Shop N Save supermarket acquires naming rights to Super Rugby Pacific

Leading local chain Shop N Save Supermarket is the new naming rights sponsor of the Super Rugby Pacific competition for the 2023 season, and the deal marks one of the company’s largest investments in the sport.

Leading local chain Shop N Save Supermarket is the new naming rights sponsor of the Super Rugby Pacific competition for the 2023 season, and the deal marks one of the company’s largest investments in the sport.

The sponsorship means the competition will now be called Shop and save Super Rugby Pacific in the territory of Fiji next season. The supermarket giants also renewed their partnership with Swire Shipping Fijian Drua for a further three-year term.

Today’s announcement follows the launch of the Shop N Save Super Rugby Pacific draw yesterday in Fiji, Australia and New Zealand. The draw confirmed six home games in Fiji, with the Drua revealing the venues for all six matches today.

Speaking at the sponsorship announcement in Suva, Fijian Drua CEO Brian Thorburn said: “This is one of our most significant sponsorship announcements to date, and we are honored that Shop N Save Supermarket is raising its support for both Swire Shipping Fijian Drua as to Fijian Rugby.

The prominence of taking over the Shop N Save Super Rugby Pacific naming rights and the importance of their investment cannot be stressed enough – it is a huge boost for the sport Fijians love and the competition they closely follow. We thank Shop N Save supermarket for their generosity. With six Shop N Save Super Rugby Pacific matches taking place in Fiji, this is the perfect time to align yourself with Fijian and Drua rugby.”

Thorburn added: “Shop N Save Supermarket have also renewed their sponsorship of Drua play kits which really reaffirms the support for our Club.

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Shop N Save Supermarket is as deeply connected to its Fijian roots as Drua, and their commitment will help us provide our players with the resources they need to compete in the world’s toughest competition.”

Shop N Save CEO Nisheel Kisun added: “Thank you all for being a part of today’s signing of the Fijian Drua sponsorship deal between Counter Ruck and Kalabo Investment PTE Limited, doing business as Shop N Save Supermarket.

Today marks the continuation and significant building of a partnership that began last season between Fijian Drua and Shop N Save Supermarket.

We are extremely delighted to be the first organization to take the competition naming rights for Super Rugby Pacific in the territory of Fiji for the 2023 season. We have also renewed our sponsorship of Drua playing Kit and continue to proudly be the official supermarket of Fijian Drua”.

He added: “Rugby is at the heart of our society and if last season is anything to go by; Fijian Drua has the incredible power to bring all Fijians together to celebrate our rugby heroes.

So it is only fitting that as a 100% Fijian owned company, Shop N Save Supermarket continues to play its part in growing and fostering that patriotic spirit.”

Fiji will feature prominently at Shop N Save Super Rugby Pacific 2023, after Drua made a massive statement last year with a sell-out crowd in Suva and Lautoka in epic scenes witnessed on global broadcasts in numerous territories. In the new season, the six home games in Fiji will be split evenly between the capital, Suva, and our second city, Lautoka, just 30 minutes from Nadi International Airport.

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Thorburn said: “The matches will be held between the two biggest sporting venues in Fiji, to allow fans from across the country to enjoy the competition. Both Suva and Lautoka have easy access to fans from Vanua Levu and the islands, while Lautoka is ideally placed for matches that we believe will be of great interest to visiting and Fijian fans alike. We are working closely with Fiji Airways and Tourism Fiji to create new visitor business that will be of great benefit to our country.”

In a first Shop N Save Super Rugby Pacific Fiji game in 2023, the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua will host the defending champions, the Crusaders at Churchill Park Lautoka on March 11. The Drua return to Fiji two rounds later to take on the Melbourne Rebels at Suva’s HFC Bank Stadium (April 1).

Another blockbuster match that will thrill the Club’s passionate local fans will be the arrival of Auckland’s popular blues team on the shores of Fiji for the first time. That match will take place at Churchill Park on April 29.

The Drua will follow just a week later with another massive encounter against the Hurricanes at HFC Bank Stadium. They complete the campaign with back-to-back home games against Moana Pasifika on May 27 in Lautoka and the Queensland Reds on June 3 in Suva.

Thorburn added: “All members of Swire Shipping Fijian Drua are determined to make our country proud in what will be a very important year for rugby. There’s so much in store for all fans in 2023, we just can’t wait!

Key features of the Shop N Save Super Rugby Pacific 2023 draw:

  • Each team plays 14 regular season games
  • Round 1 features traditional rivalry accessories
  • The Waratahs will host the Brumbies in the first match at the new Allianz Stadium in Sydney.
  • Round 2 is the Super Round in Melbourne
  • All teams play against all other teams in the competition.
  • All teams play three bonus ‘rivalry’ games creating home and away mini-series
  • All teams will have their byes between Rounds 7, 8 and 9
  • Top eight teams reach the final
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season opener: Crusaders v Chiefs @ Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch.

Format: 12 teams: Moana Pasifika, Fijian Drua, Blues, Chiefs, Hurricanes, Crusaders, Highlanders, Waratahs, Reds, Force, Brumbies, Rebels

14 regular season games = 11 round robin games + 3 rivalry games

One bye round per team (all byes in Rounds 7, 8 and 9)

season length: 18 weeks = 15-week regular season + three-week eight-team playoff series

Total matches: 91

super round: Round 2, Friday-Sunday March 3-5 at AAMI Park Melbourne.

Rivalry Matches:

Each team plays three teams twice (one at home, one away game per rivalry)

  • Blues: Rivalry’s opponents are the Hurricanes, Highlanders, and Crusaders.
  • Bosses: The rivalry’s opponents are the Crusaders, Hurricanes, and Highlanders.
  • Crusaders: Rivalry’s opponents are the Blues, Chiefs, and Moana Pasifika
  • Highlanders – Rivalry opponents are the Blues, Force and Chiefs
  • Hurricanes: Blues, Chiefs and Moana Pasifika
  • Moana Pacific: Hurricanes, Highlanders and Fijian Drua
  • Swire Shipping Fijian Drua: Moana Pasifika, Reds and Waratahs
  • Strength: Highlanders, Reds and Rebels
  • Reds: Fijian Drua, Force and Brumbies
  • Rebels: Force, Waratahs and Brumbies
  • Waratahs: Fijian Drua, Rebels and Brumbies
  • Brumbies: Reds, Rebels and Waratahs

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