SUVA'S Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy win over the weekend has earned the union an increase in sponsorship of their club competition, the prestigious Escott Shield.
Foster's Group Pacific Limited — the producer of Fiji Bitter which sponsors the Escott Shield — yesterday promised an increase of $5000 to their sponsorship next year.
The company gave $10,000 to Suva Rugby Union (SRU) for the competition this year.
SRU chairman Commander Francis Kean thanked FGPL for their support, adding the sponsorship played a major part in their Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy win over Nadroga last Saturday.
"We have reaped the dividend of their (Foster's) support and we hope they will continue to support the development of club rugby, especially with the centennial of Escott Shield next year," he said.
FGPL general manager Tony Scanlan said they were proud to be associated with SRU. Foster's marketing manager Joe Rodan said they would continue supporting SRU and the development of rugby in the country.
"I'm sure the Suva team will go out this weekend and defend it against Naitasiri and Lautoka next weekend," the former national athlete said.
"This is the trophy everybody wants to win because it brings in lot of money to the association."
Suva will defend the trophy against Naitasiri this Saturday at Churchill Park in Lautoka.