Wallabies lock in Test match sponsor

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by Beth Newman

Rugby Australia has locked in real estate developer Mitsubishi Estate as naming rights sponsor for all Wallabies Tests in Australia in 2018 and 2019.

The Japanese company, which is the naming rights sponsor for Super Rugby in Japan, has also signed on as a sponsor of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

This will be the first time since 2014 that an Australian June Series has had a naming rights sponsor, with even England in 2016 failing to garner that attention.

Rugby AU CEO Raelene Castle said it was a welcome boost to sign Mitsubishi Estate.

"We are incredibly proud to have Mitsubishi Estate come on board as our Test match naming rights partner and official real estate developer for the next two years," she said.

Mitsubishi Estate will becoming the naming rights sponsor for Wallabies home Tests. Photo: Getty Images“The Mitsubishi Estate Group has recently expanded its operations into the Australian market, partnering on the development of some of the largest residential buildings in the country.

“Mitsubishi Estate has aligned with Rugby through a shared set of values and we are delighted that they have chosen to partner with Australian Rugby and the Wallabies on top of their recently-announced partnerships with Super Rugby and Rugby World Cup 2019.”

Mitsubishi Estate President and CEO Junichi Yoshida said the company was pleased to be a part of the Wallabies and Rugby Australia.

“It is a great honour to be the Test naming rights partner of all 2018 and 2019 Test Matches hosted by the Wallabies," he said.

"We look forward to contributing to their success and enhancing the excitement of the Mitsubishi Estate Ireland Series and the Mitsubishi Estate Rugby Championship together with rugby fans all over the world, participating players, and officials.”

The Wallabies take on Ireland in the June Series, kicking off on Saturday June 9 at Suncorp Stadium, at 8pm AEST. Buy tickets here.