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Vodafone Warriors compete in the National Rugby League (NRL) premiership and are the league's only team from outside Australia.

Founded in 1995 as the Auckland Warriors, the team over the past seventeen seasons have seen both their fair share of success and failure. The Warriors have claimed one minor premiership (200), reached two Grand Finals(2002 and 2011), reached the play-offs 7 times, and provided the majority of the New Zealand national team's players.

Canterbury of New Zealand wish the side all the best in the seasons to come and are proud to be part of the club's history and future.

The New South Wales Waratahs compete in the Super 15 Rugby, the southern hemisphere's premier provincial competition. From humble beginnings in the late 19th century to the excitement of today's competition, the Waratahs always show spirit, passion and pride in the sky blue jersey. 2006 and 2010 were particularly successful years with the Waratahs making the semi-finals, and narrowly missing out against the Hurricanes and the Stomers. The 2010 season saw them undefeated at home with five victories at the Sydney Football Stadium and a first ever win at the ANZ Stadium. The team also scored its highest number of points in a Super 14 season (391), with a record number of tries (45). And there was a record-breaking crowd of 40,271 supporters at one game – Australia's biggest Super 14 crowd since 2004.

Playing their first ever match against England in 1874, rugby union has been an integral part of Irish sporting history. As a nation they have produced great players such as: Willie John McBride, Paul O’Connell, Brian O’Driscoll and Mike Gibson.

Ireland compete annually in the RBS 6 Nations and Canterbury are delighted to partner this great rugby nation. Canterbury and the IRFU hold a similar interest and that is putting the player first, whether it’s through safety or innovation, the sport and players are the most important aspect of the game.

Canterbury understands the impeccable standards that Irish rugby has and strives to exceed these on a regular basis.

Since the first International match on Monday 27 March 1871 to the present day, English rugby has been steeped in a proud history and has played an integral role in the development and evolution of the sport from its to birth the present day.

Today, England are currently sitting in 4th in the IRB world rankings and frequently compete in the Six Nations and the Rugby World Cup. Canterbury of New Zealand's sponsorship of England Rugby is an exciting time for both partners who can trace their history over a hundred years, evolving as the sport has.

Both share a rich heritage and similar values, wanting to improve and inspire supporters throughout the world through winning performances. The privileged players selected to wear the iconic red rose today are proud custodians of a tradition stretching back to the beginning of the game. They are the standard-bearers and represent the enduring quality of both England and Canterbury of New Zealand.

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