French Rugby Federation (FFR), the governing body for rugby union in France, has confirmed Le Coq Sportif as its new apparel partner.
The sportswear manufacturer will supply kit to France’s men’s and women’s national teams between 2018 and 2024. The French brand replaces Adidas, who had been the technical supplier for France’s rugby union teams since 2012.
As well as partnering with the national teams, Le Coq Sportif will offer major support to France’s grassroots and amateur rugby initiatives. The financial terms of the six-year agreement – which will cover two Rugby World Cups – have not been released.
"The FFR Steering Committee has chosen Le Coq Sportif as the new equipment supplier for French and amateur rugby teams from 2018 to 19. The XV de France is returning to its historic equipment manufacturer who had accompanied it until 1975 and then from 1980 to 1986, " said an FFR statement.
France’s men finished third in this season’s Six Nations tournament, European rugby union’s premier international round-robin. Guy Novès’ side are currently embarking on a three-Test series of South Africa, with the opening fixture being played on 10th June at the Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria.