FNB logo will be added to Bok jersey

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Whether the Spring­boks’ com­pre­hen­sive 3-0 se­ries win over France had any­thing to do with it is a moot point, but FNB will join cel­lu­lar net­work gi­ant MTN as a sec­ond spon­sor on the Bok jersey.

The deal, which will run un­til af­ter the 2019 World Cup, will be an­nounced at Mon­te­casino to­mor­row, an official close to pro­ceed­ings said.

The con­tract will be worth R20 mil­lion a year to SA Rugby un­til 2020. Asked to com­ment, Andy Colquhoun, SA Rugby’s gen­eral man­ager of cor­po­rate af­fairs, was non­com­mit­tal: “We’ve got an an­nounce­ment on Mon­day, come along and see what it is.”

Cou­pled with MTN’s R50 mil­lion-a-year deal, which was con­cluded not long be­fore the Boks played their first game against France, to the point that the cell­phone net­work’s logo was hastily put in place the day be­fore the first test, FNB pushes the to­tal of the spon­sor­ship brands on the Bok shirt to R70 mil­lion a year.

With Absa said to have left a R90 mil­lion hole in the bud­get with its de­par­ture early last year, the amount is still a lit­tle short of what the Boks are ac­cus­tomed to, but it cer­tainly sug­gests that spon­sors again have faith in the Spring­bok brand.

In fact, SA Rugby ex­pects to make an­other an­nounce­ment of an as­so­ciate spon­sor dur­ing the week of the Spring­boks’ first Rugby Cham­pi­onship game of the sea­son against Ar­gentina in Port El­iz­a­beth in two weeks.

PHOTO: DEAAN VIVIER / PHOTO24

BIG MO­MENT SA Rugby boss Mark Alexan­der is ex­pected to an­nounce FNB as a new Spring­bok spon­sor

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