World Rugby has negotiated a new partnership with Gallagher which sees the insurance company become an official partner of women’s rugby and the Rugby World Cup 2025.
Gallagher will be an official partner of WXV in 2023 and 2024 – the new, three-tier annual global women’s competition featuring 18 teams.
Launching later this year, WXV is aiming to ‘revolutionise the women’s international rugby landscape’, providing for the first time a pathway for all unions and a competitive springboard toward an expanded Rugby World Cup in 2025.
The collaboration aims to demonstrate the company’s commitment to developing participation in the women’s game around the world.
World Rugby Chief Executive, Alan Gilpin, commented: “We are excited to be partnering with Gallagher to accelerate the growth of women’s rugby. This is an endorsement of the compelling and undeniable opportunity that we have in front of us to grow the game as a whole.
“All the evidence shows that by leading with women and girls we can propel the sport to new levels, unlocking new markets, attracting new audiences and developing impactful partnerships. Gallagher shares our vision.
“This partnership is action-oriented, aligns with our plan and we look forward to working together to drive forward the competitiveness, reach and impact of women in rugby.”
Moreover, Gallagher will also be the founding partner of the High Performance Academy, a new development and leadership programme with a mission of increasing the prominence of female coaches and other high performance roles at elite levels of the sport.
“We are extremely proud to partner with World Rugby and to provide a pathway for women aspiring to work at elite levels of the sport through Rugby World Cup, WXV and the Gallagher High Performance Academy,” added Gallagher Chairman, President and CEO J. Patrick Gallagher, Jr.
“Gallagher has deep roots within rugby and a rich history in sports partnerships, sharing the core values of driving high performance through teamwork, integrity, inclusivity, respect and professional excellence.”