Raging Bull Sportswear
Raging Bull Sportswear is an exclusive rugby clothing company that supplies branded, high quality performance clothing, for both on and off the field of play.
Established in 2003 with Phil Vickery, Rugby World Cup Winner & MBE, the company has grown from grassroots rugby to a brand that punches well above its weight having supplied sportswear to national and international level sides.
As a passionate supporter of communities and local clubs, setting up a sportswear company to provide high quality affordable kit seemed to Phil to be the perfect idea for a business after playing – but first of all to get everything up and running he needed a company name.
England Head Coach Sir Clive Woodward was the man who, due to Phil’s rampaging style of rugby, first called him a ‘raging bull’ back in 1999 and the name stuck. There was no hesitation for Phil – his nickname was the perfect choice for the fledging company and Raging Bull was born.
In 2007 Raging Bull Sportswear teamed up with Halbro Sportswear, further strengthening the brand. Halbro’s 100 years’ experience in the supply of sportswear meant that the brand could benefit from this wealth of manufacturing, design and product development knowledge. Partnering with a British based brand who have been in the industry for so long really outlines the intentions of Raging Bull Sportswear, it is a brand that will be around for the next 100 years.
Raging Bull is a strong and unique brand that is proudly worn by seniors, juniors and minis across all levels and age groups. What sets Raging Bull Sportswear apart from the rest is our brand, Phil Vickery, and how we can bring you more than just rugby clothing.
Raging Bull Sportswear offers clubs of all sizes the opportunity to team up with us, and become a partner. Partnership agreements are available and clubs can benefit from the following:
- Sponsorship of clubs / players
- Annual cashbacks from online shop sales
- Gift of kit
- Dedicated account managers
- Unrivalled customer service
- Sizing sessions for kit
- Free design service
- Short lead times on stock and bespoke ranges
- UK manufacture
- Supply chain controlled solely by Raging Bull Sportswear
We also work closely with many charities and community projects, for example:
- My Name’s Doddi5 Foundation (MNDF)
- SOS Kit Aid
- The Atlas Foundation
- The Pied Piper Appeal
- The Front Row Club
- Sue Ryder
- Teenage Cancer Trust
- Sunbeam Music Charity
- AFC Masters (disability football team)
- Bolton Armed Veterans
- English Cancer Crusaders Rugby
The Raging Bull Sportswear Family
Over 30 staff members based here in the UK at our Bolton Office. These include the following roles and departments.
- Product development
- Quality control
- Customer service
- Social media
- Embroidery and printing
- Dispatch team
With all of these things under one roof, you can see how we control everything from a simple enquiry all the way through the quoting, design, ordering and manufacturing. We make this a hassle free process for you, and with the excellent levels of customer service we pride ourselves on, we aim to make ordering kit for you club / team a fun process, not a stressful one.
Get in touch with us today and start the process of kitting out your club or team with high quality sportswear at affordable prices.
Phil Vickery – Playing Career
Success with his national side came early for Phil Vickery. After appearances for the England u21’s and Colts in the 1996-97 season, at just 21 years of age he was selected for the senior England side to play against Wales at Twickenham. With only 34 first team games for Gloucester under his belt – it was a rapid rise for the young Cornishman and the start of an international career which saw him capped 73 times for England. In that first game in 1998 he came off the bench to replace Darren Garforth in a game England won 60-26.
Summer 1998 saw Vickery take part in the infamous Southern Hemisphere tour under new coach Clive Woodward. The tour which was made up of young rookies did have some benefits for the players bringing through future stars such as Vickery himself and Jonny Wilkinson.
After picking up a neck injury in April 1999 Phil had recovered sufficiently to be selected as part of the England squad to play in that year’s Rugby World Cup. Although it ended with a disappointing quarter final exit the core of that team would go on 4 years later to lift the trophy in Australia in 2003. A victory clinched with that memorable last minute drop goal from Jonny Wilkinson.
Phil was part of a strong squad that contained a group of players including himself such as Wilkinson, Greenwood, Robinson, Dallagio and Hill, that are now appreciated as some of the best in the World. In the four years leading up to 2003 there were some breath taking victories and Phil himself was a crucial cog in the Red Rose rise to dominance. He was appointed captain of the England squad that toured Argentina in 2002 and let the side to victory over the Pumas in Buenos Aires. During the 2003 tournament he played in all seven games and captained the side against Uruguay. He scored his first international try when he came off the bench against Samoa in the third game.
The euphoria of winning the World Cup win was sensational and Phil and all his teammates received a hero’s welcome when they returned from Sydney with the Webb Ellis trophy. They went on to be awarded MBE’s by Her Majesty the Queen and win BBC’s Sports Team of the Year.
2007 saw Phil selected by new coach Brian Ashton to captain the side for the Six Nations and the upcoming Rugby World Cup in France. Despite a disastrous start to the tournament losing 36-0 against South Africa Phil’s team somehow clawed their way back and reached the final – ultimately coming up just short against eventual winners South Africa.
Phil’s club rugby career included 11 years at Gloucester RFC where he played 145 times between 1995-2006. He captained the club from 201 to 2003 which included the year Gloucester won the Zurich Championship, beating Bristol in the final, and the year they topped the Premiership and won the Powergen Cup.
Injuries impacted on Phil’s career throughout and it was for this reason Gloucester released him in 2006 and he went on to join Wasps RFC. His stay at Wasps proved fruitful in terms of trophy hunting with his time at the club resulting in him collecting both a Heineken Cup and Premiership winner’s medal.
Phil was a legend at both world and club level with a glorious career that included two tours with the famous British & Irish Lions – a team comprising the finest players in the home nations. Selected for both the 2001 and 2009 Lions tour, with injury ruling him out of 2005, Phil earned himself a place in the history books of the game.