“We have been kept informed by Steinhoff of their thinking and they have confirmed their intention to withdraw from their sponsorship of Sevens rugby with immediate effect,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby.
The Springbok Women’s Sevens team will also contest both events. The Blitzboks are next in action in the HSBC World Sevens Series in Sydney, Australia, on 26-28 January.
“It has been completed amicably and by agreement. We’d like to thank Steinhoff for their commitment and support over the past two seasons.”
Roux said that the process had already begun to identify an alternative partner.
“We believe all our national teams have characteristics, values and a unique South African DNA that makes them highly attractive to commercial partners,” said Roux.
“The Springbok Sevens team has added to that with consistently high standards of performance as the current holders of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series title and we believe they will be an attractive proposition for potential partners.”