BNZ and Plunket team up for Investec Super Rugby 'Future Stars' weekend

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Thursday, April 16, 2015    Getty Images

BNZ Future Stars will see the BNZ logo on the front of every jersey worn by the New Zealand sides swapped out with a child’s name.

The ‘new names’ are New Zealand children who have won a unique charity initiative that was developed by BNZ to raise awareness and funds for Plunket during the annual charity round, and supporters had the chance to bid for jerseys on Trade Me or enter a ballot online.

After the match all the jerseys will be sent to the winners to keep as a unique souvenir.

BNZ Director of Retail and Marketing Craig Herbison says, “The BNZ Future Stars initiative is a unique opportunity for Kiwi kids to connect with their rugby idols and raise awareness to support New Zealand’s most enduring charity, Plunket.

“We’re proud to support Plunket and our future stars with an opportunity to get involved in the national game in a way they wouldn’t normally be able to. The highlight will be seeing the wide grins on the children’s faces when players run onto the field wearing their name.”

The proceeds from the Trade Me auctions, along with money collected at the Investec Super Rugby Rugby games in New Zealand this weekend, will be donated to Plunket.

This year the Trade Me auctions raised more than $10,000 for Plunket with the Chiefs’ jerseys proving the most popular raising the most of all Investec Super Rugby teams with $2,505 in total.

“We are delighted to be able to support BNZ and their official charity through this initiative.

It’s a very visual way for them to highlight their relationship with Super Rugby, and for a few Super Rugby fans, they get to see their favourite players run out with their name on the player’s chests,“ says Nick Brown, New Zealand Rugby General Manager – Content, Commercial and Public Affairs.