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.
Dermot Rigley, commercial & marketing director of PRO14 Rugby, said: “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.
“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.”
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.”