Societe Generale’s Rugby world tour: Supporting rugby across Asia-Pacific
Our partnerships in the Asia-Pacific region focus on Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia, all countries where rugby has a proud tradition and a high profile among the local communities. Currently, Societe Generale sponsors several organisations in the region, part of Societe Generale's long-standing commitment to the world of rugby.
Jonny Wilkinson stars at Testimonial Dinner in Hong Kong
Jonny Wilkinson, one of our ambassadors for the Rugby World Cup 2015, took centre stage at the Jonny Wilkinson Testimonial Dinner in Hong Kong on 4 June. Societe Generale, title sponsor of the event, invited clients and guests to attend this special evening.
Jonny also met junior members of Valley Football Rugby Club, which is sponsored by Societe Generale. The kids were happy to pass a few balls to him, take pictures and have an autograph from one of the world's most famous living rugby legends!
Valley Rugby Football Club
Societe Generale announced its Title Sponsorship of Hong Kong's Valley Rugby Football Club (Valley RFC) in September 2014. All teams now wear Societe Generale emblazoned shirts and are known as ‘Societe Generale Valley RFC' for the 2014/15 and upcoming 2015/16 seasons.
Valley RFC was founded in 1975 by a group of ex-members of the Royal Hong Kong Police Rugby Club, some expatriates and schoolboys who joined forces to enter a team in local rugby competitions. The result was Valley RFC, so named because of its home in Happy Valley. Since its formation, the Club has aspired to provide an environment that mixes a strong social element with that of a competitive sports club, thereby producing the special spirit of Valley RFC. Today, Valley RFC is one of the most successful sports clubs in Hong Kong and has an academy which offers coaching and promotes sport in schools and the wider community.
In March 2015 Societe Generale Valley RFC won the Grand Championship title following their victory against Leighton Asia HKCC in the HKRFU Domestic League 2014-2015.
Singapore Cricket Club
Established in 1852, the Singapore Cricket Club (SCC) today counts itself as one of the premier sports and social clubs in Asia. It is the second oldest sports club in Singapore and, despite its name, actually comprises 13 different sports sections, of which six hold major annual and internationally acclaimed tournaments on the world famous “Padang” sports ground: Rugby 7s; Cricket Twenty/20; Hockey 6s; Netball 7s; Premier Tennis and Soccer 6s.
Societe Generale Singapore was Title Sponsor of the 2014 Singapore Cricket Club International Rugby 7s Tournament, played at the Padang from 31 October to 2 November. The bank is the first major corporate sponsor of this historical tournament, which has been running for 67 years. Our two-year sponsorship agreement also includes support for the SCC Rugby section's senior and junior academies and their year-long activities.
The Societe Generale Singapore Cricket Club International Rugby 7s is one of the oldest team sports events in Asia. What began as a humble tournament for Singaporean and Malaysian teams in the 1940s has grown to be regarded as a spectator-friendly tournament and one of the premier international club tournaments in Asia involving teams from around the world.
Eastern Suburbs Rugby Union Football Club
In April Societe Generale became the proud sponsor of the Eastern Suburbs District RUFC in Sydney, which is Australia's oldest District Rugby Club.
As the oldest and most successful club in Australia, with a total of 79 premiership titles or shields across Grade and Colts from 1900 to 2015 and an additional 9 club championships titles, the club is a famous breeding ground for young promising athletes. In its 115 years of history, famous players like H.H. (Dally) Messenger, G.C. (Wakka) Walker, sports star Harald Baker and Victoria Cross-winner Bede Kenny built the club's reputation. More recently, ‘Easts’, as they are commonly known, have seen names such as Ryan Cross, Huia Edmonds, Clyde Rathbone and Matt Toomua pull on their strip and develop the club's success.