Cape Town. - Springbok rugby sponsor BMW has given 8 Springbok and ex-Springbok players and the team coach, new cars.
BMW is the official vehicle partner for the Springboks after signing a 5-year deal with the South African Rugby Union (Saru) in May last year, a deal estimated to be worth around R40m over the 5-year period.
On Wednesday, BMW South Africa announced another deal involving the local rugby stars who will now act as ambassadors for the German brand.
The players include Springbok captain Jean De Villiers and then Schalk Burger, Pierre Spies, Chiliboy Rallepelle, Francois Steyn, JP Pietersen and Jannie du Plessis.
Along with the players new Bok coach Heyneke Meyer and Springbok rugby legend Victor Matfield have been selected to be BMW-ambassadors.
Each ambassador receives a brand new BMW 335i Sport.
De Villiers, Meyer and Matfield will also each receive a BMW X6 in addition to their BMW 3 Series vehicles.
The vehicles were built at the BMW plant in Rosslyn in Pretoria.
The German company’s local subsidiary was its first outside Europe when it was established in 1973 and has become the tenth biggest for BMW worldwide.
A new 335i Sport costs between R500 000 and R550 000. The value of a new BMW X6? About R840 000.