Land Rover announces today its sponsorship of Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand and Rugby World Cup 2015 in England extending the company’s strong association with the game. In recent years Land Rover has enhanced its role of Official Vehicle of England Rugby, Premiership Rugby and the UK’s Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup with the additional sponsorship of the last three British and Irish Lions Tours to Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, as well as the forthcoming sponsorship of the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens next month. Land Rover is also a sponsor of the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens tournament in December which kicks off the 2010/2011 HSBC Sevens World Series competition.
Land Rover will be an Official Sponsor and Official Vehicle of next year’s highly anticipated Tournament in New Zealand which will be attended by over 1.6 million spectators and watched by a global TV audience of well over 4 billion in more than 200 countries. As part of the deal for both tournaments Land Rover will supply vehicles to support the organisers, teams and officials. It is the first time that the leading car manufacturer has been involved with rugby’s showcase tournament. John Edwards, Global Brand Director, Land Rover, said, 'Today’s announcement marks a significant development in the partnership between Land Rover and rugby. The company is proud of its ongoing support of the sport from a grassroots level to the world class game and it is fitting that the world’s finest all-terrain vehicles, sold in over 160 markets worldwide, are now supporting the world’s ultimate rugby competition. The International Olympic Committee’s decision to include Rugby in the Olympic Games from 2016 will have a hugely significant impact on the growth of the sport in emerging rugby markets such as America, China and Asia. This growth offers Land Rover a fantastic opportunity to further engage with our customers, and general sports fans across the globe.'
Rugby World Cup Limited Chairman Bernard Lapasset said, 'We are delighted to be welcoming Land Rover to the Rugby World Cup family. This long-term partnership with one of the world’s most recognisable brands further enhances the enormous prestige and attraction of Rugby World Cup in the global market place. Land Rover is a true champion of rugby from community to elite level and we look forward to working closely with Land Rover to help promote rugby around the world across the two tournaments. Together we can reach out to new communities and audiences around the world.'
Former New Zealand Rugby International Zinzan Brooke, who was present at today’s announcement, said, 'The whole of New Zealand is ready and waiting for the Rugby World Cup to start. I am confident it will be a tremendous tournament hosted by millions of friendly, rugby mad New Zealanders. Our country is such a diverse, beautiful, and in places, rugged landscape that it is great news for the tournament to partner with a prestigious and tough brand as Land Rover.'
John Edwards continued, 'Today, we are also thrilled to be confirmed as a top-level Worldwide Partner and Official Vehicle for Rugby World Cup 2015. Land Rover has been a long term investor in the development of the sport in the UK, so we are extremely excited to be furthering our association to the very highest level when the Tournament returns to England. Through the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup which involves over 7,000 children each season, Land Rover in the UK is helping to encourage the budding stars of the future. Who knows, maybe some of them will have the privilege of playing in the tournament in 2015?'