June 07, 2021
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Fiji Rugby partners with Nike

Fiji Rugby Union has partnered with global sporting giant Nike as its official team and training kit supplier.  
 
The four-year deal will see the iconic Nike Swoosh feature on the Men’s and Women’s training and playing kits for both the Fiji 15s and 7s national representative teams until the end of the 2024 international rugby season.
 
The flair and exhilarating play the Fijian’s are renowned for on the field of play will be replicated off it, with the range set to combine traditional Masi art that celebrates the history and tradition of Fiji Rugby with Nike’s eye-catching New Wave design.
 
While announcing the partnership, FRU chief executive John O’Connor said Nike is synonymous with greatness and it will give him and all the millions of Fijian rugby fans around the world great pride to see the famous Swoosh on the national jersey.
He said the announcement marks the first time Nike has partnered with a Pacific Island nation.
 
O’Connor foreshadowed that the 7’s and XV’s playing jerseys will be unveiled in coming weeks, as the 7s teams prepare for the Oceania 7’s in late June, and the Flying Fijians for their tests against the All Blacks in July.

The 7s playing range design will feature pyramids, triangular shapes and silhouettes of the Tabua (whale’s tooth) as well as a striking turquoise blue alternate strip that honours the tranquility of the island nation.
 
The XVs playing jersey range will feature traditional white and black colouring with Masi design elements including Triangular designs, rugby balls, the Ula (a traditional Fijian weapon) and 15 squares that celebrates the history, traditions and fighting spirit of the “Flying Fijians” and “Fijianas”.
                              
O’Connor also announced that Tappoos will continue to exclusively sell the official training and playing kits, and expects them to be very popular when available in coming weeks and months.

As part of the partnership, the Fiji Women’s and Men’s 15s teams will wear the Nike “Compete Range” at their respective Rugby World Cups (Women’s in 2022) and (Men’s in 2023). The 7’s teams will also wear the range at the RWC 7s in 2022.

By Reginald Chandar


 


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