29 Nov 2008

NZRU and adidas extend sponsor

5:45 pm on 29 November 2008

The New Zealand Rugby Union and adidas have extended their long-term sponsorship contract until 2019, confirming a mutual commitment to "globalizing" the All Blacks and rugby.

Adidas have sponsored the All Blacks since 1999 and the new agreement includes the five New Zealand Super 14 Franchises.

The All Blacks will have new home and aways jerseys next year.

They're said to to be 35 percent lighter than the jersey used for the last three years, although they'll have longer sleeves.