In exciting news for Rugby in Western Australia, Fortescue Metals Group have extended their strong support of rugby by announcing their partnership extension with RugbyWA for an additional three-years.
The partnership which started back in 2018 with the naming rights sponsor of the Men’s Senior Competition, has seen the relationship between Fortescue and RugbyWA strengthen over the years and is becoming synonymous with headlining the Premier Rugby competition in Western Australia.
The three-year partnership extension sees Fortescue cement its continued support for the WA Senior rugby community, including naming rights of the Men’s Premier Grade Competition with the inclusion of the naming rights for the Women’s competition and support for female pathways.
In an exciting addition to the partnership, Premier Grade teams will be playing in a re-branded competition, which is to be announced in the coming months.
RugbyWA CEO Nathan Charles is thrilled
“The support and willingness from Fortescue to expand into our Women’s game is a fantastic result, this will enable RugbyWA to invest more in the female game with the aim to increase the level of resourcing and support from Junior pathways through to the Senior Women’s competition,” he said.
“Fortescue’s long-standing relationship with RugbyWA is a testament to two organisations who share similar core values and goals and a fantastic time to have Fortescue on board as we celebrate our 130-year anniversary of Rugby in WA this year”
Fortescue Director Communities, Environment and Government Warren Fish said, “Fortescue is very pleased to continue our long-standing commitment to rugby union in Western Australia, via our sponsorship of RugbyWA.
“We are proud to help to build a talent pool of players and provide a pathway to the Western Force, while supporting the efforts of community volunteers and sports people who contribute to their local communities through sport.”
The Men’s and Women’s Fortescue Premier Grade continues to provide a pathway to the Western Force and Western Force Super W. Since 2006, 44 Men’s players have progressed from the top local competition to play for the Force, accounting for approximately 21 per cent of players that have worn the blue jersey. 100 percent of all Western Force Super W players have been selected from our Women’s competition.
Fortescue Senior rugby will return in March 2023 for what is a set to be a big year as RugbyWA celebrates 130 years of Rugby in Western Australia.