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Bernie Habana in bid to be new Canterbury licensee

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news on 23 Feb 2009 at 07:49
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SA Rugby are set to write off their R10-million sponsorship with clothing manufacturer Canterbury after the latter was liquidated last month.

SAPA reports that Afrikaans newspaper Sondag reported that Canterbury International were sending out a representative to the country this week to try and salvage the relationship, as well as find a new licensee for the clothing line.

The newspaper reported that a consortium, headed by Bernie Habana -father of Springbok winger Bryan – will meet with Canterbury International this week in their bid to take over the license and ensure that Canterbury’s products are still on the shelves in South Africa.

Habana’s consortium has already made an offer, which was rejected and has until Tuesday to put a new offer on the table.

But behind the scenes SA Rugby are in tough negotiations to try and get their consignment of playing kit and replica merchandise out of a Cape Town warehouse which has been seized by the liquidator.

SA Rugby are even looking at the possibility of buying the sponsored merchandise from the liquidator to ensure that they have enough kit for the bumper season ahead.

But they are readying themselves to write off the cash portion of the sponsorship, according to the acting chief executive Andy Marinos.

“Canterbury were behind on their payments from 2008, so we will probably have to write the sponsorship off. But nothing stops Canterbury International to make another offer in the future for a new sponsorship agreement,” Marinos said.

“But more important than this for us is to ensure that we have jerseys on the shelves for our fans and kit for our teams. It is already the second month of the year and nothing has been sent out. It is a unique opportunity for us this season to sell jerseys, so we need to find a solution.” Habana snr didn’t respond to telephone calls but Canterbury International issued a statement confirming they were looking for a new licensee.

“Since the investigation undertaken by SARS, Canterbury International has maintained ongoing senior level contact with South Africa Rugby, working through the current situation and will continue to do so until a solution is found,” the statement read.

“A Senior Management delegation from Canterbury International is travelling to South Africa next week for a series of meetings with SA Rugby. Canterbury International is committed to working closely with SA Rugby and the team remains at the cornerstone of our sponsorship programme.

“With regard to potential new licensing partners, senior management of Canterbury International is coming to conclusions of its review of potential new licensees in South Africa and will be in a position to confirm the new operation for the brand in the very near future.”


  • But behind the scenes SA Rugby are in tough negotiations to try and get their consignment of playing kit and replica merchandise out of a Cape Town warehouse which has been seized by the liquidator

    Howcome the Sharks got there Jerseys out of the warehouse and SA Rugby are still having issues?

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.02.09 11:03:24 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • good one ksa this isone i have wondered about for a while is mr price involved mabye?

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.02.09 21:27:34 by dragonshark Reply
    RUGGA BUGGAUnder 19 player
  • @dragonshark (Comment 2) : i think they were involved all along

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.02.09 22:32:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : the super 14 teams would have got theirs before sars closed the warehouse. stock would have arrived last year to get on the shelves for the new season. as the boks games are only in may their stock would have only just arrived.

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.02.09 07:53:15 by try time Reply

    Super Rugby player
  • @try time (Comment 4) :

    Nope I don’t think so. If that was the case then the Lions and Cheetahs would have had their Canterbury kit.

    I have it on good authority that the Sharks were still waiting for their kit to be released from the warehouse a couple weeks after the news of Canterbury going under was released.

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.02.09 07:57:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • Oom Bernie is really trying to make a name for himself in rugby circles isn’t he??? :roll:

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.02.09 08:06:06 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) : are you sure that wasn’t the replica kit that hasn’t been released? what i heard is the sharks have 80% of their kit, the remainder may still be sitting in the warehouse. i cannot wait for sars to sell that stuff. imagine the bargains on sharks and bok gear in the durban factory shops.

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.02.09 08:49:05 by try time Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 6) : he has to if he was expecting his son to look after him in old age. with his son getting worse every game, he realises he needs a backup plan.

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.02.09 08:54:03 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 7) :

    100% sure.

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.02.09 09:12:01 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) : then what kit are the playing in because it definately isn’t last years?

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.02.09 09:13:35 by try time Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) : my guess is mr price have organised something. as they know how the clothing industry works.

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.02.09 09:15:24 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 10) :

    The last I heard there was concern because the kit wasn’t being released and a few days later they played in the new kit. So it stands to reason the kit was released.

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.02.09 09:25:58 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) : see that is the cool thing about living in durban. there is always someone that knows someone that is willing to leave a back door open for 20 minutes. sharks probably told him to lock it when the lions and cheetahs guys came around.

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.02.09 10:06:40 by try time Reply

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