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KRU renew Samurai kitting deal

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National sevens team captain Andrew Amonde in action during a training session on 20th September 2013 at RFUEA ground.Photo/CHRIS OMOLLO

National sevens team captain Andrew Amonde in action during a training session on 20th September 2013 at RFUEA ground.Photo/CHRIS OMOLLO

NAIROBI, October 16 – Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) has renewed its partnership with Samurai Sportswear that will see the firm kit all national teams, their technical benches and officials.

The English apparel firm won the tender despite strong competition from rival brands with the national sevens team set to be the first beneficiaries of their new generation range of kit dubbed The Iconix, during next month’s Africa Olympics qualifiers in South Africa.

“We are proud to have won the tender and to be continuing this partnership with the KRU. We have made no secret of our commitment to Kenyan rugby not just in the last three or four years but for more than a decade now.

“We faced strong competition but we are thrilled that the KRU has chosen to extend our relationship. There is no hiding from the fact that Kenyan rugby has had a challenging year both on and off the field, but we are excited by the steps taken to move forwards and we firmly believe that rugby in Kenya, both at elite level and within the grass-roots game, has a bright future, “Samurai Managing Director, Terry Sands stated.

KRU Chief Executive Ronald Bukusi said, “We are delighted to extend our partnership with Samurai as our official kit suppliers. This is a good deal for the KRU and for Kenyan rugby as a whole and we believe that by working closely with Samurai we can continue to create playing and off-field kits that both the players who represent their country and the loyal supporters of Kenyan rugby can wear with pride.”

The shirt benefits from Samurai’s exclusive high performance 4D fabric Performex™ fabric, and anti-pinch underarm panelling for maximum performance and ultimate comfort.

The Union will contract players for the new season after title sponsor Kenya Airways renews their deal.

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