The company was started in early 1990, when the founders – Kevin and Leila BEAN, emigrated from London to Toulouse.
Like many of his British compatriots, Kevin had been playing rugby from an early age. Leila, is a native of the South West of France, the heartland of French rugby.
It was a natural step for them to decide to create a business based around their common passion – Rugby.
A selling off the page advertisement in the specialist rugby newspaper the “Midi Olympique” was the start . Replicas of major nations jerseys from a well known UK brand – Cotton Oxford , being the first of many that were to feature in their mail order catalogue.
Whilst Kevin worked hard at finding new brands to introduce into the French market, including in 1997, the world famous Gilbert rugby ball brand, Leila worked hard at ensuring the distribution of the catalogue to an ever increasing number of regular clients.
One of the first Rugby sHop catalog
More than 20 years later, installed in the Toulouse area, Kevin and Leila work as part of a solid team of 15 staff, all as passionate as each other about their favorite sport.
The Rugby sHop Store in Toulouse (St-Alban, 31)
Rugby sHop now distribute more than 50 brands – including 3 own label brands and close on a thousand different products are permanently available on the internet site www.rugbyshop.com and in our specialist catalogues. From boots to replica jerseys, for on-field and off-field gear, RugbyShop try to offer an unequaled selection of products for amateurs and supporters of the game.
www.rugbyshop.com is one of the major internet sites dedicated 100% to the game of rugby. The site boasts over 100 000 unique visitors each month and more than 150 000 clients have been purchasing regularly from us over the last 20 years ! We project to continue and improve our selection and service over the years to come.
We project to continue and improve our selection and service over the years to come !