Northeast Academy USA Rugby Kit

Northeast Academy Now Powered by Samurai Sportswear

The Northeast Academy – USA Rugby’s official High Performance Pathway organization for the northeast region of the United States – has agreed to partner with world famous Samurai Sportswear as its official rugby apparel outfitter for the 2016/17 international 7s touring calendar and beyond.

Executive Advisor to the Academy, Steve Lewis said of the alliance, “The Northeast Academy is delighted to announce this new partnership with the legendary Samurai brand, rightly celebrated in the world of Rugby 7’s as the most imaginative and innovative teamwear manufacturer.”

Samurai’s mission to enter the growing U.S. rugby market, combined with the Northeast Academy’s influential network of relationships in all spheres of rugby, offers an excellent opportunity for Samurai to establish a foothold on the single most marketable consumer segment in world rugby today.

The partnership will help the Northeast Academy team guarantee that it continues to be the best dressed team on tour, utilizing the trademarked Samurai Iconix™ Match Kit. Samurai will also host an online team store where friends and fans of the Academy can purchase Northeast Academy branded rugby gear along with other off-field apparel items.

Samurai Sportswear Managing Director, Terry Sands stated, “Rugby Sevens is a game that remains close to our hearts and flows through the blood of the company. Having worked alongside many rugby sevens teams over the years, Samurai Sportswear have been able to develop a range of unique products such as our OMG Iconix™ match kit and our exclusive PerformeX™ Fabrics. Our expertise knowledge and affiliations also help to develop players from grass roots up to elite international level. Our partnership with Northeast Academy will therefore be of great benefit to both parties as we now enter the US rugby market both in the Sevens and 15-a-side arena.”

Partnering with the premier U.S. National Development Academy puts Samurai Sportswear front and center at the biggest and best 7s competitions around the globe and most importantly in the United States. As the giant awakened mass of U.S. rugby fandom steps further into the spotlight of the global rugby community, Samurai Sportswear will be there, ready and able to provide all of its on and off-field clothing needs.

Suffolk Saxons Badminton

Suffolk Saxons Debut New Kit as They Smash Surrey

Ipswich’s Corn Exchange hosted the first home fixture of the county’s new elite badminton side, the Suffolk Saxons. Formed earlier this year and having recently agreed a new partnership with Samurai Sportswear, the Suffolk Saxons were premiering their custom-made badminton match kit for the first time. This fixture saw them face a Surrey Smashers side who boasted three Rio Olympic athletes and a badminton World Series winner.

Sean Vendy and Zoe King were first onto the court, taking on Team GB Bronze medallists Chris Langridge and Gabby Adcock. Some fantastic rallies and close encounters almost took the game to a deciding fifth set, however the opposition demonstrated their international experience to close out a tight fixture. Although they found themselves 1-0 down overall, it did not dampen the hopes of the Suffolk based side.

Next up was Julie Ipsen, a young Dane who found herself up against a tough opponent and compatriot Line Kjaersfeldt. A dominant yet intense first set went the way of the Saxons however Line was quick to reply in the second. Drawing on the support of the home crowd Julie then started to gain an edge in the match, finishing the third set off 9-6. The last set was slightly more straight forward and with the noise now at fever-pitch, an attacking match plan was perfectly executed to secure a 3-1 win.

Joel Douse, a talented young player who has caught the attention of spectators since his introduction to the AJ Bell National Badminton League, was up against Surrey’s Sam Parsons. Once again this match was full of attacking shots with players looking to trade swift blows and score points quickly. Both players had periods of domination throughout the match, Joel taking a solid first set followed by a swing in momentum in the second. Both the third and fourth set were highly contested however Joel made the most of the home advantage to seal another point for his team.

The match win came in match number four in the ladies doubles, where long rallies and energy sapping defensive returns took it out both sets of opponents. However with the third set swinging 9-8 to the way of the Saxons, Julie Ipsen and Sarah Walker took full control of both the tie and the fixture.

The icing on the cake came in the final match as the Saxons men’s doubles partnership of Andy Ellis and Sean Vendy completed a 9-6, 9-8, 7-9, 9-7 victory over Chris Langridge and Tom Wolfenden. A jubilant Corn Exchange had just witnessed a masterclass in attacking badminton that at times was both intense and captivating.

The Suffolk Saxon’s Samurai custom-made match kit pays homage to its’ county’s historic roots with a sublimated sun ray pattern and the Suffolk Saxons logo prominent within the design. Next up they face Loughborough later this month followed by their next home fixture taking place on December 5th. We’re proud this new elite match squad have chosen to become part of the #SamuraiFamily and we are looking forward to seeing how they get on for the remainder of the season.

 

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Remember Those Who Gave Their Lives to Protect Ours

Friday 11th November, 2016 will mark 98 years since World War One came to an end. You can show your respects once again this year with our British Army Rugby Union ‘Remembrance’ shirts, each with their own individual design and the ever significant poppy appearing. This year is the 6th year that Samurai Sportswear and the British Army Rugby Union have teamed up together & there are currently 6 Remembrance Day replica shirts available.

Each of the ‘Remembrance’ replica rugby shirts feature 360° sublimated designs and are designed in-house by our specialist graphics & creative team at Samurai Sportswear, working closely with the British Army Rugby Union on selecting unique and bespoke designs. A ‘Remembrance Poppy’ is added to every shirt inspired by the “In Flanders Fields” poem written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae. Every shirt also reads an individual message at the back of the shirt, marking reference to those soldiers who sadly lost their lives through conflict.

Our ‘Remembrance’ range retail from £39.99, with the latest ‘Battle of the Somme’ shirts available at £60.00, marking the 100th anniversary of one of the world’s worst battles ever, where 19,000 British service personnel lost their lives in the first 24 hours.

Our Remembrance rugby shirts are available in sizes: XS – 3XL and are manufactured using our exclusive PerformeX™ fabric system, which allows for optimum comfort with moisture management ensuring the wearer stays cooler for longer.

Here at the #SamuraiFamily we’re very much looking forward to seeing the British Army Rugby Union kick-off their 2017 season in January. Trials for the 1st XV are due to be held on 21-22 November, 2016 and they will participate in 8 fixtures, including some key match-ups against Pro 12 side Ospreys as well as Royal Air Force and Royal Navy towards the end of their 2017 campaign.

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NY7s Welcomes Samurai Sportswear to the 2016 Tournament

All games will feature custom Samurai rugby balls; referees and tournament staff will wear premium Samurai Sportswear; winning teams of the premier divisions will each receive a set of Samurai jerseys.

The New York Rugby Sevens Tournament (NY7s) announced today that the internationally renowned teamwear company, Samurai Sportswear, will be a sponsor for this year’s tournament to be held on Saturday, November 26, on Randall’s Island in New York City.

Randall’s Island is located under the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge (formerly the TriBoro) which connects the three boroughs of Queens, Manhattan, and the Bronx, in the heart of New York City and boasts approximately half of all the athletic fields in Manhattan.

From its humble beginnings NY7s has developed into a truly global event with 12 divisions consisting of women’s and men’s premier, club, collegiate, and social squads as well as premier and club divisions for high school girls and high school boys.  The tournament welcomed 135 teams in 2015 and is on track to meet and exceed that milestone in 2016. Organisers estimate that the event will have over 2200 participants on 14 fields, one of which will be dedicated to co-ed Rookie Rugby sessions for youth under 14’s.

2016 marks the return of a Samurai team to NY7s as the Samurai Barracudas invitational rugby sevens team will also be amongst the participating teams from around the world, making the Samurai name one of the most recognisable at the event. “We are delighted to be a sponsor of the NY7s, an event held in iconic New York City and we are very excited to see the Samurai brand featured in such an amazing location,” stated Colan Leung, Head of International Sales at Samurai Sportswear. “This is a fantastic opportunity for Samurai Sportswear to progress even further into the US market and provide significant value to our business, whilst providing staff and players at the tournament with our premium kit.”

Rosalie MacGowan, NYRC Club President & member of the NY7s Executive Committee, notes “We’re thrilled to have Samurai Sportswear in our NY7s sponsor family and are equally thrilled to welcome the Samurai Rugby 7s team back to the Men’s Premier Division; we look forward to a successful event!”

Marta Tartar, NY7s 2016 Tournament Director, concurred, adding, “NY7s is very excited to have the opportunity to partner with Samurai Sportswear this year and know that it will help elevate the level of the game and the tournament as a whole. As we continue to establish ourselves in the line of top rugby tournaments around the US, brands like Samurai Sportswear will help put us at the top and enhance the experience for all players and participants.”

Kent County Cricket

Kent County Cricket Club Extend their Partnership with Samurai Sportswear

Kent County Cricket Club have extended their partnership with Samurai Sportswear as the club’s official kit supplier.

Since joining forces in 2009, Samurai Sportswear has produced popular and innovative custom designs using the latest performance fabric technology. Kent’s 2015-16 NatWest T20 Blast shirt achieved record sales thanks to the sublimated Spitfire designs, in honour of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

As part of the partnership, the Kent Cricket Shop at The Spitfire Ground will be relaunched in time for the 2017 season, stocking the latest Samurai Sportswear range.

Mike Atkin, Head of UK Sales at Samurai Sportswear said: “We are delighted to maintain our strong partnership with Kent County Cricket Club. They are an ambitious club with a great history and we look forward to helping the Club achieve its ambitions. We will continue to deliver our premium match and replica kit and training wear to the Kent players, coaches, staff and supporters. We look forward to continually exceeding their expectations throughout our partnership.”

Kent Cricket retail manager Barrie Dyer said: “We received several offers from suppliers which shows the growing reputation of the club but Samurai was the outstanding choice. They appreciate the traditions of the club but keep up with the latest designs. The players, staff and supporters need clothing that is durable and comfortable for the challenges of a cricket season and I’m sure everyone will be proud to wear the new range.”

Kent captain Sam Northeast and coach Matt Walker visited the Samurai Sportswear HQ to review garment styles and fabric choices for Kent’s 2017 kit.

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