The Rugby Football Union (RFU) and the England Rugby Football Schools Union (ERFSU) have announced NatWest as the new official title partner of the Schools Cup. Previously the Daily Mail RBS Schools competition, the tournament will be solely sponsored by NatWest from the start of the upcoming 2013-14 season.

The newly-named NatWest Schools Cup will offer 1,000 teams across the country competing at Under 15 and Under 18 level a chance to play at Twickenham to win the sought-after trophies.

This year's final day attracted thousands of supporters to the home of England Rugby, with a further 58,000 watching on rfu.com.

Commenting on the agreement, the RFU's chief commercial officer Sophie Goldschmidt said: "The RFU are delighted to welcome NatWest on board as title partner of the Schools Cup and are excited about the new opportunities that this partnership will bring."

All schools that enter the competition play for a main cup and a vase for teams knocked out in the early rounds, both of which result in a final showdown at Twickenham.

Tim Stirk, ERFSU President added: "The Schools competition has fast become a pathway for young players up and down the country to play rugby in a competitive environment, testing themselves and their improvement against schools that they would not meet on their usual fixture list. It is also the showcase of the high standards achieved by schools in England."

You need only glance at the players who have passed through the Schools competition, including Chris Robshaw, Danny Care, Manu Tuilagi and Elliott Daly to see the impact the tournament can have on inspiring those players with aspirations to become professionals. This partnership commitment is another huge step forward for the competition and on behalf of the ERFSU, I am delighted to welcome NatWest."

Chris Long, senior sponsorship manager at NatWest, commented: "It's a fantastic competition and one that all school rugby players across England want to win. Alongside NatWest, Rugby Force, a community initiative that has provided support to over 1,000 local rugby clubs since 2009, this partnership further demonstrates our commitment to supporting grassroots rugby in the UK."

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