With an away trip to face Benetton Treviso on the opening weekend of the new season, Ospreys management took the opportunity to play host to their commercial partners from Italy ahead of the game.
The special matchday function in Treviso saw representatives from global coffee giant Segafredo Zanetti – who appear on the Ospreys jersey for the first time this season – leading Prosecco brand FIOL who are on the shorts and construction company Stabili, all of whom enjoy commercial relationships with the region.
Also present were management from Vicenza Rugby, who are currently in discussions to become the third Italian club to form a relationship with the Ospreys, following from ASR Milano and Rugby Rovigo. It is now hoped that as with the two existing sister clubs there will be player and coaching exchanges, as well as a pooling of commercial knowledge and expertise.
Joining the Ospreys at the game on Saturday as the very special guest of Fiol was award winning American actress Jessica Chastain.
Ms Chastain was named as one of the “100 most influential people in the world” by Time Magazine in 2012, following an incredible 24 months that saw her receive Best Supporting Actress nominations at the Academy Awards, Baftas and Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild for her performance in the 2011 film ‘The Help’, and win the Best Actress Golden Globe the following year for her role in ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, also receiving an Academy Award Best Actress nomination.
The commercial partners then joined the victorious team in the away changing room after the game, where Dan Biggar was presented with a bottle of FIOL after winning the man of the match award.
Ospreys Commercial Manager, Yarnie Guthrie, said:
“It gave us enormous pleasure to play host to our growing family of Italian commercial partners ahead of the game. Northern Italy is a rugby stronghold and it’s fantastic that businesses from that area see the value of a commercial relationship with the Ospreys.”