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Rugby Ontario – Kitchener-based rugby wear manufacturer partners with Rugby Ontario on a three-year agreement.

(TORONTO, ON) – Rugby Ontario is pleased to announce that it has entered a multi-year partnership with Barbarian Sports Wear Inc., designating the Kitchener, Ont.-based rugby wear manufacturer as the official on-field high performance apparel supplier for the sport’s provincial governing body.

Barbarian will design and manufacture training and on-field matchday kit for Rugby Ontario provincial teams, effective immediately. As per the agreement, Barbarian will outfit all Ontario Blues, Ontario Storm, Junior Blues, and Junior Storm sevens and fifteens sides. The partnership also includes commercial marketing and merchandising rights.

“Rugby Ontario is incredibly excited to partner with Barbarian as our provincial team kit supplier,” said David Patterson, Rugby Ontario Interim Chief Executive Officer. “Barbarian is a Canadian rugby institution, and we’re delighted to be aligning with a strong Ontario organization that has been a leader in our provincial rugby community for decades.”

“Barbarian Sports Wear is thrilled to be working in conjunction with Rugby Ontario to wholly design and manufacture a complete line of on-field apparel for Ontario’s provincial teams, all from our Kitchener facility. ” said John Pezzack, Barbarian Sports Wear Sales & Marketing Manager. “It’s an awesome opportunity for us to showcase our newly designed jerseys and shorts made from our technical fabrics and we applaud Rugby Ontario’s forward way of thinking in supporting Ontario manufacturers.”

All Barbarian rugby shirts and shorts are made at the company’s manufacturing facility in Kitchener, Ont., which employs 72 individuals. All shirt and short fabrics are knit using only fibres of North American origin.

The first Barbarian-produced kit for Rugby Ontario will be showcased by Ontario Junior Blues and Junior Storm sevens sides at the upcoming National Under-18 Sevens Rugby Championships, held Mar. 10-11 in Vancouver.

About Rugby Ontario:

Rugby Ontario is the provincial sports governing body responsible for the organization of rugby in Ontario. Our mission is to promote, govern, and develop rugby at all levels in a safe, affordable and enjoyable environment within the province of Ontario.

There are more than 10,000 Rugby Ontario members registered with 65 rugby clubs located across the province, with participation in age grades ranging from minor (age 6+) to masters (age 35+) in male and female divisions.

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About Barbarian Sports Wear Inc.:

Barbarian Sports Wear Inc. is a vertically integrated apparel manufacturer employing 72 individuals in their Kitchener, Ont. facility.

Unique in their ability to manufacture their own material, Barbarian’s rugby and collegiate wear has been synonymous with quality throughout Canada and the United States since the 1980s.

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For more information, please contact:
Brock Smith
Communications Coordinator
Rugby Ontario
(647) 560-4790 x106

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