Rugby sponsors jump ship

2010-10-27 07:50

Stephen Nell

Cape Town - With the end of the local rugby season in sight there is still no clarity about who will be the new main sponsors of Western Province and Free State Cheetahs next year.

Vodacom’s sponsorship of both unions is running out, while the Sharks also announced on Tuesday that Absa decided to end an association of 11 years as stadium naming rights-holder.

This means that the Shark Tank will be the Absa Stadium for the last time in Saturday’s Currie Cup final between the Sharks and WP.

“The termination of the sponsorship means that The Sharks will now be in the hunt to find a new sponsor ahead of next year’s Super Rugby Tournament,” the Sharks said in a statement.

Sport24 understands the decision on the stadium sponsorship points to a shift in emphasis in Absa’s strategy with regards to sponsorships. Absa are going to sponsor the Springboks from next year, while they also sponsor the Currie Cup competition.

Meanwhile, Free State Rugby Union president Harold Verster told Sport24 that they are close to finalising a new sponsor.

“It’s just about finalised, but still confidential,” said Verster.

He also emphasised that it was difficult to obtain sponsorship in the current market.

“There are a number of renewals in the market. The economy is tough and companies also invested a lot of money in soccer.”

Meanwhile, the Cape rugby community is looking forward to the unveiling of a new sponsorship at the Stormers and WP. Rob Wagner, managing director of WP Rugby (Pty) Ltd, did not return calls on the issue on Tuesday.

While there have been rumours of companies that WP have been negotiating with, no announcement has been forthcoming.

However, WP Rugby (Pty) Ltd board chairperson Pat Kuhn said that he was positive that good news was around the corner.

“We’re busy with it, but nothing has been finalised. We’re confident that things will happen,” said Kuhn.


  • Chris in Oz - 2010-10-27 08:20

    Oh PLEASE don't let it be Blapsa. I would hate to see WP with a big red racist sign on their chests.

  • e - 2010-10-27 08:30

    ABSA sucks!

  • greg - 2010-10-27 08:31

    Blame Absa Blame BEE Blame Juju Blame ZEE

  • Totman - 2010-10-27 08:38

    .....and there you have it. ABSA is out of sponsorship where development happens and aim for the big score.[Springboks]

  • JR - 2010-10-27 08:42

    Now here we go 1. We are going to boycott Absa because they stopped sponsoring the Sharks’ Stadium; 2. We are going to boycott Vodacom because they stopped sponsoring WP and the Cheetahs; 3. We are going to boycott Standard Bank because they retrenched 3000 of their staff; 4. We are just going to boycott everything; 5. We are off to Oz.

  • THE MAN - 2010-10-27 08:54

    tokyo sexwales should open his pockets and sponsor these companies, it will be good for the mother organisation.... then we will be in control of the lions, the cheetahs and WP...then just the bulls that we need to obtain

  • The Captain - 2010-10-27 09:11

    WP should get sponsored by Viagra, so that they can rise to the occasion of a final instead of falling over like toy dolls

  • Durbsviking - 2010-10-27 09:23

    Ok - so where is Mr Wee Pee now. He was so bl##dy big mouth yesterday about the #bs@ stadium sponsorship, what does he have to say about Western Province. See, sponsors come and go, everywhere, but Wee Pee spouted on yesterday so it would be nice to see his opinion now.

  • Andrew - 2010-10-27 09:27

    Good. I've always hated the fact that my beloved Stormers are sponsored by the same company who sponsor those twats from Pretoria and their backward fans.

  • BevL - 2010-10-27 09:28

    Yay. We can call is Kings Park Stadium again.

  • Scaramouche - 2010-10-27 09:28

    Tassenberg WP?

  • Johann Burger - 2010-10-27 09:28

    Kan jy nou meer. So 'n paar weke gelede was ABSA hoogs ontstoke oor die arme nie-wit spelers wat dan nou so afgedruk word deur die gebrek aan ontwikkeling vir voorheen benadeelde spelers. Ek hoop van harte ons kan 'n helium maatskappy kry om rugby te borg van nou af, aangesien dit sekerlik die enigste manier is om die klomp aan te spoor tot groter hoogtes. Net die toekoms sal ons kan vertel hoeveel wit spelers dit tot in die Springbok span gaan maak. Daar is baie ander lande wat maar te graag wit spelers uit Suid Afrika die kans sal gee om hul truie oor die kop te trek.Groetnis ou Snorre

  • Johann - 2010-10-27 09:33

    This just in. Virgin Active sponsor for Cheetahs, Virgin Mobile for WeePee. I&J sponsor for Kings Park, henceforth known as the Pilchard Can!

  • Dragonpig - 2010-10-27 09:49

    Johann, that was dumb.

  • dave - 2010-10-27 09:49

    i geuss they saving their money to rather sponsor the BOKS

  • Jim - 2010-10-27 10:02

    Good riddance to ABSA. Welcome back Kings Park.

  • The Captain - 2010-10-27 10:04

    WP should definitely be sponsored by Tassenberg, so their fans can remain pissed, cos that's the only way they will be happy, or they could be sponsored by a dental services company so at least their fans can get some front teeth.

  • Pieter - 2010-10-27 10:12

    @andrew. Djy, vat djou papsak en vrot snoek en gaat suip verder,djou, na@i.

  • Hentie - 2010-10-27 10:19

    LG to sponsor Cheetahs

  • Suke - 2010-10-27 10:19

    Y not leave the rugby alone ? The rugby teams have more players of colour than Bafana Bafana O no wait they have one and he has yet to play for the national side ? Just wondering.

  • Pieter - 2010-10-27 10:20

    "Son" vir die WP - is mos Nasionale Pers/Media 24 wat ini kaap gesetel is en hul lesers ook is.Is al wat hul kan lees en die taal wat hul van hou. WP, jou lekker ding! Dis mos duidelik.

  • sylverstar - 2010-10-27 10:23

    Good bye ABSA - CHEERIO............... we'll get a much better sponsor - so............ Kings Park will allways surely be the real home of Natal Rugby. My bank account too, will have to go to a new home somewhere I do not know - BUT - I will find one - never fear somewhere where the Shark Tank's NEAR Some place where the new sponser goes and leads little Sharkies into high Shark gear SO long ABSA off you go YO HO HO and CHEERIO

  • DW - 2010-10-27 10:38

    Watch this space. What's the bet Standard Prank will use the money they saved by retrenching staff to take over the sponsorship - I mean really, lets use the money wisely!

  • WP fan - 2010-10-27 10:42

    @Captian...Jou mas se Tasseneberg!!! tsek!!! en ek sal jou tanne vi jou uit slaan met a papsnoek jou vark!!!

  • JJ - 2010-10-27 10:57

    Please take take the emotion away. All these posters claiming to move from ABSA must be the few who have no mortgage, no HP, no OD with ABSA. Easier said than done. And where do you take your business? A week ago you were dissing Std Bank because they are retrenching.

  • Skak Booger - 2010-10-27 11:18

    Chicken Licken to sponsor WP. CHICKENS!!!

  • @ Skak Booger - 2010-10-27 11:54

    jy's seker 'n BULLS FAN...wat doen 'n Bulls supporter as hy die currie cup gewen het??? Hy sit die Playstation af!! ha ha id10t probleem ne??

  • DJ - 2010-10-27 12:03

    ABSA abbreviation : Arrogant Bastards Stuffing-up Athletes

  • Siouxchief - 2010-10-27 14:23

    A well disguised ploy by the anc deployed cadres in business and city council to force the Sharks from "KIngs Park" to "moses madiba" stadium

  • @the man - 2010-10-27 15:13

    Who is "we"? Maybe you should just stick to stealing money, it's the only thing that "you" seem to be any good at.

  • strider - 2010-10-27 15:36

    Phizer Park (Natal), Nampak Newlands, Pick n Pay Park (cheetas) and Lil-lets loftus

  • nuts2839 - 2010-10-27 16:55

    I fully agree with siouchief - it was my immediate reaction.

  • Chrissie - 2010-10-27 17:28

    I liked Wilde Klawer (Griekwas) - I actually made a point of buying them. A lovely crsip sweet red onion. It would be nice if each region could be sponsored by an 'indigenous' company and not a national company. Toyota is manufactired in Durban, Volkswagen in PE, Distell in the Cape,

  • BLOUBOK - 2010-10-27 21:06

    Yes, and while Freestate are waiting to finalise their deal with a new sponsor, why not s****Griquas and the Griffons in the mean time for their little bit of money!!!!!!

  • Go Black - 2010-10-27 22:17

    Strider you must be my wife you read my mind

  • Shorts - 2010-10-27 22:35

    True Springbok supporters want absalutely nothing to do with ABSA. This organisation should rather stick to sponsoring the ANCYL. Leave our 'Boks' alone. I will never be seen in a rugby jersey with this organisation's logo anywhere on it. I have plenty of the old ones that ' will stand the test of time ' !!!

  • Caesar@THE MAN - 2010-10-28 06:54

    Go man, take em all, buddy. Then you see how my All Blacks blixasem them all in the supa 15 series. But ag plees take the bulle losers too.

  • Gabba - 2010-10-28 12:02

    Lekker ja. After the final it will be more harder for them to find a new sponsor as no one wants to sponsor a loosing team. In the Cape we have Oceanbasket, Fishaways, Cape Town Fish Market as well as Sharkaways ect.

  • Marius - 2010-10-28 16:57

    This means EP Kings will take the Currie Cup next year, because half the Cheetahs and WP players will be playing for us. We have their sponsor and if we need more money our sponsor will just raise your taxes a bit more. The only problem is that Zuma and Malema might have to take a bit of a salary cut to channel more money to EP. And please to WP, your players are welcome, but for heavens sake keep Allister Coetzee in Cape Town We definitely don't want him back in PE.

  • Andy from OZ - 2010-11-06 15:28

    Kings Park will always be Kings Park. Sposors keep coming and going. The stadium is KINGS PARK sponsored by.........

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