Johannesburg - The South African Rugby Union said Asics Corp. will replace Canterbury as the clothing and kit sponsor for the national side, the Springboks, and provincial teams from January 1.
The company, based in Tokyo, signed a six-year agreement with SARU, Mark Alexander, deputy president of the nation’s rugby governing body, said in a presentation in Johannesburg today.
The Asics deal will cover the Rugby World Cup in 2015 and the tournament in 2019.
The Japanese company competes with Adidas AG and Nike Inc and sponsors running in France, Australia, the Netherlands and Italy.
Absa, the South African bank controlled by Barclays Plc, which was renamed Barclays Africa Group Ltd. on August 2, is the main sponsor for the national team.