Nike is rumoured to be closing in on a renewed deal to sponsor and supply kit for the England rugby team, but has stayed silent for now.

It is expected to sign a new deal within weeks as the current one runs out in the summer, reported The Daily Telegraph.

Such a deal would reportedly beat off growing competition for the contract from rival Adidas, together with rugby brands Canterbury and Kooga.

A spokesperson for Nike UK made no comment on the rumours when contacted by just-style today (11 February).

England shirts sold out prior to the teams unexpected appearance in last year's Rugby World Cup, it was reported.