19th May 2013, 11:07
WRL PARTNER WITH RAGING BULL
NEW KIT DEAL FOR 2013
WALES Rugby League have locked horns with one of the UK's leading sports clothing companies to be their suppliers in World Cup year.
Raging Bull Sportswear, who supply clothing and kit to many clubs up and down the country, have joined forces with the WRL in a key partnership heading towards the three World Cups that Wales are involved in during 2013.
Wales Rugby League chairman Brian Juliff, a former WRL international who also played for Wakefield, Wigan and Halifax, said: “I am very pleased to announce on behalf of Wales Rugby League that we have entered into a kit supply partnership with Raging Bull.
“It has been a pleasure dealing with Latham Tawhai and Carl Richards during the negotiating period and their attention to detail and customer appreciation has been exceptional.
“I have been impressed with their ‘most things are achievable’ approach to problem solving and particularly the quality of communication and availability of both Carl and Latham.
“Raging Bull have won this contract against considerable competition and Wales Rugby League look forward to welcoming them to the International Rugby League stage.
“The newly designed kit will initially debut with our Wheelchair and Student teams at the Festival of Rugby League in Kent and Leeds and will then be worn in the at RLWC2013 opener versus Italy in Cardiff on October 26.”
Wales will run out at the Millennium Stadium in their new kit for that match with Italy and follow it with matches against the Cook Islands at The Gnoll, Neath, and the USA at the Glynwdr University Racecourse Ground. If Wales in their group they are likely to have a massive quarter-final against either Australia or England in Wrexham.
National coach Iestyn Harris said: “Wales Rugby League are delighted to have a partnership with Raging Bull. We are always striving for greatness through hard work and consistency and we feel Raging Bull have the same core principles and ambition that Wales RL have.
“We are looking forward to a long and successful relationship through the World Cup and beyond.”
Rugby league is set to enjoy possibly its highest ever global profile throughout the year with live television coverage of all RLWC2013 matches, 21 different stadiums throughout the UK and France including the Millennium Stadium, Wembley and Old Trafford not to mention the Festival of World Cups.
Carl Richards, Raging Bull Sportswear managing director, said he is delighted to be working with the WRL “It is a hugely exciting time for the WRL and the future of the game in Wales looks very promising so we are thrilled to have secured the deal.
“There is a huge amount of work going on at grassroots level, schools, clubs and the regions and we hope to add value to the partnership by assisting these areas of the game where we can.”
Official Wales Rugby League merchandise and replica shirts will also soon be available on the new online store with Raging Bull’s designers already working on designs.