XBlades Sports and England's Rugby Football League (RFL), the governing body of the rugby league in the U.K., have entered a 12-month partnership deal under which the firm will supply its boots to the RFL's referees and touch judges. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Established in Australia in 1989, XBlades is best known for its quality boots, with the brand having developed the very first bladed outsole. In the U.K., its footwear is currently worn by several rugby league players including Sam Tomkins, Zak Hardaker and Josh Charnley, stars of the England Knights. XBlades' football boots are worn by many champions of the Australian Football League as well as other world-class football players.

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