Mon 4th September 17 :

St.George and Queensland Reds to celebrate a decade of support after extending naming-rights partnership a further three years

 

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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