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Nike returns to the Springboks, replacing Asics in new kit deal

Damian Willemse of South Africa attempts to avoid a tackle during the Rugby Championship match against Argentina (by Daniel Jayo/Getty Images)

SA Rugby, governing body of South African rugby union, has rekindled a relationship with Nike, signing the US sportswear and equipment manufacturer as its new technical apparel provider from 2023.

Nike and SA Rugby have agreed a six-year deal to include South Africa’s defence of its title at the 2023 Rugby World Cup, along with the 2027 tournament. Nike was previously the team’s apparel partner between 1996 and 2003.

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