Cape Town - South African Breweries (SAB)
has renewed its sponsorships with SA Rugby for another five years, extending
the popular Castle Lager brand’s association with rugby to 23 years.
The partnership ensures Castle
Lager remains the title sponsor of the incoming series – this year a
mouth-watering three-Test series against Ireland in June - as well as of the
Castle Lager Rugby Championship and the Castle Lager Outgoing Tour. They are
also an associate sponsor of the Vodacom Super Rugby competition.
“SAB has been a loyal partner
to SA Rugby dating back to the days when rugby was an amateur sport, so it
gives me great pleasure to continue our association with them,” said Jurie
Roux, CEO of SA Rugby.
“Their commitment to rugby and
sport in general in South Africa is commendable, and it has certainly been a
mutually beneficial relationship for both organisations over the years.
“SAB, through its various
brands, has promoted nation-building in sport, and particularly in rugby -
something we feel equally strongly about, and rugby has delivered in sporting
highlights since democracy came to South Africa.
“We look forward to another
fruitful five years with them as partners.”
Nic Scheijde, Castle Lager
General Manager, was equally delighted with the renewal and said it reinforced
SAB and Castle’s commitment to the sportsmen and woman of South Africa and the
fans that support our teams.
“Castle Lager has become
synonymous with Springbok rugby over the years,” said Scheijde.
“When the Springboks play live
or on TV it is where good beer, good friends and good times come together with
Castle Lager and we are pleased to have secured the rights to this wonderful
South African ritual for the next five years.”
SAB’s founding brand, Castle
Lager, began its association with SA Rugby and the Springboks in 1997 when it
took over from another popular SAB brand, Lion Lager. In 2000 SAB signed a
four-year co-sponsorship deal which saw Castle Lager take over as the Springbok
The brand later signed a contract in 2011 as the
title sponsor for the then Tri-Nations, now the Rugby Championship, and the
Springboks’ incoming and overseas tours, traditionally in June and November