Santos signs long-term partnership with Queensland Rugby Union

Fri, Oct 11, 2019, 3:30 AM
Reds Media Unit
by Reds Media Unit
Liam Wright showing off the new 2020 St.George Queensland Reds jersey. Photo: QRU/Brendan Hertel
Liam Wright showing off the new 2020 St.George Queensland Reds jersey. Photo: QRU/Brendan Hertel

The Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) has today announced a new sponsorship with Australian natural gas company Santos for the next four years.

The long-term partnership will see Santos become an elite sponsor of the QRU with the Santos logo on the top-back of the playing and training jerseys for the St.George Queensland Reds Super Rugby and Super W teams. 

Santos will also be the naming rights sponsor for the QRU’s Rookies2Reds program and the Super 6 Schools competition, as they look to support the growth of Rugby for both boys and girls in Queensland from grassroots, into schools and through to the elite level. 

QRU CEO David Hanham said: “This is the start of what will become a successful partnership with Santos, who are right behind our vision and strategy to invest in ensuring Queenslanders enjoy a lifelong connection with Rugby.

“This is a significant sponsorship between the Queensland Rugby Union and Santos over the next four years.

“Much like us, Santos has a large footprint across the state and it’s important we continue to invest across our Queensland communities. 

“Santos recognises the potential in this team for the future following 10 Reds players recently re-committing to Queensland on long-term deals,” said Hanham. 

Santos Managing Director and CEO Kevin Gallagher said the company was excited to support the QRU across their elite level and grassroots activities, building on its long association with the game in rural and regional Australia.

“Santos has been operating in Queensland for more than 50 years and is committed to making a positive social contribution to the communities where we operate,” Mr Gallagher said.

“We have enduring relationships with a number of rural and regional Rugby teams and competitions across the country and this is a fantastic opportunity to support grassroots sports programs that can have such positive impacts in local communities.

“QRU’s initiatives are aligned with our community investment objectives, promoting healthy living through sport, alleviating social isolation and supporting regional and Indigenous communities through education and engagement programs.”

A proudly Australian company, Santos is a leading supplier of natural gas, a fuel for the future providing cleaner energy to improve the lives of people in Australia and Asia.

Santos has been safely and sustainably developing natural gas in rural and regional Queensland for more than 50 years, working in partnership with local communities, and providing jobs and small business opportunities.

Santos has long been a supporter of grassroots Rugby teams and competitions in the Maranoa and Gladstone regions, as well as Narrabri in New South Wales, and in the Northern Territory, where it brings communities together, promotes healthy living through sport and alleviates the social isolation sometimes experienced in rural and remote areas.