Canterbury closes shop

Springbok kit sponsor Canterbury South Africa has applied for voluntary liquidation.

The clothing manufacturer has sponsored the Boks since 2004 and is currently working on the new Bok jersey that will feature the King Protea on the left-hand side. Canterbury also sponsors the Cheetahs and Lions Super 14 teams, as well as all six of SA’s cricket franchises.

SA Rugby MD Andy Marinos said that news of Canterbury’s demise had come as a great shock to the organisation, but that they had been assured that their kit requirements would 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,” said Marinos in a statement on Tuesday.

“Mr 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 Wednesday.”