Canterbury has announced that England Sevens hooker, Rob Vickerman, and England Rugby League and Leeds Rhinos captain, Kevin Sinfield, as its latest ambassadors.
As part of the agreement, Vickerman and Sinfield will endorse the brand’s comprehensive range of rugby and lifestyle clothing. Vickerman will also wear Canterbury’s ever popular head guards and boots during the HSBC Sevens World Series 2013/14.
Vickerman has become an invaluable part of the England sevens team set-up since scoring a try on debut with his first touch of the ball back in 2004. Since then, he has scored 26 tries in 29 tournaments and led England to the Rugby World Cup Sevens final in Moscow (Russia) to reinforce his credentials as an integral part of the squad.
Vickerman is a leader both on the field and off the field, and is keen to lead young rugby players with plans to set up sevens academies across the country.
It is an exciting time for sevens as the HSBC Sevens World Series grows more popular each year. The sport will also be contested at next year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, before becoming part of the Olympic Games programme in Rio Di Janeiro in 2016.
Rob Vickerman said: “I’m delighted to become an ambassador for such a world renowned rugby brand as Canterbury. The quality of the products and the traditional values of the company are something I’m excited to be involved with.”
Sinfield is an England rugby league powerhouse; he is Super League’s all-time leading points and goal scorer, has captained Leeds Rhinos for over a decade leading them to six Super League Grand Final victories and three World Club Challenge titles. In 2012, Sinfield was awarded the England captaincy and led them to an Autumn Internationals series win in his first tournament as captain of the national side. It is no surprise that he is the current holder of the Rugby League World ‘Golden Boot’ award.
The new deal is a result of Canterbury’s dedication and desire to have global representation across all codes of the game, adding to the brand’s already impressive portfolio of Rugby League assets which includes the likes of the Australian National Rugby League Team, Queensland and New Zealand Warriors.
It is and exciting time for Rugby League as tournaments such as Australia’s State of Origin series and Europe’s Super League Grand Final become more popular the world over.
Kevin Sinfield said: “Canterbury is rugby, it is what they do and I’m extremely excited to be an ambassador for a brand so dedicated to all codes and levels of the game.”
Vickerman and Sinfield are the latest players to agree individual partnerships with Canterbury and following in the footsteps of England and Leicester Tigers Geoff Parling and Thomas Waldrom, South Africa’s Bryan Habana, and former England star, Will Greenwood.
Canterbury is also the official kit supplier to top international teams including England and South Africa, in addition to leading clubs such as Cardiff Blues, Leinster and reigning AVIVA Premiership Champions Leicester Tigers.