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Rugby gets a boost


Societe Generale partners with Rugby India

Mumbai : Rugby, one of the fastest growing sports in India, received a boost with French financial services major Societe Generale announcing partnership with Rugby India. Societe Generale comes on board as the ‘Financial Partner of Rugby India’ and ‘Title Sponsor of the Indian National Rugby Sevens Team’ across all categories.

This announcement was made by Evelyne Collin, Chief Executive and Country Officer, Societe Generale India, at the launch event at the Bombay Gymkhana, one of the homes to Indian rugby, on Thursday. Also present at the function was Mahesh Mathai, Secretary General, Rugby India; Aga Hussain – Senior Vice President, Rugby India and Vice President, Asia Rugby, besides Rahul Bose, rugby player and actor.

Addressing media persons, Collin said “Societe Generale has been sponsoring rugby for over 30 years. Our association with Rugby India is our corporate responsibility. Societe Generale and Rugby share a common vision to train, develop and groom the potential sports talent from the grassroots in the country, especially at locations where resources are limited”.

Aga Hussain, mentioned that with such support and financial baking Indian rugby is set to grow bigger. “It is extremely encouraging to see the growth of rugby in India. Partnership with international brands like Societe Generale and PUMA will serve as a platform for the sport to reach out to the countries large diverse population,” he said.

Rahul Bose, actor, philanthropist and an avid Rugby player in the Indian National Rugby Team said “I am thrilled that Societe Generale, has come on board to support Rugby in India. This is also the first time, that a corporate is investing in the Get Into Rugby program which will look at harnessing talent from the grassroots. With the inclusion of Rugby in Olympics, this association has come at right time.”

 Rugby India General Manager Nasser Hussain said, “We wish to thank Societe Generale for their support. I am confident that the shared core values of Societe Generale and Indian Rugby will ensure that this partnership thrives and benefits to 1,00,000 students by 2018 across 21 states.”

The association will jointly work for:   National-level tournaments (Rugby Sevens, Under-19, 17, 14) Get Into Rugby (grassroots-level children) Training and education workshops (physical trainers and sports teachers) School games – national and state orientation programme