After seven years together, England is set to part ways with kit suppliers Canterbury following a seven-year run full of ups and downs.
According to the Mail Online, Umbro have agreed a shock multi-million-pound deal to take over as England’s official kit manufacturer next season.
The British sportswear company will take over from Canterbury after the Six Nations, having agreed a deal understood to be worth more than £5million per year.
It is a surprise collaboration, given Umbro are a brand associated with football, particularly the England national team and have not been involved with rugby for more than a decade.
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LIST | 5 England players who could swap nations for 2023 World Cup
1. Manu Tuilagi (Samoa)
- Current number of caps: 41
- Age at the start of RWC 2023: 32
- Did you know: He was named Manusamoa, after the name of the Samoan national team
The England centre, who was born in Fogapoa and came to the UK at the age of 13, is one of a clutch of Pacific Island players whose eligibility status could change if the restrictions are relaxed. He is the younger brother of Freddie, Henry, Alesana, Anitelea and Sanele Vavae Tuilagi, all of whom are Samoan internationals and also played for Leicester. It would be fantastic for the powerhouse to complete the set.