Vodacom to pull sponsorships?
Bloemfontein - Free State and Western Province may soon be looking for new sponsors and the Blue Bulls may find themselves in a similar position next year.
Even the continued existence of the Vodacom Cup is in jeopardy as Vodacom apparently intend budgeting for the planned Four Nations and enlarged Super 15.
Argentina will compete with the Springboks, Australia and New Zealand in an enlarged Four Nations.
Negotiations between the cellular phone giant, Free State and WP are at a very sensitive stage and the sponsor is apparently biding its time to see what the South African Rugby Union (SARU) is planning for the Four Nations and Super 15.
Vodacom have apparently indicated to Free State and WP, with whom their sponsorship deals expire in 2010, that they still want the final say on possibly extending the contracts.
The two unions are also being allowed to seek new sponsors.
Free State and WP denied on Wednesday that their sponsorships of several million rands will not be renewed.
Free State president Harold Verster said that Vodacom “are still considering the sponsorships and we will know in time”.