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By ARU Media Unit
The Australian Rugby Union has announced Allianz Australia as an official competition partner of the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship and official NRC Referees Partner.
The three-year agreement, which lasts until the end of the 2016 season, will see the Allianz logo appear on the front jersey of each referee officiating a match in the competition.
Allianz Insurance joins a strong competition partner roster that includes Buildcorp as Naming Rights Partner for the National Rugby Championship, FOX SPORTS, ASICS, Gilbert, Qantas and the Intercontinental Hotel Group.
Paul Kernaghan, Allianz’s Chief Market Manager said, "We are proud to become an official competition partner of the Buildcorp NRC. The competition's innovative approach to making the game more attractive to the fans and the support for emerging talent aligns with Allianz’s ideals of continuous renewal and improvement."
Andrew Fagan, General Manager, National Teams and Rugby Operations at the Australian Rugby Union, said: “We are delighted to welcome Allianz on board as one of our valued competition partners for the Buildcorp NRC.
A host of other law interpretation changes will be trialled in the 2014 Buildcorp NRC, all of which have the underlying aim of enhancing exciting play and reducing stoppages, while maintaining the fabric of the game (see attached factsheet for more detail).
The nine teams competing in the inaugural Buildcorp NRC will be: Brisbane City, Bond University Queensland Country, Macquarie University North Harbour Rays, Sydney Stars, People Culture Strategies, Greater Sydney Rams, Charles Sturt University NSW Country Eagles, University of Canberra Vikings, Melbourne Rising and Property Club Perth Spirit.