Sep 13, 2016

England Head Coach, Eddie Jones named as official brand ambassador Partnership also includes a grassroots volunteer recognition programme

London, 13th September 2016: Today, Mitsubishi Motors in the UK has been unveiled as the Official Performance Partner to England Rugby. This partnership will support the game from grassroots level all the way up to the elite squad, building towards the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

As Official Performance Partner to England Rugby, Mitsubishi Motors will be supporting England U18s, U20s and the player pathway, as well as the England Senior team and the England training centre, now named the Mitsubishi Motors England Rugby Training Centre.

The automotive company’s Intelligent Motion brand positioning will be brought to life through a unique fan-based campaign, launching this season. Mitsubishi Motors franchised dealer network will work closely with grassroots clubs across a number of projects, including forging links with players from the England U18s and U20s. Furthermore the partnership also extends to the Exeter leg of the Rugby Europe Grand Prix Sevens Series – now entitled the Mitsubishi Motors Exeter Sevens, following its inauguration in July 2016.

The partnership will also see England Rugby and Mitsubishi support grassroots rugby by recognising and rewarding the thousands of volunteers who are an integral part of the game, launching in 2017.

England Rugby head coach Eddie Jones has also been announced as a brand ambassador. With Mitsubishi Motors being a global brand with heritage in innovation and intelligent motion, Eddie’s vision and intelligent intuition for the game makes this the perfect partnership.

Speaking at the Mitsubishi Motors England Rugby Training Centre, Eddie said:  "I’m very pleased Mitsubishi Motors are on-board with England Rugby. Mitsubishi is a globally recognised brand with a track record of innovation, excellence and quality so we look forward to working closely with them. Their support of the England Under 20s and 18s will be hugely beneficial to the long term success of England Rugby.” 

Lance Bradley, Managing Director of Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, said: “We are very excited to be joining forces with England Rugby and Eddie Jones. The core values of the game of rugby align perfectly with our own and the England Rugby partnership comes as a natural progression of the work we are doing, and have already done, to support rugby. We are looking forward to seeing the partnership evolve as we head towards Japan 2019.” 

Already involved in the sport, Mitsubishi Motors has been a sponsor of Gloucester Rugby since 2007. In 2015, the partnership was expanded to the brand becoming the club’s main partner. Mitsubishi Motors also holds partnerships with both Edinburgh Rugby and the Salford Red Devils.


Notes to Editors

For more information contact Synergy on behalf of Mitsubishi Motors UK:
Grace Murray, Account Manager, Synergy
T: 0203 128 6742


Charlotte Harwood
Communications Manager, RFU
T: 0208 831 7652

About Mitsubishi Motors

Since 1917, Mitsubishi Motors has been at the forefront of technical innovation – a pace setter, a game-changer, setting the pace for the rest of the industry with their advanced and efficient technological systems. Mitsubishi Motors historically has achieved considerable success in four-wheel drive and performance vehicle markets and now also leads the way in environmental technologies. For example, in 2014, Mitsubishi Motors launched the world’s first plug-in hybrid 4x4 SUV, which has changed the hybrid vehicle landscape in the UK. For more information, visit: www.mitsubishi-cars.co.uk / www.mitsubishi-media.co.uk and www.mitsubishi-matters.co.uk.