Invesco Perpetual have extended their sponsorship for next month's Autumn Series against Australia, South Africa, Fiji and New Zealand
Welsh rugby has been boosted by the announcement that Invesco Perpetual have extended their sponsorship of international rugby for the forthcoming Autumn Series at the Millennium Stadium, kicking off with Wales v Australia on Saturday, November 6.
The renewed agreement sees Invesco Perpetual, one of the UK's largest independent investment managers, enter into their sixth season as title sponsor of the competition which kicks-off next month at the home of Welsh sport.
The Invesco Perpetual Series brings four exciting games to Cardiff ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2011 with the Series opener against the Wallabies taking place in less than three weeks' time (6 November, 14.30). Following that clash, Wales face world champions South Africa on Saturday 13 November (14.30), Fiji on Friday 19 November (19.30) and New Zealand on Saturday 27 November at (17.15).
"We are entering into exciting times for Welsh rugby with Rugby World Cup 2011 just around the corner," said WRU group chief executive Roger Lewis.
"And we are delighted that Invesco Perpetual have put their faith in the brand once more and invested for the sixth consecutive year in the game in Wales."
Rick White, Invesco Perpetual Marketing Director, said: "Our long term commitment to the WRU and international rugby has been of great benefit to Invesco Perpetual as a business. It is fantastic news that in our sixth year of sponsoring the Invesco Perpetual Series we have all of the southern hemisphere giants participating, it's a mouth watering prospect that I'm sure all rugby fans are looking forward to.
Tickets are still available to watch Wales take on the three Tri Nations superpowers in the Saturday fixtures. Go to www.wru.co.uk/tickets / Tel: 08442 777888 or call in at the Cardiff Arms Store, 8 Westgate Street, Cardiff.
Tickets for the Friday night clash with Rugby World Cup Pool D opponents Fiji are priced from £10 (children) and from £20 for adults while official hospitality packages can be purchased from just £99 per person via the website: www.millenniumstadium.com.
For games against Australia and South Africa, hospitality prices start at £169 and from £179 for New Zealand - packages include a ticket located in the best seats of the house, a complimentary match programme and a guest speaker from the world of rugby.
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