Zebrahosts tackles former tallest rugby star's IT needs

Ex-international rugby star Richard Metcalfe has landed his biggest ever contract after inviting Newcastle data centre Zebrahost to provide his sports teamwear company with IT hosting and technical support.

Metcalfe set-up his business Orion Teamwear in Cramlington four years ago. Before his career was cut short through injury Richard Metcalfe a former Newcastle Falcons star won 11 caps for Scotland between 2000 and 2002, and had the distinction of being the world’s tallest-ever rugby player at 7ft 1inch.

The company has just signed a three-year contract with Trutex the UK’s biggest independent supplier of school and teamwear, with a 1,200 school customer base.

“By removing any headaches relating to IT [to Zebrahost] I have been freed-up to win new business,” Metcalfe says, “so you could say Zebrahosts has indirectly had a hand in Orion Teamwear securing its biggest-ever contract win. We are looking to ZebraHosts to put in a business continuity plan to ensure that as a business we have safeguards in place in the event of any unfortunate circumstances that could impact on trading - such as fire, flood, or theft.”

Picture caption: former Scotland international rugby player Richard Metcalfe (left) with Zebrahosts managing director Nick Collins.
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