Locally founded specialist fund administrator Ipes is to sponsor the Siam Cup for the next four years, across the Channel Islands.
The competition will now be known as “The Ipes Siam Cup” and will this year take place in Guernsey at Footes Lane on Saturday 3 May 2014.
Ipes Guernsey’s Managing Director, Andrew Whittaker says, “The Ipes Siam Cup is one of the major sporting events of the Channel Islands and we are delighted to be in partnership with this prestigious competition. Our involvement with the Siam is the culmination of our investment in rugby locally, as we have been supporting a number of initiatives including the Guernsey Rugby Academy.”
L to R: Andrew Whittaker, Ipes Guernsey, Managing Director and Carl Johnson, Chairman, Guernsey Rugby Club.
'Rugby is a great sport for us to be involved with as its core values of respect, team work, discipline and sportsmanship mirror our own professional values within Ipes. We are looking forward to the build up to the game and watching some great rugby on the day.' Whittaker concludes.
Commercial Director for the Guernsey Rugby Club Chris Gnapp says, “The Guernsey Rugby Club are delighted to welcome Ipes as the title sponsors for the 2014 and 2016 Ipes Siam Cups to be held in Guernsey. Without the support and generosity of Ipes it would be impossible for us as a club to put on such an event and we are looking forward to working closely with them in the build up to the biggest match of our season.”
“Ahead of the main Ipes Siam Cup at Footes lane a number of games will be taking place before the main Ipes Siam Cup match at 3pm so the day promises to be an excellent showcase for Rugby in the Channel Islands” Chris Gnapp concludes.
The Siam Cup has been contested annually since 1920, with each island hosting it every other year. The only breaks in competition were due to the Second World War.
As of the 2013 competition, Jersey was the more successful island in the Ipes Siam Cup, with 54 wins to Guernsey's 15, there has been only one draw. Equivalent competitions are held at academy, womens and veterans level. The Cup is the second oldest in representative rugby, behind only the world-famous Calcutta Cup, which is competed for annually between England and Scotland.