Fortescue-RugbyWA Partnership Forged in Loyalty

Fortescue Metals Group (Fortescue) has increased its longstanding support of rugby union in Western Australia by becoming Naming Rights Partner of the RugbyWA senior rugby competition for the next three seasons.

Fortescue Senior Rugby will include all senior men’s grades including the top-flight Fortescue Premier Grade and the Alcohol.Think Again Women’s Premier Grade competition.

The sponsorship is a huge boost to rugby in Western Australia and strengthens the code at a time when RugbyWA has embarked on a new era with a revamped local structure designed to benefit both clubs and players.

RugbyWA CEO Bob Hunter said it is incredible for senior rugby to have the backing of such a prominent and proud Western Australian company for the next three years.

“This partnership is a fantastic one for rugby in Western Australia and matches the new competition format for senior club rugby,” he said.

“Our game will benefit greatly from the support of Fortescue, an iconic West Australian company that is known for challenging the norms, and excellence in performance.

Fortescue has a longstanding association with rugby in Western Australia, including the sponsorship of the famous Western Force No. 7 jersey worn by club legend Matt Hodgson for the last four years.

CEO Elizabeth Gaines said Fortescue was pleased to increase its support of the community rugby program to naming rights level, in line with the company’s commitment to ensure communities benefit from its growth and development.

“Through this sponsorship, we are not only helping to build a talent pool of players for the Western Force but also supporting the efforts of community volunteers and sportspeople who contribute to the strength, resilience and diversity of our communities through sport,” Ms Gaines said.

The Fortescue Premier Grade will continue to provide a pathway to the Western Force. Since 2006, 30 players have progressed from the top local competition to play for the Force, accounting for close to 20% of players that have worn the blue jersey.

Fortescue Senior Rugby continues this weekend with Fortescue Premier Grade, Reserve Grade, Third Grade, and Community Grade all in action.

To find out more about Fortescue, visit www.fmgl.com.au .