When Canterbury ask you to keep your diary free, you tend to do it. It tends to be for something amazing. This time they did not disappoint.
So on 5th November Trevor & I headed to London to meet with the Canterbury team. It was all rather secretive, with no details released until I was halfway down the motorway. The email stated we were off to the launch of the new Lions apparel. EXCITED!
Canterbury have been given the contract to supply the British & Irish Lions their kit for 2017. As part of this, the guys over at Canterbury have gone back to the roots of their relationship with The Lions and created a commemorative shirt. The shirt itself celebrates the 1959 team who toured New Zealand (with a stop off in Australia on the way). It is almost an exact replica of the shirt worn back in '59 with a small addition of a Canterbury logo on one side. It is the first piece of what will be the "Since 1888" collection.
Only 1,959 of these gorgeous shirts are being made so should you want to own one (you really should!) then you need to act fast.
They are available online in the Canterbury store and in store from November 12th. As a treat for coming along (god I love my job!) we got given one of these limited edition jerseys. I cannot speak more highly of them! They are crafted from soft cotton, with long sleeves and a proper collar. The Lions crest is stunning and the Canterbury logo is really subtle, almost embossed onto the shirt. I WANT to keep it for 2017 but I can't see that happening! For a woman who loves her rugby shirts but hates the new style of fitted shirt with weird material this is a godsend! A proper "old school" shirt!
We were really lucky to be invited to join 2 other rugby bloggers for a chat with Ex Ireland and Lions player Keith Wood which was a real treat. Keith's dad actually went on the 1959 tour and he bought along some of his own personal memorabilia including the camera his dad took on tour (very cool!)
The chat we had with Keith will appear here soon but as you can imagine...there is LOTS to write up (Trevor is a chatterbox)