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VIDEO - RFU announces partnership with Glaxosmithkline Consumer Healthcare

17 January 2012

  • England Rugby agree four year strategic partnership with Lucozade Sport and Maximuscle
  • The UK’s number one sports drink and nutrition brands set to fuel England Rugby

The RFU today unveiled details of an exciting new partnership with one of the world's leading consumer healthcare companies, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (GSK).

The deal will run to 2016 and sees leading brands Lucozade Sport and Maximuscle, part of the Maxinutrition portfolio, partner with the Elite England Rugby Squads as Official Hydration and Sports Nutrition partners respectively. The deal represents the first collaboration between the two companies  since the GSK acquisition of Maxinutrition in February 2011.

The UK’s number one sports drink and nutrition brands will fuel England Rugby, becoming official partners to the Senior, Saxons, Sevens and Women’s squads. Both Lucozade Sport and Maximuscle have an excellent reputation in research and development and as part of this strategic partnership the RFU will utilise their expertise to further develop world-class hydration and nutrition strategies, aiding performance optimisation, endurance and recovery.

Alongside elite rugby, the two brands are committed to supporting adult rugby outside of the professional game and will bring their enthusiasm and expertise to players and clubs throughout the country.

Peter Harding, General Manager of GSK Consumer Healthcare Great Britain and Ireland, commented, “We are delighted to announce the beginning of an exciting partnership with the RFU in what is a promising time for not only the senior England team but English rugby as a whole. GSK are positive that our significant experience in delivering outstanding sports nutrition will help the team maximise its potential, starting with the RBS 6 Nations.”

Sophie Goldschmidt, RFU Chief Commercial Officer, said, “We are excited about our new strategic partnership with GSK’s Consumer Healthcare business.  Lucozade Sport and Maximuscle are leaders in their field and are highly respected within the industry.  This partnership will benefit all levels of the RFU’s elite game, providing products and tailored nutritional expertise to England’s Senior, Saxons, Sevens and Women’s squads - this reinforces our commitment to excellence across all levels.”

England Head Coach, Stuart Lancaster added, “Keeping our players in the best possible health and physical condition is paramount to the team’s success and we are sure that our partnership with Lucozade Sport and Maximuscle can only further help our strength and conditioning team in achieving this. The margins in elite sport are narrowing, so we are looking to this partnership to help us find edges in human performance via hydration and nutrition practices.”


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