DEFENDER JOINS WALLABIES TO CELEBRATE RUGBY WORLD CUP
Defender joined Wallabies legends and current players in Canberra on 1 June, 2023 to mark 100 days before the Wallabies kick-off their thrilling campaign to chase victory in the Rugby World Cup in France.
Three-time Rugby World Cup player, Senator David Pocock, World Cup winners Joe Roff and Stephen Larkham, and more recent Rugby World Cup stars Allan Alaalatoa and Nic White, gathered outside Parliament House to celebrate this iconic event taking place later this year.
As Official Major Sponsor and Official Vehicle of the Wallabies, a partnership heading into its eighth season, Defender will be behind the team in their pursuit of sporting glory. The Wallabies are grouped with Wales, Fiji, Portugal and Georgia in Group C, and their campaign starts at the Stade de France on 9 September against Georgia.
Senator David Pocock, who played at the Rugby World Cup in 2011, 2015 and 2019, said, “100 days until the World Cup, it’s an incredible sporting occasion, truly a global game and I’m really excited to see what the Wallabies can do this year at the World Cup in France.”
With preparation for the Rugby World Cup well underway, the Wallabies will hone their skills in the first Test against South Africa in Pretoria on July 5. Locally, fans can show their support for the team when the Wallabies face off against Argentina in Sydney on July 15, and in the first Bledisloe Cup Test against the All Blacks on 29 July at the MCG.
RUGBY WORLD CUP 2023 TROPHY CAR
In addition to its support of the Wallabies, Defender is also a proud Worldwide Partner of the Rugby World Cup in France. To celebrate this global event, Defender has created a bespoke vehicle to display one of the most recognised pieces of silverware in international sport, the Webb Ellis Cup.
The specially modified electric hybrid Defender 110 was developed and constructed at the Special Vehicle Operations division in Coventry, England, and features an advanced electrified plug-in electric hybrid powertrain.
The bespoke trophy cabinet at the rear of the vehicle has been designed with high-specification technology to ensure optimum conditions for the trophy, while maintaining the Defender’s instantly recognisable silhouette. Minimalistic Rugby World Cup France 2023 and partnership livery has been applied across the bonnet and doors.
The Rugby World Cup 2023 Trophy Car will tour France in the lead-up to the opening match of Rugby World Cup 2023, with rugby fans and prospective Defender customers having the chance to view and photograph the Webb Ellis Cup and bespoke Defender 110.