Business application software provider Infor has joined forces with the most successful team in Super Rugby history, the Crusaders.
Along with this partnership, Infor also unveiled the Infor University Rugby Scholarship and named its first recipient Matt Morrison – a high performer handpicked by the Crusaders for his potential and achievements in rugby and academics.
Revealed at a sponsorship launch in Christchurch, Infor’s Managing Director for the Pacific region, Jo-Anne Ruhl, says the company is delighted to be supporting one of New Zealand’s most prominent and successful rugby teams.
“This partnership with the Crusaders reflects our commitment to being actively involved in the future of Christchurch and the wider Canterbury region," Ruhl says.
"It is one way we can continue to show our support for the city, the region and the rebuild of the city following the devastating earthquakes in 2010 and 2011.
"The Crusaders are an integral part of the fabric of the Canterbury community and this partnership further cements our commitment to supporting the future of rugby and of Christchurch.
"In this regard, we are very proud to kick off the inaugural Infor University Rugby Scholarship that will support in part the University fees for Matt Morrison, and help shape another promising Crusaders star of the future."
The Infor University Rugby Scholarship is the first naming rights sponsored university scholarship that the Crusaders have offered.
Matt Morrison belongs to the 2015 intake of the Crusaders Academy and is looking to make his mark by being selected for the 2015 Canterbury U19 team, with the ultimate goal of making the New Zealand U20 team in 2016 and cutting out a future in professional rugby - he is pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Canterbury.
In addition to naming rights to one of the Crusaders’ university scholarships, the four-year partnership will see the Crusaders bearing Infor’s logo on their jerseys, as well as marketing and brand visibility.
“Infor’s partnership with local businesses and communities extends to world-class, leading New Zealand brands," Ruhl adds.
"Customers such as ANZCO Foods, AW Fraser and Synlait Milk rely on Infor’s enterprise software solutions to help them stay ahead of the game and be champions in their fields."