North America’s Major League Rugby (MLR) has unveiled Italian sportswear brand Kappa as its official kit partner in a three-year deal.
Under the agreement, Kappa will provide apparel to all 13 MLR sides. The brand will outfit each team with match kits, training kits, and fanwear.
Kappa has a long-standing presence in rugby, having supplied kits for many major teams over recent years. It has current partnerships with multiple domestic teams across Europe, including in France’s Top 14.
The Italian firm also has a tie-up in place with the European Professional Club Rugby continental governing body as the official technical apparel partner of its Champions Cup and Challenge Cup club competitions.
Earlier this year, meanwhile, it agreed a deal with the United Rugby Championship, the Europe-based rugby union clubs competition, to serve as the league’s match official kit supplier.
Harry Hardy, Major League Rugby's chief commercial officer, said: “As MLR continues to grow its following both in the US and internationally, we felt it was important to align with a brand that represents quality, innovative design and has a rich heritage in rugby and other various sports all over the world.”
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