Santos is the latest company to support Australian Women’s Rugby.
Santos is signing on as an official partner of the Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens team in their quest for back-to-back Olympic Gold next year in Tokyo as well as Australia’s World Cup hopefuls, the Buildcorp Wallaroos.
The agreement confirmed between Rugby Australia and Santos sees the proudly Australian natural gas company become the official oil and gas exploration and production partner of the Buildcorp Wallaroos and Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens teams for the next three years.
The Santos logo will be emblazoned on the shorts of both teams as well on the sleeve of the team polos. It will be first seen when the Aussie Sevens hit round two of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Dubai that kicked off on Thursday evening.
Santos’ support sees them cover both Australia’s elite Women’s Rugby teams that compete in the pinnacle global Rugby tournaments, the HSBC Women’s Sevens World Series and the Rugby World Cup.
Santos has also confirmed that Aussie Sevens star, Charlotte Caslick will become an ambassador for the Australian company.
Rugby Australia Chief Commercial Officer, Cam Murray said: “We’re proud to welcome Santos to the Rugby Australia family and it’s great to be bringing together two outstanding Australian brands.
“This partnership will be incredibly beneficial for our Australian Women’s Sevens and Wallaroos programs and the connections between the two brands run deep. Both pride themselves on their service to Australia and performance, tenacity and precision permeates everything they do.
“Today’s announcement is just the beginning of this partnership, and we are looking forward to working with Santos to build a long and successful relationship that benefits both organisations and the communities that we reach together."
Santos Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Gallagher said: “We are delighted to become a major supporter of the hugely successful Australian Women’s Sevens team and the Buildcorp Wallaroos.
“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.
“For 65 years, Santos has been working in partnership with local communities, providing jobs and business opportunities, safely and sustainably developing Australia’s natural gas resources.
“We’re passionate about promoting women’s sport, recently providing additional investment to elevate the professional ranking of the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under and ensure all four stages of the cycling race are broadcast.”
Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens player, Charlotte Caslick said: “As a proud Aussie, it’s great to be representing an Australian company that first started over 60 years ago in the Outback.
“For Santos to be supporting the Aussie Sevens and the Wallaroos is a testament to the hard work both teams are putting in on the World stage and shows how far Women’s Rugby has come.”