The British & Irish Lions have announced a new licensing partnership with the world’s largest mouthguard manufacturer, Opro.
“We are delighted to be working with these new partners to support what is set to be an incredible few months for the Lions in South Africa,” says Hannah Stevens, retail head, The Point.1888. “With some very varied partners on board, we are thrilled to be appealing to so many fans across the entire family, as well as supporting the team whilst they play.”
The agreement is one of a number of new license deals secured by The Point.1888, who have partnered with the Lions to create a new range of products ahead of the Castle Lager Lions Series in South Africa against the Springboks.
The partnership grants Opro the rights to produce Lions-branded mouthguards available for purchase through its network of global retailers.
“It’s a huge privilege to once again be partnered with the Lions and we also thanks The Point. 1888 for their fantastic support,” says Daniel Lovat, sports marketing director, Opro. “We’re excited to launch the range of Lions-branded mouthguards alongside our retail partners and also support the squad during the tour, ensuring they’ve the very best protection for their teeth.”
The relationship also sees all players selected in the Lions squad provided with Opro’s custom-fit mouthguards. Opro are the official mouthguard partner of more than 85 teams and associations across the world, including England Rugby, Rugby Australia, New Zealand Rugby and 11 Gallagher Premiership clubs.
“We are delighted to welcome Opro to our family of licensees,” says Tom Halsey, commercial director, British & Irish Lions. “Opro’s pioneering approach to mouthguard technology and player welfare sets it apart from any competitor. We look forward to another successful partnership with them.”