Parc y Scarlets hosted the official launch of a brand new partnership between the Barbarians and kit manufacturer Kooga on Wednesday.
The major kit deal announced on Wednesday, June 8 sees Kooga Rugby Ltd appointed Official World Wide Licensee for Barbarians Football Club.
Anthony Egan, Kooga Sales Director, has hailed the announcement as a significant milestone for Kooga Rugby, saying; ’This is an outstanding agreement for Kooga and we’re extremely excited about working with the Barbarians who are an iconic and widely recognisable name within the world of rugby.
“It’s a sign that Kooga are firmly established as an important brand within the rugby market. The Barbarians are a great addition to our portfolio of clubs alongside Leicester Tigers and the Scarlets."
The Barbarians will wear the Kooga shirt for the first time against South Africa at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, November 5.
The clubs links with South Africa date back to 1952 and the Barbarians are aiming for a third successive victory against the Springboks after wins in 2007 and 2010.
Barbarians Honorary Secretary Gordon Brown said: “We are looking forward to working with Kooga over the next three years as our new World Wide Licensee and kit supplier. The Barbarians shirt is an iconic one and we are impressed with the high quality of the playing, training and leisure apparel that Kooga will supply. We say goodbye to Cotton Traders with grateful thanks for their support in recent years.
“The Barbarians club continues to go from strength to strength, attracting talented players from around the world to take part in memorable matches against international and club teams. We look forward to kicking off this new partnership with Kooga when we take the field in November against South Africa at Wembley before travelling to face Fiji at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast."
The Barbarians player and replica shirts will be available from October 1 from the Barbarians website and all specialist rugby retailers.