Wigan Warriors Rugby League Club are delighted to announce that 188BET have signed a contract extension, which will see the betting giants remain as Official Main Sponsor for the 2017 season.
The extension will see the 188BET logo displayed on the front of Wigan's match and replica shirts.

188BET have a long association with sport having been involved with rugby league, football, cricket and snooker for many years. Current sponsors of Gloucester County Cricket Club, 188BET appeared on the shoulder of the Wigan Warriors shirt in 2010 before renewing their partnership with the Club for the current 2016 Super League season.

Wigan Warriors' Marketing Director Simon Collinson said:

"Having previously sponsored Wigan in 2010 we knew that 188BET would be great partners. We've forged a very close working relationship with the team at 188BET and look forward to another strong year in 2017.

"188BET have worked really hard to engage with Wigan fans, interacting regularly through social and digital media channels with competitions and exclusive content. Furthermore, they've supported a number of initiatives during the course of year, including most recently the distribution of 5,000 Frank-Paul Nuuausala face masks at the huge derby against St Helens when the Kiwi International – nicknamed 'the Wrecking Ball' – made his home debut.

"Conversations have been on-going about the future of this partnership for several months now and we're delighted that 188BET were happy to commit for a further year having seen great value in the partnership."

188BET's Managing Director, Nigel Singer added,

"We are thrilled to be announcing an extension of our main shirt sponsorship agreement with Wigan Warriors. We forged a very strong and productive working relationship in year one and we jumped at the chance to extend our association for another year. We will ensure that the same drive, effort and commitment goes into the partnership for next season as we feel certain that this great Club will continue to thrive, develop and compete at the very highest level for many years to come. We naturally wish Wigan Warriors every success"

Due to the timing of this agreement fans can be assured that the 2017 Wigan Warriors kits are now in production with the winner of the fan vote – where, in a unique move, fans got to choose the 2017 home shirt design – unveiled when sales commence in mid-November.

Read more at http://www.wiganwarriors.com/news/2016-09-22-188bet-renew-sponsorship#1WxxfuY0qwAGd6Od.99

Bath Rugby and Land Rover UK have today announced a new partnership which sees Land Rover become the Official Vehicle Supplier of the Aviva Premiership club.

The partnership is an extension of Land Rover's long standing support of rugby in the UK which includes being the Official Vehicle of Premiership Rugby, Principal Partner of Welsh regional side Cardiff Blues, Official Vehicle Partner of Glasgow Warriors, Main Club Partner of Wasps and Title Sponsor of the UK grassroots rugby programme, the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup.

The announcement was made today at Bath's training ground, Farleigh House, with the help of Bath first team players Freddie Burns, Taulupe Faletau, Rhys Priestland and Semesa Rokoduguni.

The deal is a three way partnership with the Club, Land Rover UK and Dick Lovett, the leading prestige retailer group in the South West who will be opening a new state of the art Jaguar Land Rover dealership in Melksham in the coming months.

The Land Rover logo will feature on the back of the Bath playing shirt and shorts for the first time when they host Saracens at The Rec for the Club's first home game of the season, and throughout the season Land Rover will be looking to use the partnership to engage and reward the Club's fans and wider Bath community.

Speaking on the announcement, Matt Powell, Business Development Director, Bath Rugby, said: "Land Rover is a fantastic brand fit for the Club. They have such a long and rich heritage in rugby and are a well-respected global brand. We have enjoyed working with them in their original capacity as a Premiership Rugby partner, and welcome them to our strong family of commercial partners here at Bath Rugby."

Scott Dicken, Marketing Director, Jaguar Land Rover UK, said: "We are delighted to partner with such a prestigious club that shares so many of the same values as Land Rover. We are proud to have been such a long term supporter of rugby in the UK, and this new partnership will enable us to complement the work we do through our Premiership Rugby activity and further engage with the Bath community.

"This is also a special year for us as it marks ten years of the Land Rover Premiership Cup – the nationwide grassroots programme that has already engaged over 70,000 boys and girls. We wish everyone at the Club the best for the new season."

Richard Davies, Head of Business at Dick Lovett Land Rover, added, "This new partnership is extremely exciting for everyone involved in the new Jaguar Land Rover dealership in Melksham, which opens in December. We look forward to working closely with the staff, players and fans at Bath Rugby and being able to offer our customers some fantastic ways to get involved with one of the country's leading and most loved rugby clubs."

Bath Rugby and Land Rover UK have today announced a new partnership which sees Land Rover become the Official Vehicle Supplier of the Aviva Premiership club.

The partnership is an extension of Land Rover's long standing support of rugby in the UK which includes being the Official Vehicle of Premiership Rugby, Principal Partner of Welsh regional side Cardiff Blues, Official Vehicle Partner of Glasgow Warriors, Main Club Partner of Wasps and Title Sponsor of the UK grassroots rugby programme, the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup.

The announcement was made today at Bath's training ground, Farleigh House, with the help of Bath first team players Freddie Burns, Taulupe Faletau, Rhys Priestland and Semesa Rokoduguni.

The deal is a three way partnership with the Club, Land Rover UK and Dick Lovett, the leading prestige retailer group in the South West who will be opening a new state of the art Jaguar Land Rover dealership in Melksham in the coming months.

The Land Rover logo will feature on the back of the Bath playing shirt and shorts for the first time when they host Saracens at The Rec for the Club's first home game of the season, and throughout the season Land Rover will be looking to use the partnership to engage and reward the Club's fans and wider Bath community.

Speaking on the announcement, Matt Powell, Business Development Director, Bath Rugby, said: "Land Rover is a fantastic brand fit for the Club. They have such a long and rich heritage in rugby and are a well-respected global brand. We have enjoyed working with them in their original capacity as a Premiership Rugby partner, and welcome them to our strong family of commercial partners here at Bath Rugby."

Scott Dicken, Marketing Director, Jaguar Land Rover UK, said: "We are delighted to partner with such a prestigious club that shares so many of the same values as Land Rover. We are proud to have been such a long term supporter of rugby in the UK, and this new partnership will enable us to complement the work we do through our Premiership Rugby activity and further engage with the Bath community.

"This is also a special year for us as it marks ten years of the Land Rover Premiership Cup – the nationwide grassroots programme that has already engaged over 70,000 boys and girls. We wish everyone at the Club the best for the new season."

Richard Davies, Head of Business at Dick Lovett Land Rover, added, "This new partnership is extremely exciting for everyone involved in the new Jaguar Land Rover dealership in Melksham, which opens in December. We look forward to working closely with the staff, players and fans at Bath Rugby and being able to offer our customers some fantastic ways to get involved with one of the country's leading and most loved rugby clubs."

Shannon Airport is delighted to announce that it has come on board as Munster Rugby's 'Official Airport Partner' in a three year commitment.

The partnership is a timely boost for the commencement of the 2017-'18 season and formalises a long standing relationship between the province and Shannon, with the airport having hosted some unforgettable and emotional Munster homecomings over the years, not least following the 2006 and 2008 European Champions Cup Victories.

The partnership, which makes Shannon the exclusive airport partner to Munster rugby, will see the Shannon logo positioned on the players' shorts.

Announcing the deal, Shannon Airport Managing Director Andrew Murphy said that it's a natural fit for both airport and province. "Shannon Airport is synonymous with some of the great Munster Rugby homecomings. We've had thousands of Munster fans packed in here for Munster homecomings over the years. The most notable events were, naturally, the '06 and '08 homecomings following the European Champions Cup victories in Cardiff.

"The great thing about Munster also is that we have had big numbers here for homecomings after quarter-finals and semi-finals and, indeed, also when the team did not get across the line. It's just a brilliantly supported team, in good times and bad. This is a perfect partnership for Shannon. Munster is a massive rugby community. Shannon is also very much a community and over the years, this has been the preferred airport of Munster players and fans alike so it's only right that we would formalise the relationship."

Munster Rugby Commercial Manager Doug Howlett said, "Munster Rugby are delighted to announce Shannon Airport as our exclusive airport partner. We have a rich and colourful history together and we remain very much aligned through serving our community and striving for excellence. Munster Rugby are excited to formalise this relationship and for Shannon Airport to remain the launch pad for our rugby adventures into the future. As the season kicks off this Friday we look forward to supporting the team and our latest Partner Shannon Airport" Said Shannon Group CEO Matthew Thomas: " From a Shannon Group perspective, we are delighted that Shannon Airport and Munster have formalised their long standing relationship and we look forward to the province picking up where it left off last season and continuing its progress back up the European ladder."

The Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) and St. George Bank today announced their commitment to renew their partnership for a further three-year term.

St.George is to embark on its fourth term as naming-rights sponsor with the Queensland Reds which will see a decade long commitment to the Rugby community in Queensland.

Head of Retail Banking for St.George Queensland & WA Naushad Ahmed said St.George is thrilled to be re-joining the Queensland Rugby Family, having spent many years sharing a common goal with the Reds to support Queenslanders with a love of Rugby, from Grassroots to the Elite level.

"This partnership with Queensland Rugby enables us as a bank to have a large footprint across the state which sees participants from over 200 clubs and 500 schools take part in Rugby.

"We've been working closely with the QRU to launch a number of initiatives in the 2018 season, including our 'You play, we'll pay program', where any participant with an eligible St.George bank account can have a portion of their Rugby registration paid," Mr Ahmed said.

In 2017, the 'You Play, We'll Pay' initiative directly assisted Queensland's Rugby participants with over 2,300 applications for individual financial relief.

Additionally, Reds fans who obtain a new St.George Reds Amplify credit card will receive a free '3-game "Red Hot Flexi Pass" membership' (subject to eligibility).

Collaboratively St.George and Queensland Rugby also plan to roll out more initiatives over the next three years that will enable Rugby families to both be physically and financially healthy.

Such is St.George's commitment to Rugby in Queensland that St.George is the 'Presenting Rights' partner for today's National Rugby Championship Round 1 clash at Ballymore Stadium, where two-time premiers McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City take on the Fijian Drua in the Fijian's first-ever game in the competition.

Richard Barker, QRU CEO said: "Our partnership with St.George has been an enduring influence on Rugby in Queensland. We're delighted that the relationship continues to flourish and that we'll be working together for another three years, which means a decade of support.

"This is a significant announcement for the code and a reaffirmation that strategic partnerships can be valuable and long-lasting for both parties when there is shared understanding and respect."

The St.George/QRU partnership is one of the longest unbroken sponsorship relationships in Australian Rugby.

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With kick-off to the 2017/18 season just days away Macron have become the Match Official Kit and Retail Partner to the Guinness PRO14.

From the start of the season Guinness PRO14 referees will be wearing Macron match kits after a multi-year deal was signed with the Italian kit manufacturer, who provide Sportswear and Leisurewear for elite level clubs and national bodies around the world.

This season the Guinness PRO14 becomes a truly global tournament after the Toyota Cheetahs and the Southern Kings joined the Championship from South Africa to bring cross-hemisphere rugby to fans around the tournament.

Macron are a leading sportswear brand with their success due to the quality of products, high level of service and the ability to interpret the needs of athletes.

Dermot Rigley, Commercial & Marketing Director of PRO14 Rugby, was thrilled to welcome Macron to the Championship's stable of partners.

"We saw close to 300 international players appear in the Championship last season and that demands that our referees are in peak condition in order to keep up with these world-class athletes," Rigley said.

"Greg Garner, our Elite Referee Manager, and our union referee managers ensure that match officials in the Guinness PRO14 are physically and mentally prepared to officiate our games each week and now Macron will make certain they feel good and look good when they are holding the whistle."

Speaking about the new partnership, Ross Cook, Sports Marketing Manager from Macron, said: "We are so proud to become a partner of the Guinness PRO14 which is now a world leader in rugby. Macron has already had success in the Championship with both Glasgow Warriors and Scarlets (both Macron clubs) being past champions so with all of the exciting new announcements around South Africa and the overall growth project, we knew we wanted to be part of it.

"Many of the referees in the Guinness PRO14 are regulars on the international scene and we're thrilled to be supporting them on game days with the best possible Match Official Kits from Macron. In addition to seeing the referees and technical staff at PRO14 Rugby wearing Macron, we are excited at the prospect of launching a new official Guinness PRO14 range that will be available in the very near future."

Greg Garner, Elite Referee Manager for the Guinness PRO14, said: "I'm thrilled that Macron are working with us to ensure our referees have the best Match Official Kits so they only have to focus on the game.

"Our referees do a huge amount of work behind the scenes to ensure that they deliver the best possible performance on the pitch each and every weekend. Knowing that the referees in the Guinness PRO14 have Macron in their corner every week is very reassuring as we enter into the new season."

Read more at http://www.pro14rugby.org/2017/08/30/macron-becomes-match-official-kit-and-retail-partner-to-the-guinness-pro14/#AM5XzZOkzgBTdEFv.99

SA Rugby announced a major new backer on Monday when banking giant, FNB, was revealed as a Springbok sponsor.
FNB has agreed a three-year partnership which will see the bank's logo appear on the back of the Springbok jersey above the playing number.

It brings to five the number of major new partners to join the Springbok and SA Rugby family since the start of the year.

FNB's famous name will appear on the Springbok playing jersey for the first time in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship Test against Argentina in Port Elizabeth on 19 August 2017.

"FNB's slogan is 'How can we help you' and during June we spent some time with its executives, staff and some of its corporate clients, explaining where we were as South African rugby and what our recovery strategy was for the Springboks and the game as part of a roadshow to South African business," said Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby.

"FNB heard how they could help us and they have responded swiftly and decisively and we're absolutely delighted to welcome them to the family.

"FNB is one of South Africa's most respected brands – part of the national DNA, like the Springboks - and we greatly appreciate the support and confidence they have shown in the team and in rugby. We are sure we'll replay their investment."

Faye Mfikwe, FNB Chief Marketing Officer said: "As a proudly South African brand, we believe that this partnership symbolises our commitment to nation-building. As proven in South Africa over the last 20 years, sport has the amazing power to unite a nation, and there's no better representation of this than the Springboks' historic Rugby World Cup victories in 1995 and 2007."

Mfikwe says the timing of the partnership is perfectly in tune with the bank's renewed commitment to help every South African help themselves. She says the bank continues to demonstrate this commitment through its solutions as well as sponsorship properties which play a vital role in the development of grassroots talent.

"The ultimate dream for many young hopefuls is to be given the honour of representing their national team and our grassroots platforms are increasingly playing an important role in facilitating the realisation of such aspirations. To date, our sponsorship properties have enabled 30 young players to represent South Africa on the international stage in Springbok colours.

"The partnership with the Springboks is the pinnacle of our journey and as a brand, we remain committed to making a positive contribution that will take the country forward," concluded Mfikwe.

The partnership was launched at Montecasino at Fourways in Johannesburg on Monday.

ABOUT FNB

FNB is the oldest bank in South Africa, and can be traced back to the Eastern Province Bank formed in Grahamstown in 1838. Today, FNB trades as a division of FirstRand Bank Limited. The Acacia tree in our brand logo is a suitable representation of our history.
Our roots run deep in South Africa, and we have grown thanks to our commitment to serving the needs of our clients and communities.

Powerday and London Irish are delighted to confirm today that Powerday will continue as the principal sponsor of both the London Irish professional and amateur clubs for the 2017/18 season.

The partnership, which is now into its fifth successive season, will see Powerday featured prominently on the front of the club's playing shirts.

Powerday will also receive key branding in and around the Madejski Stadium and the club's prestigious Hazelwood training complex.

Mick Crossan, chairman of Powerday said: "We are extremely proud to be continuing our long-standing partnership with London Irish as the club prepares to make its return back to the Aviva Premiership.

"London Irish is a special club that shares our values both on and off the field, and the tremendous work undertaken in the community as well as the club's desire to flourish in the Premiership fills us with immense pride."

Finance director Paul Forsyth said: "Powerday have been excellent long-term sponsors of the club and we are delighted that they will continue as our principle sponsor.

"We are grateful to Mick and his team for their continued support as we prepare for our return to the Aviva Premiership."

Be part of the London Irish family with a 2017/18 Season Membership. Great value from £295 for adults and under 13s are free for 18 home games and so much more.

Visit www.london-irish.com/membership or call 0118 968 1016 to book your seat for next season now or to find out more.

We are pleased to announce a four-year extension of Connacht Rugby's partnership with Murray Timber Group.

The province have been official partners with the family-run business for the past three years. As part of the new deal, the Murray Timber Group name will continue to be displayed on the Connacht Rugby home, away and European playing jerseys.

Established in Ballygar, Galway and now based in both Galway and Carlow, Murray Timber Group is one of the largest, most progressive and flexible providers of timber in the country. The Group's products can be seen in Builders Merchants throughout Ireland and the UK under their own distinctive trademarked SNR (Sustainable Natural Resource) brand.

They have their own dedicated and professional forestry division to offer free forestry management advice and thinning and clear-fell services to forestry growers throughout the country.

Connacht Rugby Head of Commercial & Marketing, Brian Mahony, said:
"We are very happy to extend our deal with Murray Timber Group up to 2021. This partnership, which has been in place since the summer of 2014, has proven a great success.

"With the newly-expanded PRO14 Championship, a position on our playing jersey has become an even more valuable asset and we look forward to showcasing the Murray Timber Group name on our jerseys for the next four years."

Commenting on the new deal, Patrick Murray, Director of Murray Timber Group, said:
"We are very proud to be extending our partnership with Connacht Rugby. It has been fantastic to be part of the journey over the past three years and to witness the growth of the club both on and off the field.

"Connacht Rugby is an ambitious club with very similar values to our family-run business and we look forward to supporting new Head Coach Kieran Keane and all of the team in the seasons ahead."

Glasgow Warriors have agreed a major three-year partnership with SP Energy Networks, which sees the company that operates across central and southern Scotland create a powerful new partnership where the Warriors will be their Community Partner from this season.

As part of the landmark deal their logo will feature on the front of the home and alternate Macron playing kit and on the roof of the Community Stand at Scotstoun Stadium for the next three seasons. The distinctive SP Energy Networks logo will also feature on the Glasgow Warriors retail kit from the 2018/19 season.

This community partnership will see SP Energy Networks, the distribution arm of ScottishPower which owns and operates the electricity transmission and distribution network in the area, working with Glasgow Warriors on wide-ranging community events throughout the year.

SP Energy Networks will be heavily involved in match day community activity supporting schools and local clubs, the SP Energy Networks Warriors Championship for schools, and a number of other key initiatives aimed at inspiring the next generation of rugby players from surrounding communities.

Glasgow Warriors Managing Director, Nathan Bombrys said: "Our commitment to representing Glasgow and the West of Scotland is at the heart of the purpose of our club and it's clear that SP Energy Networks have an even deeper commitment within our community.

"This partnership with SP Energy Networks is an example of how great things can happen when you put a genuine focus on serving your community.

"We look forward to developing this innovative community partnership over the next three seasons."

Scottish Rugby Ambassador and Business development manager Al Kellock, who has worked closely with both ScottishPower and SP Energy Networks over the last couple of years, said: "As the ScottishPower relationship comes to an end, it's great that SP Energy Networks have seen the benefits of partnering with Glasgow Warriors.

"We look forward to working with their team over the next three years to add real depth to an exciting partnership."

SP Energy Networks Chief Executive, Frank Mitchell said: "We are delighted that Glasgow Warriors will support our focus on community engagement.

"It's vital that we support the communities we serve and we know the profile of the Warriors will give our messages improved resonance with many of them."

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