Lions looking for Super 14 Sponsor




South Africa’s last placed Super 14 team for the last two years, The Lions (Cats in 2006) have not yet secured a sponsor for the 2008 season and tournament starts a little over two months from now.

A report in Business Day says the Union admitted yesterday that their CFO Peet Buys and CEO Manie Reyneke had been “furiously” looking for sponsors for the last two months.

SANZAR who manage the Super 14 only pay for the teams’ plane tickets and accommodation throughout the series and it is up to the Union to pay their players and other expenses.

The cost of the Sponsorship for the year is said to be around the R10m for the year, not bad for a team that is improving under coach “Loffie” Eloff and in Currie Cup mode reached the final.

‘We are busy trying to secure a sponsor,’ said Buys to Business Day. ‘We have sent out proposals to companies. But we have not been able to secure anything yet.’

The past sponsor was South Africa Airways and that deal ran out after this year’s Super 14.

‘We knew the SAA sponsorship was only for three years,’ said Reyneke. ‘So we have been trying to negotiate a new sponsorship for the past few months.’

The Cats in 2006 won two matches and as the Lions in 2007 they won 5 matches. A big improvement.

The Lions first Super 14 match in 2008 is against the Cheetahs (a Currie Cup final rematch) in Bloemfontein on February 16.


Keep an eye out for who the Sponsor will be on that day.  

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