Cape Town – World Rugby’s African association, Rugby Africa (www.RugbyAfrique.com), the governing body of rugby in Africa, and APO Group (www.APO-opa.com) on Monday announced a new multi-year agreement making APO Group the Official Public Relations Partner of Rugby Africa.
The two organisations have worked together since 2017 and have a common goal to help African rugby breakthrough on the international stage.
The sport is on a huge growth trajectory across the continent, with 37 African nations now full or associate members of World Rugby.
The APO Group said it was using its unparalleled media network and international reach to bring the best of African rugby to new audiences both in Africa and all over the world.
The new partnership agreement will see APO Group become the Official Public Relations Partner of Rugby Africa as it works to develop the sport’s domestic and international visibility as well as reputation.
President of Rugby Africa Herbert Mensah is a well-known figure in international sports administration, and he has been a driving force for the development and growth of rugby in Africa.
The Ghanaian businessman is passionate about realising the vast potential for rugby in Africa despite recent challenges caused by issues of governance and under-funding.
“The APO Group team has provided invaluable support to Rugby Africa for many years, and has given us a voice on the international stage,” said Mensah.
“I am delighted that our important relationship will continue to grow because now, more than ever, it is vital that our message is heard. It’s time for a mindset change across the continent and around the world.
“Africa must look inward and put pressure on the World. Africa mustn’t be forgotten. It is our time.”
Commenting on the partnership Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard (www.Pompigne-Mognard.com), Founder and Chairman of APO Group said: “APO Group is completely aligned with Rugby Africa’s new President on the need for better and stronger governance, funding, and exposure for the game in Africa.
“Rugby Africa couldn’t have chosen a better president to defend its interests on the global stage.
“Herbert is a natural-born leader and a proud African, and I look forward to joining him as we strive to help rugby in Africa realise its true potential.”
Pompigne-Mognard said the APO Group is well placed to help boost exposure to African rugby, thanks to its long-standing involvement in global sporting projects.
Alongside its commitment to African rugby, APO Group is also the Pan-African Public Relations agency of FIFA, the NBA, and the Basketball Africa League, as well as the Strategic Partner of the Olympic Movement in Africa.
APO Group is also the Official Partner of many other prominent sporting organizations including the iconic French football club Olympique de Marseille and the International Sports Press Association.
In May 2023, APO Group demonstrated its strong Public Relations credentials in the field of Pan-African sport by winning a prestigious SABRE Award (https://apo-opa.info/3p9svRs) for its media campaign for the Basketball Africa League (BAL) Season 2.
The partnership comes as Rugby Africa welcomes a new President (https://apo-opa.info/3LQ64Kf).
*The APO Group and The Bulrushes are in a partnership to distribute press releases in real-time