National Bank of Vanuatu Executive General Manager Retail Tony Motuliki with Interchange Vanuatu Rugby League Coach Lionel Harbin, National Team Players and Women’s Rugby League representatives

The National Bank of Vanuatu (NBV) has recommitted to the Interchange Vanuatu Rugby League (VRL), banking on a Gold and Back of Jersey Sponsorship for the upcoming Rugby League Emerging Nations World Championship in Sydney.

The Sponsorship of the Men’s National team now extends into the 3rd season, after beginning in 2016.

The National Bank of Vanuatu through its network of 27 branches and agencies, NBV offers a comprehensive range of services in Business, Retail, Rural, International, Treasury and Investment Banking. National Bank of Vanuatu has three shareholders – the Government of Vanuatu (70%), Vanuatu National Provident Fund (15%) and the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank (15%).

“We’re pleased to again support the VRL for a 3rd successive year for the upcoming Rugby League Emerging Nations World Championship in Sydney. The VRL are making giant strides to grow the game this year introducing juniors and women’s to compliment the ever growing men’s game and are focused on growing the game in Vanuatu. The VRL want to make Rugby League a game for all of Vanuatu, while we are committed to making NBV the bank for all of Vanuatu and we look forward to working with the VRL to make both a reality” commented Executive General Manager Retail Mr Tony Motuliki.

This ongoing sponsorship now means that the National Bank of Vanuatu has been a sponsor at the local, regional and international level. In addition to being one of the major sponsor of the Men’s National team, they have also sponsored the Port Vila Fire Ants Representative team and were one of the first backers and driving force behind the first ever women’s game with sponsorship of the Port Vila Powerhouse Women’s RLC, that recently played in the first ever game against the Mele Eels.

“We’re thrilled to have NBV continue on as a sponsor of the VRL and we highly value their contribution at every level of the game. NBV plays a key role in the economic development of the country and its people, which is something we are focussed on at the VRL and our ongoing partnership will allow us to continue to work on this together” added Interchange Vanuatu Rugby League President Mr Tom Carlo.

Into the future the partnership will look at further investing in the players by looking at the National Bank of Vanuatu providing training to players in the game in areas such as financial literacy, which will become increasingly important as players get opportunities to become semi-professional and in the future professional athletes through Rugby League. The partnership will also further explore taking the games to new regions in Vanuatu and scholarship opportunities within the bank for players looking to replicate on field success in business of it.

The Vanuatu Rugby League still has some exciting player sponsorships available, where for AUD $500 (40,000 Vatu) you are personal sponsor of a player and receive a team signed jersey, $100 worth of Vanuatu Rugby League merchandise as well as a range of other exciting benefits. Join Dynamic Supply Company that is supporting Avia Allan, the Brewery Bar & Restaurant that is supporting Daniel Kaltapnag and most recently Tana Plaza Pharmacy in supporting players representing their country at the Rugby League Emerging Nations World Championship. Anyone interested in supporting the Vanuatu Rugby League should contact us via the following channels:




Raymond Nasse

Sports Editor

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