – as well as the entire Varsity Cup tournament.
“We were informed today [Tuesday] that Canterbury South Africa has applied for voluntary liquidation,” Andy Marinos, acting MD of SA Rugby (the commercial arm of SARU), said in a statement.
“This has come as a huge shock to us but we have been assured that our team kit requirements will be met.
“We have had discussions with Iqbal Khan – senior executive of Brimstone, the owners of Canterbury South Africa – to get some clarity on the impact this is likely to have on SA Rugby.
“Khan told us that they are in discussions with Canterbury International and he confirmed that they will be able to supply Springbok kit.
“We are now awaiting the outcome of a Canterbury International board meeting that is scheduled for tomorrow [Wednesday].”
However, SA Rugby was not in a position to confirm how this will affect the company’s other obligations – to the Super 14 and Varsity Cup teams.
It is believed that some of the teams in the Varsity Cup tournament, scheduled to get underway on February 2, have yet to receive their kit allocations from the company.
The company is to supply the new Springbok jersey – with the new emblem, a King Protea on the left breast and the Springbok on the right – for the British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa from May to July this year.Tweet