Jakarta. As rugby union continues to gain recognition in Indonesia, the Indonesia Rugby Union — or PRUI — managed to secure a new sponsor to help boost the sport’s development in the country.
PRUI signed a one-year deal with Mafro Sports to supply rugby kit. The men’s national team, known as the Rhinos, will don the new kit for the first time when it plays in the HSBC Asian 5 Nations Tournament in June.
“As a sports company we realize the importance of sportsmen to use quality sporting products. We were inspired to set up our company to work with professionals, amateur and grassroots participants in the sports business,” Mahmoud Gomda, founder and chief executive of Mafro, said in a statement.
“Securing our relationship with PRUI works to fulfill these goals.
“This partnership will allow MS to work with PRUI to reach as many communities as possible throughout the Indonesian archipelago.”
The company will also provide match-day, training and casual wear for the men’s sevens team — the Harimau, the Harimau Muda (Under-20 sevens team) and the women’s national sevens squad, nicknamed the Cendrawasih. Official merchandise will also be available through selected outlets and the PRUI website.
For PRUI, 2013 turned out to be a landmark year after the National Sports Committee (KONI) made the federation an official member in August — bringing with it government funding — before winning full membership of the International Rugby Board in November.
The Jakarta Globe is a media partner for the PRUI.