Leinster will cut ties with Canterbury at the end of this season according to a report in The Independent.
The Irish province will follow in the footsteps of rivals Munster in signing with German-based giants Adidas. The deal with them is set to have a similar clause to Muster where any replica gear will only be available to purchase in Ireland in Lifestyle Sports.
Canterbury will continue to supply the jerseys for the Irish team having taken over from Puma. Their kit deal with the IRFU will run until 2020 but will no longer manufacture for any province with Connacht supplied by BLK and Ulster’s gear still being produced by Kukri.
Addidas are also the kit suppliers of the likes of world champions New Zealand, France and Harlequins with Leinster proving a major coup for the design company. Leinster’s strip was previously manufactured by Irish company O’Neill’s before their long-term affiliation with the Stockport sports brand.
Leo Cullen’s side are up against Clermont in the south of France at the weekend in the first of the Champions Cup semi-finals while Munster will take on the imperious Saracens for a place in the final next month.
Nick Menezes, Pundit Arena
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