Buildcorp backs ‘Super W’ as ground-breaking draw is released
Budding Super W players Emily Robinson, Mollie Gray and Olivia Brooks with Buildcorp’s Josephine Sukkar AM and new Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle – Photo: RUGBY.com.au / Karen Watson
Buildcorp has been confirmed as the official naming rights partner of the inaugural Buildcorp Super W, which will kick-off with a double-header at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday, March 10th.
One of Rugby Australia’s longest serving partners, the family owned Sydney-based construction firm has been a terrific supporter of rugby in this country at all levels for many years, putting their weight behind the Buildcorp Wallaroos, Sydney University and the University of Queensland’s Rugby clubs, as well as kick-starting the National Rugby Championship with a three-year sponsorship.
Their signing off today on a multi-year partnership will be a significant boost to the ground-breaking national women’s XVs competition, and they will also continue as naming rights partner of the Wallaroos, cementing their position as the number one supporter of women’s XVs Rugby in the country. The Buildcorp logo will be adorned across all Buildcorp Super W team jerseys, as well ground signage on match day.
“We have always believed that to build a successful business we have to focus on strengthening the ‘base of the pyramid’,” said Buildcorp co-owner Josephine Sukkar AM. “That is, bringing into the organisation young people with aligned values, who can be developed into strong leaders.
”Our major sponsorship investment over the last 27 years always has been, and still is in men’s and women’s club Rugby. We are extending our support of the women’s game to connect a player pipeline from club to the national level. This fills an existing gap and ensures that, like Buildcorp, Australian Rugby is structured to provide the same opportunities for women and men.
“That is, the opportunity for participation, development and promotion regardless of age, gender or culture.”
The Buildcorp Super W competition gets underway on March 10th with Queensland Women hosting NSW Women in a double-header, alongside the Vodafone Super Rugby clash between the Queensland Reds and South Africa’s Bulls, at Suncorp Stadium.
It will be the first of five-double headers spread throughout the inaugural season, putting Buildcorp Super W’s stars on equal footing with their male, Vodafone Super Rugby counterparts.
In other exciting news, FoxSports has announced that all matches will be broadcast via FoxSports channels, with one game per round also streamed LIVE on http://www.rugby.com.au
Buildcorp Super W is the second national Women’s Competition to be launched in the past year by Rugby Australia, after the successful first season of the Aon University Sevens Series that was held from August to September, 2017.
2018 BUILDCORP SUPER W DRAW (all times are local)
Queensland Women v NSW Women
Saturday 10 March, 4.00pm, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Western Force Women v Melbourne Rebels Women
Sunday 11 March, 3.00pm, Cottesloe Rugby Club, Perth
Brumbies Women v Queensland Women
Saturday 17 March, 5.00pm GIO Stadium, Canberra
NSW Women v Western Force Women
Sunday 18 March, 1.30pm Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Melbourne Rebels Women BYE
NSW Women v Brumbies Women
3.00pm, Saturday 24 March, 3.00pm, Warringah Rugby Park, Sydney
Queensland Women v Melbourne Rebels Women
1.30pm, Sunday 25 March, Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane
Western Force Women BYE
Melbourne Rebels Women v Brumbies Women
Friday 30 March, 5.00pm, AAMI Park, Melbourne
Western Force Women v Queensland Women
Saturday 31 March, 3.00pm Kingsway Sporting Complex
NSW Women BYE
Melbourne Rebels Women v NSW Women
Saturday 7 April, 3.00pm, Box Hill Rugby Club,
Melbourne Brumbies Women v Western Force Women
Saturday 7 April, 5.00pm GIO Stadium, Canberra
Queensland Women BYE
The Buildcorp Super W Final will be played the weekend of 20 April to accommodate a break for Rugby Sevens at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.