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Mpumalanga Rugby Union President Hein Mentz hands a framed player's jersey to Nicho le Roux, general manager, Customer Service Operations, to thank Ford for their valuable title sponsorship during the 2011 rugby season.
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 Ford Puma Rugby Team Celebrate a Successful Season

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PRETORIA South Africa — Loose forward Jaco Bouwer has walked away with a brand new Ford Figo after being named Ford Puma Rugby team player of the year at a recent annual awards dinner co-hosted by Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA). 

FMCSA has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with South African rugby, having been involved extensively in local rugby as an associate sponsor to SA Rugby and the Springboks previously. This year Ford teamed up with the Puma Rugby team as their title sponsor for the 2011 rugby season.

“Ford seized the opportunity to sponsor a great up and coming young rugby team,” said Nicho Le Roux , general manager, Customer Service Operations, FMCSA. “We’ve been proud to have our name behind the Pumas in the prestigious Vodacom and ABSA Currie Cup rugby championship and were pleased to celebrate their efforts at their annual year end function.”

Mpumalanga Rugby Union staff, media, sponsors, Dealer Principles and representatives from FMCSA attended the event at the Woodhill Golf Estate Country Club. Attendees were able to get a closer look at the All-New Ford Ranger Wildtrak, which was on display and enjoyed a preview of the new Ford Ranger TV commercials.

Several trophies were awarded during the evening, but it was the Player of the Year Award, which proved the highlight. Bouwer was chosen for his excellent performance on the field, great attitude towards fans and supporters, continued growth and on-field statistics. The Ford Figo he was awarded proved to be the cherry-on-top of a fantastic season for the young player. Bouwer was recently selected for the “Emerging Springbok 7’s team” and represented the national team during their trip to Kenya.

The Player’s Player of the Year Award was also announced on the evening, which Jaco Bouwer shared with captain Corné Steenkamp.

“It has been a great year for the Ford Pumas. We’ve enjoyed a great deal of national exposure as a result of the partnership and have taken great pleasure in interacting with the team and watching their progress throughout the year. We at Ford would like to congratulate the team on their consistent growth and thank everyone in the team for their exceptional efforts throughout the year,” concluded Le Roux. 


Player of the Year: Jaco Bouwer
Curriebeker Player of the Year: Jaco Bouwer
Player's Player of the Year: Corné Steenkamp and Jaco Bouwer
Front Row Player of the Year: Corné Steenkamp
Back Row Player of the Year: JW Jonker
Most Tries: Coenie  van Wyk (8)
Vodacom Player of the Year: Corné Steenkamp
Vodacom Front Row Player of the Year: Pellow van der Westhuizen
Vodacom Back Row Player of the Year: Deon


Proud coach of the Ford Pumas rugby team, Jimmy Stonehouse with Jaco Bouwer and Nicho le Roux. Player of the year Jaco Bouwer(centre), congratulated by Andrew Burkin (left) Dealer Principal, Eastvaal Motors and Stephan Venter (right) Dealer Principal  Nelspruit Auto from Mpumalanga Province. Player of the Year, Jaco Bouwer receives the keys to his brand new Ford Figo  From left: John Segaar CSO national sales and marketing manager, Vanessa Terblanche CSO marketing business manager, Nicho le Roux, general manager CSO.





11/22/2011 4:45 AM