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Queensland Reds land Santos as back-of-shirt sponsor

Matt McGahan of the Reds passes the ball during the round 17 Super Rugby match between the Reds and the Blues (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Australian natural gas company Santos has agreed a deal to become the back-of-shirt sponsor of the Queensland Reds Super Rugby franchise.

Santos’ four-year deal with the Queensland Rugby Union also includes sponsorship of the Reds’ women’s Super W team.

Santos’ logo will appear on the top-back of the Reds’ playing and training jerseys as part of the agreement. The company will also hold naming rights to QRU’s Rookies2Reds programme and the Super 6 Schools competition.

Santos managing director and chief executive Kevin Gallagher said: “We have enduring relationships with a number of rural and regional rugby teams and competitions across the country and this is a fantastic opportunity to support grassroots sports programmes that can have such positive impacts in local communities.

“QRU’s initiatives are aligned with our community investment objectives, promoting healthy living through sport, alleviating social isolation and supporting regional and Indigenous communities through education and engagement programmes.”