Our Heritage

Canterbury of New Zealand’s heart and soul originated in the Canterbury province of New Zealand, and had its beginnings in the late 1880’s. When two family companies joined forces in 1904, the foundations of the Canterbury of New Zealand brand were laid. Three Pioneers - John Lane, Pringle Walker and Alfred Rudkin - began making high-performance clothing good enough to outfit an army, and was in fact worn by the Anzacs and World War 1. The reputation won in battle would eventually impress the most successful rugby teams in the world.

Canterbury of New Zealand built its foundations in club rugby - the grass roots of the game - and has never lost sight of its beginnings. In fact, Canterbury of New Zealand made its jerseys so well that word soon leaked out to other rugby playing nations. Canterbury of New Zealand jerseys found their way all over the world.

2005 saw CCC go off field with its very popular lifestyle collection. Today high quality CCC leisure apparel is being worn all over the world.

In 2007 CCC launched the new rugby world cup jersey - the first time a jersey was specially designed for position to optimise team performance. Since then, some of the world's biggest teams have been knocking at our door.

Leading rugby league teams also sport the CCC jersey including the Vodafone Warriors, the Bullgdogs and Queensland State of Origin. Earlier in 2012, CCC launched the new Warriors Te Toki Pounamu Heritage Jersey, the most popular rugby league jersey ever produce in New Zealand.

Canterbury’s commitment to excellence and innovation in fabric technologies resulted in the development of our highly regarded Baselayer and Compression ranges.

Baselayer Cold garments are created with comfortable, lightweight fabrics, to actively support your body’s temperature management whilst exposed to challenging Winter conditions. While your competitors are escaping indoors, you can keep training, keep playing and keep winning.

Canterbury’s Mercury TCR Compression garments assist athletes to Train, Compete and Recover. Developed in partnership with leading sports innovation researchers at Loughborough University in the UK, Mercury TCR Compression is designed to aid bloodflow, reduce muscle soreness and improve performance and recovery.


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