OPRO, the world’s largest manufacturer of the most technically advanced mouthguard, has announced an official partnership with Rugby Canada, the national governing body for Rugby Union in Canada.
With player welfare a key component of OPRO’s commitment to developing the game of rugby at all levels, the new partnership draws a parallel with Rugby Canada’s ‘PlaySmart’ initiative, which aims to put players first by educating them on the importance of injury awareness, prevention and recovery.
Specifically, OPRO will provide elite level mouthguards to all junior and senior players from Rugby Canada’s national programme, as well as providing access to their entire range of award winning Self-Fit mouthguards to Rugby Canada’s grassroots level of rugby across Canada.
The tie-up comes at an exciting time as Rugby Canada seek to build upon gold and silver medals respectively for the women’s and men’s sevens teams at last month’s Pan American Games, as they continue to look to harness the power of international events to inspire and develop the game at all levels.
Together, OPRO and Rugby Canada are looking toward September in Japan, to the highly anticipated men’s Rugby World Cup which they see as a fantastic opportunity to capitalise on the noise and excitement around the game, to inspire more children to become involved in a sport that is steeped in history.
As the official mouthguard of Rugby Canada, OPRO are now the mouthguard partner of over 75 teams including New Zealand Rugby, England Rugby, Australia Rugby, USA Rugby, Canadian Lacrosse, Football Canada and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). With over 20 years’ experience, OPRO is dedicated to bringing leading technology and safety to athletes at all levels of sport.
OPRO Sports Marketing Director, Daniel Lovat said: “Canada has a long and successful history in the sport of Rugby, and we’re excited to now be a part of that.
“We have huge respect for the work they are putting into education around player welfare and are looking forward to working together to help foster improvements across all levels of the game moving forward.”
Rugby Canada’s Director of Athletic Performance, Matt Barr: “Player safety is paramount in everything that we do. We are very pleased to partner with OPRO Mouthguards and for them to provide our athletes with a quality product.”