With kick-off to the 2017/18 season just days away Macron have become the Match Official Kit and Retail Partner to the Guinness PRO14.
From the start of the season Guinness PRO14 referees will be wearing Macron match kits after a multi-year deal was signed with the Italian kit manufacturer, who provide Sportswear and Leisurewear for elite level clubs and national bodies around the world.
This season the Guinness PRO14 becomes a truly global tournament after the Toyota Cheetahs and the Southern Kings joined the Championship from South Africa to bring cross-hemisphere rugby to fans around the tournament.
Macron are a leading sportswear brand with their success due to the quality of products, high level of service and the ability to interpret the needs of athletes.
Dermot Rigley, Commercial & Marketing Director of PRO14 Rugby, was thrilled to welcome Macron to the Championship’s stable of partners.
“We saw close to 300 international players appear in the Championship last season and that demands that our referees are in peak condition in order to keep up with these world-class athletes,” Rigley said.
“Greg Garner, our Elite Referee Manager, and our union referee managers ensure that match officials in the Guinness PRO14 are physically and mentally prepared to officiate our games each week and now Macron will make certain they feel good and look good when they are holding the whistle.”
Speaking about the new partnership, Ross Cook, Sports Marketing Manager from Macron, said: “We are so proud to become a partner of the Guinness PRO14 which is now a world leader in rugby. Macron has already had success in the Championship with both Glasgow Warriors and Scarlets (both Macron clubs) being past champions so with all of the exciting new announcements around South Africa and the overall growth project, we knew we wanted to be part of it.
“Many of the referees in the Guinness PRO14 are regulars on the international scene and we’re thrilled to be supporting them on game days with the best possible Match Official Kits from Macron. In addition to seeing the referees and technical staff at PRO14 Rugby wearing Macron, we are excited at the prospect of launching a new official Guinness PRO14 range that will be available in the very near future.”
Greg Garner, Elite Referee Manager for the Guinness PRO14, said: “I’m thrilled that Macron are working with us to ensure our referees have the best Match Official Kits so they only have to focus on the game.
“Our referees do a huge amount of work behind the scenes to ensure that they deliver the best possible performance on the pitch each and every weekend. Knowing that the referees in the Guinness PRO14 have Macron in their corner every week is very reassuring as we enter into the new season.”