Warwick has been confirmed as a new sponsor of both the DHL Stormers and DHL Western Province teams, as Associate Sponsor and Wealth Partner.

Warwick is a local and international investment house, with products that span asset, estate, wealth and credit management. Warwick operates across South Africa, with offices in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London and Knysna.

With over 18 years' experience within South Africa alone, Warwick provide clients with 'financial maturity' via their products, high service levels and the ability to assist any person with their wealth needs and financial planning.

Western Province Rugby Group CEO, Paul Zacks, welcomed Warwick as the latest high-profile brand to get behind the DHL Stormers and DHL Western Province.

"It is our pleasure to welcome Warwick to the fold here at DHL Newlands, we are very excited to be associated with another top brand.

"Warwick are leaders in their field, which makes them a good fit with our teams and the rest of our valued sponsors and partners," he said.

President of the Western Province Rugby Football Union, Mr Thelo Wakefield, said that Warwick's sponsorship is another important step forward for the WPRFU.

"Being connected to a company like Warwick gives WP Rugby and our professional teams even more prestige, so we are very excited about what the future holds with them.

"Our aim is to continue reaching for greater heights and this sponsorship is another step in that process," he said.

Ian Kilbride, the CEO of Warwick, stated, "Warwick is delighted to be associated with the pre-eminent global rugby franchise and this now extends Warwick's sporting links, sponsorship and support to rugby, in addition to our existing support for soccer, bowls, golf, bridge, croquet, hockey, cycling and numerous other sporting and leisure activities, enjoyed by our extensive local and international client base."

The Warwick logo will feature on the chest of the jerseys worn by the 2018 DHL Stormers and all Western Province teams, as part of the new 2018 sponsorship line-up. This new sponsorship deal sees Warwick join the likes of fellow associate sponsors, Land Rover and BrightRock, along with the title sponsor DHL.

We preview some more of the exhibitors showcasing their products and services at the Ricoh Arena on Wednesday 18 April.

The new-look one-day conference will provide delegates from the professional and community game with 12+ hours packed with high-level discussion and debate covering both codes of the sport, interactive coaching content, partner meetings and a busy exhibition showcasing the latest rugby-focused products and services.

Find out more about the exhibitors below:

Catapult exists to build and improve the performance of athletes and teams. Their products are designed to optimise performance, mitigate the risk of injury and support the return to competition. Catapult has also provided performance analytics to some of the world's leading sports organisations. Chelsea, Bayern Munich, the New York Giants, Houston Rockets as well as the English Cricket Board, AFL and Australia Rugby Union have all benefited from Catapult insights.

With 40 years' experience in manufacturing both sports and architectural metal products to schools, colleges, universities, and sporting academies. Robbin prides itself on its knowledge, passion, and commitment to national, regional and local sport with a team of ex-professional sportsmen and members of various local community clubs.

The 1839 Company are the manufacturers of fine traditional honours caps, historically awarded within Rugby to commemorate significant achievement within the game. We have worked with schools, clubs and universities within the UK to provide bespoke caps which have previously been awarded to those going on sports tours, gaining school colours or reaching a certain number of appearances.

As a leading contractor founded on more than 50 years' experience, Agripower work nationwide undertaking the design, construction, refurbishment, drainage and maintenance of all natural and synthetic sports facilities. Agripower directly employ a team of highly trained staff, and own and maintain an enviable fleet of specialist plant and machinery ensuring that no delays are encountered throughout the project. They specialise in natural sports turf, 3G grass, multi-use areas, athletics facilities and are primary installers of the Powergrass Hybrid System.

Cardskipper is an app that improves member and fan engagement and replaces the traditional membership card. It gives organisations a constant presence in members' pockets for instant and effortless communication. Launched in 2015, Cardskipper is used by over 220 organisations internationally – including ice hockey, football and basketball sport federations, supporter clubs and student unions.

Traveleads look after some of the largest sports organisations in the UK including The Rugby Football League, Super League, Scottish Rugby Union and Premiership Rugby. They help achieve the best levels of savings in travel purchasing for team and business travel, reduce the costs associated with changes and excess baggage, taking away the hassle of managing contracts and squad amendments.

Spain is experiencing a tremendous growth in the number of rugby players. Rugby Challenge Spain was born with the only intention of supporting and shoring up that growth, improving the relationship between the Federation, clubs and soccer stadiums, organising different matches and test matches between international clubs, national rugby teams, and providing a great framework, playing in different stadiums full of people. They also help and advise any Rugby Schools, who want to establish a branch in Spain.

The UHY Hacker Young Group is an ambitious and growing network of UK chartered accountants. They pride themselves on providing an attentive and personal service, tailored and shaped to fit your needs. Their clients come in all shapes and sizes and so do their services, whether it is complex or day-to-day, local, national or international.

Rugby Visitor Centre is based in the heart of The Rugby Town, birthplace of the game. Visit their stand to find out about the newly opened, interactive, immersive and inspiring World Rugby Hall of Fame, and the town's varied cultural offer. There are a number of exclusive offers for groups and all the information you need to make your visit to the town a memorable one.

Clubminder have been involved in the Club Industry for over 20 years and their experience has shown that Clubs can reduce costs, improve cash-flow and increase turnover, by engaging with them, listening to some or all of their suggestions and implementing them.

Yihong Garment Manufacture was founded in 2006 and has 11 years' experience in bespoke teamwear, sportswear and school wear, working with many large brands including KOOGA, Beyond Limits Known, International Sports Clothing, XB, and LE.

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With just over three months to go until Rugby Expo 2018, we preview some of the exhibitors set to showcase their products and services at the Ricoh Arena on Wednesday 18 April.

The reformatted one-day conference will provide attendees from the professional and community game, with 12+ hours packed with high-level discussion and debate covering both codes of the sport, interactive coaching content, partner meetings and a busy exhibition showcasing the latest rugby-focused products and services.

Find out more about the exhibitors below:

OPRO Mouthguards are leaders in custom-fit mouthguards to schools, colleges, clubs and individuals. With hundreds of custom design possibilities, and OPRO's Custom-Fit mouth impression method, every player can have a mouthguard unique to them and that is made to measure.

ClubMinder provides integrated technology to fitness clubs throughout the UK and Ireland covering membership, subscriptions and CRM, tills and EPOS, golf competition management, access control, bookings, accounting and internet services.

The 1839 Company are the manufacturers of fine traditional honours caps, historically awarded within Rugby to commemorate significant achievement within the game. The 1839 Company seeks to continue this very tradition celebrating the achievements of those men and women awarded the highest of sporting honours within all sports, at all age groups. We have worked with Schools, Clubs and Universities within the UK to provide bespoke caps which have previously been awarded to those going on sports tours, gaining school colours or reaching a certain number of appearances.

G-Form was founded by avid athletes that shared in a common vision of using advanced polymer technology to revolutionise impact protection and vibration dampening for competition. G-Form's innovative and ground-breaking athletic and consumer electronic products absorb over 90% of the energy from high-speed impact.

William Turner is a leading UK manufacturer that specialises in supplying premium quality ties and accessories for the schoolwear, club and corporate markets. Established in 1969, the family led business is proud to have supplied some of the world's most highly esteemed names in the education and sports sectors.

As a leading contractor founded on more than 50 years' experience, Agripower works nationwide undertaking the design, construction, refurbishment, drainage and maintenance of all natural and synthetic sports facilities. We directly employ a team of highly trained staff, and own and maintain an enviable fleet of specialist plant and machinery ensuring that no delays are encountered throughout the project. Specialising in natural sports turf, 3G grass, multi-use areas, athletics facilities and primary installers of the Powergrass Hybrid System.

Phoenix Sporting Goods create and distribute a range of strong, performance led brands to the retail and sports education markets. With inspirational leadership and world class customer service, Phoenix Sporting Goods aid aspiring athletes and their coaches, from grass roots to sporting professionals.

Mobile Virtual Player is the first ever self-righting mobile training device. Controlled remotely and powered by a motor, it's an innovative training partner that can move at the speed of your opponent. By simulating human motion, the MVP allows players to practice tackling, pursuing, evading and throwing at a mobile target, without the impact and fatigue associated with athlete on athlete training.

O'Neills was founded in 1918 as a manufacturer of Gaelic footballs and it is now the largest sportswear manufacturing company in Ireland. They customise garments to satisfy demand for crests, logos, sponsorship etc.

To discuss sponsorship or exhibitor opportunities or to find out more about attending Rugby Expo 2018 as a delegate, contact Jenny Forbes, Head of Business Development, on

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A refreshed format will see extended one-day event dedicated to the pro and community game on 18 April 2018
Rugby Ventures Ltd., the management team behind Rugby Expo, has confirmed the return of the event to the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on Wednesday 18 April 2018, with a series of changes and innovations as part of an updated programme of events.

The new format, designed to further support and engage those from the professional and community game, will see the conference and exhibition combined into one extended day, providing attendees with 12+ hours packed with high-level discussion and debate covering both codes of the sport, interactive coaching content, partner meetings and a busy exhibition showcasing the latest rugby-focused products and services.

New for 2018, Rugby Expo will officially open on the evening of Tuesday 17 April, with an exclusive networking event for VIPs, sponsors, exhibitors, delegates, club & league representatives.

Following on from the previous years, Rugby Expo will once again be split in two parts; the morning/afternoon will be focused on the professional game, before attention switches to community club rugby, with this year's event running into the evening to support those attending from the grass roots game.

Rugby Expo has also moved to a new, larger exhibition hall to facilitate a greater focus on interactive content, with a new 102m² interactive area at the heart of the exhibition floor, which will facilitate a series of technical and practical coaching demonstrations from some of the very best coaches in the game. This has been designed to allow community game coaches and volunteers to get the best access they can to the very best coaches, to support their development and allow them to take away unrivalled insight and knowledge transfer from the pro game to the community game.

The new location in the Ricoh Arena also provides a much larger auditorium for the main stage presentations, which will be a real focus for the professional game content, with the conference programme, final schedule and the line-up of speakers to be announced very shortly.

The event also continues to be well-supported by the sport's governing bodies including Premiership Rugby, the RFU and RFL, as well as extending its close working partnership with the Ricoh Arena and senior management team at Aviva Premiership home side, Wasps.

Commenting on today's announcement, Jonathan Wilson, event director, said: "We are delighted to confirm our return to the Ricoh for 2018 and to share our vision and plans for the new-look Rugby Expo. I also want to place my thanks, on record, to Wasps who have worked with us to help create our new vision for Rugby Expo.

"The event is very well-established, but we are always looking at new ways in which to work with our partners to refresh our offering, and further support both sides and codes of the sport. The new-look event for 2018 will not only bring about positive changes for those attending from the community game, but will ensure that we continue to deliver the big names, hard-hitting content and unrivalled networking opportunities that Rugby Expo is known for."

Stuart Cain, commercial director of Wasps and the Ricoh Arena, said: "Rugby Expo is a fantastic platform that brings together the pro and community games and we're proud to welcome the event back to the Ricoh Arena.

"The relationship is a true partnership and we're looking forward to working closely with the event team to help support and implement the exciting changes outlined for 2018."

To discuss sponsorship or exhibitor opportunities or to find out more about attending Rugby Expo 2018 as a delegate, contact Jenny Forbes, Head of Business Development, on +44 (0) 843 289 0583 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Rugby Football League is delighted to announce an extended partnership with Specsavers which sees the trusted optician continue their involvement with the organisation for a fifth year.

Since their sponsorship at the Rugby League World Cup 2013, Specsavers has appeared on all Match Officials throughout the game – from the Betfred Super League, to Championship down to grassroots Rugby League and the recognised brand will be ever present once again in 2018.

Specsavers will continue to support their brand presence and marketing rights through a number of activations throughout the year, including the 'fifth official' campaign which in 2017 saw nine-year-old Jessica Marsh enjoy a once in a lifetime experience as part of the Match Officials Team at the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final.

Rugby Football League Interim Chief Executive Officer Ralph Rimmer said, "It is fantastic news that Specsavers are continuing their partnership with the Rugby Football League for another year.

"They have been a perfect match for sponsorship of our Match Officials at all levels of the game for the last four years and we're looking forward to working together once again in 2018."

Specsavers Head of Sport Sponsorship James Read said, "We're delighted to be continuing our longstanding sponsorship of Rugby League. Technological advancements in recent years have certainly helped umpires and referees, but we will always rely on their personal judgements too. At Specsavers we're glad to do our bit, where we can, to help ensure that they get the best possible support to do their job. We are also proud to support such an engaging sport from the elite game to grassroots."

Capgemini has become the Official GLOBAL INNOVATION PARTNER of the Men’s and Women’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. This new multi-year partnership is a continuation of Capgemini’s long-term support for the sport of Rugby over the last 25 years, and is a natural fit for the Group, reflecting its strong heritage and international presence. Rugby Sevens also shares many common attributes with Capgemini including agility, innovation, inclusivity, fun and team spirit.
 
The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series is the world circuit of Rugby Sevens, an Olympic discipline since 2016. This international competition includes 10 Men’s Tournaments and 5 Women’s across the globe in which 16 and 12 national sevens teams respectively, compete for points at each round for the Men’s and Women’s overall Series. A champion is crowned at the end of each Series based on points accumulated throughout the events. 2018 will also see the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 take place in July, hosted for the first time in San Francisco. Capgemini will be a key sponsor of this separate World Cup event too.
 
In addition to its global support, Capgemini will bring its expertise and passion for innovation and technology to the series with a focus on enhancing the fan experience for current and future spectators. During the series, it will be providing fans with greater access to deeper insights into the game of Rugby Sevens, the players and the teams. Examples of innovations Capgemini will apply to further bring the experience to life for the fans, will include the use of data and infographics to augment the tournament experience in stadiums, on television and social, as well as a web series that will combine Capgemini’s insights on the game, presented by a rugby expert, to share a deeper perspective on key aspects such as the tactics, performance and fun!
 
Needed both on and off the pitch, key values that are shared by both Capgemini[1] and the sport include boldness, trust, team spirit, freedom and fun. As an innovative and likeminded partner, Capgemini will help World Rugby to grow Rugby Sevens’ global footprint and the profile of the sport.
 
Paul Hermelin, Chairman and CEO, Capgemini Group: “Our sponsorship of the Sevens Series combines perfectly our heritage with our global reach, in an innovative and inclusive way. It is the next chapter in the story of Capgemini’s support for rugby. We are looking forward to enabling our clients to discover this fast-moving format, and I know that many of Capgemini’s 200,000 strong team are excited about supporting and even playing Rugby Sevens in the months to come.”
 
Bill Beaumont, World Rugby Chairman: “We are delighted to be welcoming Capgemini to our growing and global commercial family for Men’s and Women’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018.”
 
Capgemini has been present in the world of rugby for 25 years through its support of French rugby clubs and, on a global level, as a sponsor of the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Its visionary founder, the late Serge Kampf, was a lifelong rugby fan and sponsor of the sport. He said, “Rugby is a team sport in which you can’t accomplish anything without the rest of your teammates.”
Mon 22nd January 18 :

RPA Partners with Canterbury

Canterbury of New Zealand has today been confirmed as the official teamwear partner of The Rugby Players' Association (RPA), signing a new multiyear deal.

The world's leading rugby brand will supply the RPA with highly functional team clothing for use across a range of different activities within the organisation, while also supporting the RPA's many player welfare initiatives and working closely with players to develop their boot and protection products.

Established in 1904, Canterbury has been involved in rugby for more than 75 years and currently supply kit to numerous high-profile national rugby teams, including the British & Irish Lions, England Rugby and Ireland Rugby, as well as leading clubs such as Leinster, NZ Warriors and Bath Rugby.

Simon Rowe of Canterbury, said: "We're delighted to be working with the RPA and this new relationship reinforces Canterbury's commitment to developing the game. We're excited by the opportunity to work with the players to better understand their needs and enhance their experiences in the game."

RPA Group CEO Damian Hopley, said: "It's fantastic to welcome Canterbury on board as a RPA partner and we are extremely proud to be forming this new relationship with such an iconic rugby brand. We are looking forward to working together to provide ongoing support to our members for years to come."

Wed 3rd January 18 :

Passing the ball at Rhino

Marcus Rule to succeed Andrew Moss as Chairman at leading rugby brand.

There has been a change of Chairman at Rhino, one of the world's fastest growing rugby brands. Former Aviva CEO Andrew Moss has handed over to IT entrepreneur Marcus Rule

Moss has held the role for over 5 years, during which time Rhino has undergone considerable transformation both in global reach and diversity of product offering. The group acquired Powa Products of New Zealand in 2012, concluded a licence with United World Sports of the US to cover the Americas in 2014 and last year signed a significant licensing deal with leading Japanese trading house Itochu for that market.

Rule followed a career in the City by founding Rule Financial in 1997 and grew the specialist banking IT group to a turnover of £60 million with 800 staff in 6 countries before selling it last year to the German business GFT.

Both men played in the front row for Oxford University – Moss as a hooker in the late 1970s and and Rule as a prop in the mid 1980s.

Comments Andrew Moss: "I have enjoyed my 5 years as Rhino Chairman enormously and feel we have made significant progress during that time towards being a leading global rugby brand with increasing geographical and product reach and I am excited by our prospects around Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan in particular. I am pleased to remain a significant shareholder and look forward to seeing Marcus take the group on to the next stage".

Comments Marcus Rule: "I am looking forward tremendously to the challenge of continuing Rhino's growth, and in particular as the group looks increasingly to growth markets in Asia and the Rugby World Cup in Japan in 2019".

Reg Clark, Group CEO commented: "On behalf of all Rhino's stakeholders I would like to sincerely thank Andrew for his tremendous efforts on behalf of the group. His Chairmanship has witnessed a rapid growth of our business, and tremendous progress on many fronts. I am also personally excited about the prospects of working with Marcus who has recently shown a remarkable record in building shareholder value in a growth business – he and Andrew apart from anything else also share a tremendous enthusiasm for the game and business of rugby. Passion for rugby at all levels from international to grass roots is an integral part of Rhino's brand DNA".

NatWest has today announced that it will sponsor the 2018 Six Nations Rugby Championship, which will be named NatWest Six Nations.

Previously sponsored by NatWest's parent brand RBS, the agreement extends RBS' partnership with Six Nations Rugby.

Welcoming the partnership, Six Nations Rugby CEO John Feehan said: "We are delighted to be announcing NatWest as Title Sponsor of the NatWest 6 Nations and the extension of our relationship with RBS. They have been excellent partners over the past 15 years and we know what an outstanding role they have played and will continue to play in the success of our Championship.

"I am sure it will be a wonderful event in 2018 with NatWest on board. They know how this great Championship works and there is no doubt that it is a very positive development for both us and for NatWest ahead of next season. We greatly look forward to it".

Commenting on the sponsorship, David Wheldon, Chief Marketing Officer at NatWest, said: "We have been title sponsors of the Six Nations for the last 15 years and are delighted to be renewing our sponsorship for a further year under our customer-facing NatWest brand.

"The 2018 NatWest 6 Nations will provide us with a platform to engage and build affinity with our customers and to offer our continued support to a sport with which we have had a long running and mutually beneficial relationship. The Six Nations also has a strong European reach where we also serve our customers through our NatWest brand."

NatWest has a strong rugby heritage and for the least five years has supported more than 700 community rugby clubs across England and Wales via NatWest RugbyForce. The 2018 Championship kicks off on 3 February 2018 with Wales hosting Scotland in the opening fixture at Principality Stadium.

Dragons are delighted to announce that Industrial Automation and Control Ltd (IAC) have furthered their sponsorship with the region, for the coming seasons.

The Queensway Meadows, Newport-based company will take pride of place on the Dragons home and away jerseys on the right hand side shoulder.

IAC is one of the leading industrial control systems integrators in the UK, with operations world-wide. The company operates from a modern facility in Newport, South Wales, employing over 65 people at this site and another 30 around the world.

Commenting on the new deal, IAC Ltd Marketing and HR Director Kath Lewis, said: "We are long term backers of the Dragons and are delighted to have been able to boost our support for the local team in this way.

"We actively support the Dragons and often entertain IAC Ltd's business guests from home and abroad at Dragon's games at Rodney Parade."

As well as featuring on the playing kit, IAC Ltd will sponsor newly signed South African International Zane Kirchner and Dragons stalwart Lewis Evans.

Dragons Commercial Sales Manager, Dai Jenkins added; "IAC have been a partner of the Dragons for many years.

"The company is an avid supporter of the Region and have a business in South Africa which works hand-in-hand with the expansion of the Guinness PRO14. It's a very exciting time for the company and we are delighted that they have chosen us to help promote their brand."

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