NRL lures sponsors

The National Rugby League has embarked on efforts to lure new sponsors for the 2014 season.

“The rugby clubs are definitely on the rise and we are expecting to rebrand the league and raise the number of participating teams in the league in the next few years. As of now we have more potential sponsors lined up for the 2014 Super Eight League,” said NRL president Nody Kanyangarara.

“If the Sables qualify for the 2015 World Cup in England, we will definitely see more development towards the country’s club rugby and more corporate sponsors coming on board.”

Meanwhile, Lowveld Country Club last Saturday got a glimpse of what is to come next year, after they were hammered 74-3 by Mutare Sports Club in a friendly match played here.

The friendly match against the Shumbas saw the launch of the Chiredzi-based team, which hopes to affiliate in the Harare Metro B League next year, reviving club rugby in the Lowveld region.

Kanyangarara said the spreading of the game to the Lowveld was a good development which would help lure more corporate sponsors.

With the 2013 NRL season about to end, MSC as the log leaders are most likely to go for the play-offs against the Matebeleland-Midlands winner for promotion to the Lions Lager Super Eight.

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