NatWest has announced it will be the new title sponsor of Six Nations rugby, with the one-year deal seeing the competition named the Natwest 6 Nations.
Previously sponsored by NatWest’s parent brand RBS, the agreement extends RBS’ partnership with Six Nations Rugby. RBS became the title sponsor of the Six Nations ahead of the 2003 championship.
NatWest has a history in rugby, and for the last five years has supported more than 700 community rugby clubs across England and Wales via NatWest RugbyForce.
The 2018 Championship kicks off on 3rd February 2018 with Wales hosting Scotland in the opening fixture at Principality Stadium.
Six Nations Rugby CEO John Feehan said: “We are delighted to be announcing NatWest as Title Sponsor of the NatWest 6 Nations and the extension of our relationship with RBS.
“They have been excellent partners over the past 15 years and we know what an outstanding role they have played and will continue to play in the success of our Championship.
“I am sure it will be a wonderful event in 2018 with NatWest on board. They know how this great Championship works and there is no doubt that it is a very positive development for both us and for NatWest ahead of next season. We greatly look forward to it.”
David Wheldon, chief marketing officer at NatWest added: “We have been title sponsors of the Six Nations for the last 15 years and are delighted to be renewing our sponsorship for a further year under our customer facing NatWest brand."
England head into the tournament as defending champions, having won back-to-back competitions