Wouldn’t it be nice: Rugby AU gets new jersey sponsor for Wallabies and Wallaroos

Rugby Australia have had a major boost, announcing Cadbury as a new sponsor for the Wallabies and Wallaroos. Rugby AU lost Qantas as a major sponsor of the Wallabies last year as the airline pulled back on all their sports partnerships due to the impact of COVID-19, and securing a replacement had been high on […]

Wouldn’t it be nice: Rugby AU gets new jersey sponsor for Wallabies and Wallaroos

Rugby Australia have had a major boost, announcing Cadbury as a new sponsor for the Wallabies and Wallaroos.

Rugby AU lost Qantas as a major sponsor of the Wallabies last year as the airline pulled back on all their sports partnerships due to the impact of COVID-19, and securing a replacement had been high on the organisation’s to-do list.

Cadbury’s partnership will see their logo splashed across the front of Wallabies jerseys for the next five years, and they will also have their branding on Wallaroos shorts.

The previous deal with Qantas, who also held naming rights for the Wallabies, is reported to have been worth around $5 million per year. It is not yet known how much the agreement with Cadbury is worth.

The announcement of the new sponsorship offered a glimpse of the new Wallabies jersey, which features a new shade of gold that will be permanently used for all future designs of the kit.

The colour was voted on earlier in the year, and is modelled on the strip worn by Nick Farr-Jones’ famous 1991 World Cup-winning side.

The new Wallabies jersey. (Image: Sam Bruce/Twitter)

“What a fantastic and proud day for Australian rugby,” Rugby AU CEO Andy Marinos said in announcing the sponsorship.

“We’re incredibly excited to partner up with the team at Cadbury, and to see the opportunities for us both over the coming years.

“From the alignment on values to their commitment to the development of women’s sport, as well as increasing the opportunities and profile of the game, this partnership will only further encourage the growth of our game across all levels.

“I look forward to seeing our partnership grow over the coming years and witnessing its positive impact on our community.”

Wallabies fans will first get to see the new partnership on the field when the side hosts France for a three-Test series in July, starting at the SCG on July 7, while the Wallaroos’ first match of the year is against Samoa in Brisbane ten days later.

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Reds rotate Super squad due to Petaia injury

Queensland Reds and Wallabies back Jordan Petaia is battling a thigh injury that will likely keeping him out of Super Rugby Trans-Tasman and cruel his chances of facing the French in three Tests later this year. Petaia left Saturday’s final in the second half because of the injury as the Reds beat the Brumbies 19-16 […]

Reds rotate Super squad due to Petaia injury

Queensland Reds and Wallabies back Jordan Petaia is battling a thigh injury that will likely keeping him out of Super Rugby Trans-Tasman and cruel his chances of facing the French in three Tests later this year.

Petaia left Saturday’s final in the second half because of the injury as the Reds beat the Brumbies 19-16 thanks to a dramatic injury-time James O’Connor try.

Still just 21, the winger or centre’s Australia rugby rise has been stunted by significant foot, shoulder and hip injuries and Reds coach Brad Thorn admitted on Wednesday he was set for more time on the sidelines.

“He’s got a solid strain to his quad or thigh and could be around six weeks,” Thorn said.

“It’s a bit of a loss for us but these things happen from time to time.”

The Reds’ final Super Rugby Trans-Tasman round robin game is on June 11, the stand alone final on June 19 and the Wallabies’ first Test against the French at the SCG on July 7.

Petaia, Harry Wilson (concussion) and Alex Mafi (concussion) were casualties of the side’s grand final win while halfback Tate McDermott has been rested for Friday’s Trans-Tasman opener against the Highlanders in Dunedin.

Regular starters Taniela Tupou, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto and Fraser McReight will come off the bench while Suliasi Vunivalu returns from injury off the bench and 19-year-old halfback Kalani Thomas will start against childhood hero Aaron Smith.

Thorn hopes to have Hunter Paisami back for next week’s home clash against the Crusaders.

The top two sides of the five-game round robin competition will contest the final, the Reds slated behind all five New Zealand outfits with bookies to win the tournament.

“Look at those odds … it’s our job to change that because we like to think we’ve got some good stuff going on too,” Thorn said.

“We know we won’t be highly rated in New Zealand, but that’s our bread and butter.

“It’s a little bit of extra salt and pepper on the meal but we’re just a positive group that wants to get better.”

James O’Connor and Liam Wright will share the captaincy after O’Connor had the honour and Wright started on the bench in Saturday’s decider.

QUEENSLAND: Bryce Hegarty, Filipo Daugunu, Josh Flook, Hamish Stewart, Jock Campbell, James O’Connor, Kalani Thomas, Seru Uru, Liam Wright, Angus Scott-Young, Ryan Smith, Feao Fotuaika, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Dane Zander. Reserves: Josh Nasser, Harry Hoopert, Taniela Tupou, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Fraser McReight, Moses Sorovi, Isaac Henry, Suliasi Vunivalu.

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