Global Rapid Rugby team China Lions has selected Samurai Sportswear for all of its match day, training & leisurewear kit in a two-year deal. This will see all China Lions players, coaches and other club staff wearing kit designed and manufactured exclusively for the club by Samurai.


The deal includes exclusive garments for China Lions supporters. Retailing of the Lions supporters’ range will be controlled by the club in partnership with HK-based Samurai Sportswear. The supporters’ range will be available for purchase online.


Speaking at the announcement of the deal, China Lions Head Coach Mike Rogers said:


“The China Lions are pleased to partner with Samurai for Global Rapid Rugby Season One. Samurai has world class apparel and the China Lions will be proud to be wearing Samurai apparel as they battle against teams from the Asia/Pacific region.”


Terry Sands, CEO of Samurai Sportswear, said:


“It has been a privilege to tender and negotiate this deal with the China Lions. Their founding partners the Chinese Rugby Football Association, and Bay of Plenty, have an exciting vision for the team. I’m delighted that our combination of design capabilities, product performance and service experience got us over the line.


“As a new team, in a new competition, in a new rugby format, China Lions’ potential is a genuinely exciting thing to be associated with. We appreciate their trust in us. China is a priority for Samurai investment, we already own our factory here and have several Chinese customers in the schools and rugby sectors”


About China Lions

China Lions is a joint venture between the Chinese Rugby Football Association and New Zealand’s domestic championship winning Bay of Plenty. The Lions are the sixth team to be announced as part of Global Rapid Rugby Season One in 2020, joining Australia’s Western Force, the Malaysia Valke representing both Malaysia and South Africa, Fijian Latui, Manuma Samoa and the Hong Kong based South China Tigers. The purpose of the joint venture is to help promote the expansion of rugby in China and to create more opportunities for New Zealand-based players to play outside the country. Based in Shanghai, the Lions’ initial home games have been switched to Taupo, Rotorua and Adelaide due to the Covid-19 issue.


About Samurai Sportwear

Samurai Sportswear is a fast-rising brand in the sports and teamwear industry. They have customers in 24 countries around the world, in a diverse range of sports beyond rugby. They have built a strong reputation for supplying very high quality, high specification bespoke sports clothing and equipment. Owning their own production facility enables them to deliver world-class levels of service and quality excellence whilst staying true to their core values as a family business. Among Samurai’s current customers are Premiership Rugby clubs Exeter Chiefs and Sale Sharks, the Army Rugby Union, Cornish Pirates, Kent Cricket, Gloucestershire and Derbyshire County Cricket clubs. Samurai Sportswear has thousands of customers in schools, universities & colleges, corporations and amateur sports clubs in hockey, netball, soccer and athletics.

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Media Contacts

Emma-Jane Stogdon

Samurai Sportswear

t:  +44-01508-486060



Shannon Gray

Bay of Plenty Rugby Union/China Lions

t:  +64-021-869-382


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