SA Rugby announced a major new backer on Monday as banking giant FNB became a Springbok sponsor. FNB has agreed a three-year partnership, which will see the bank’s logo appear on the back of the Springbok jersey above the playing number.The contract is reportedly worth R20 million a year to SA Rugby until 2020. It brings to five the number of major new partners to join the Springbok and SA Rugby family since the start of the year.FNB’s famous logo will appear on the Springbok playing jersey for the first time in the Rugby Championship Test against Argentina in Port Elizabeth on August 19.“FNB’s slogan is ‘How can we help you’ and during June we spent some time with its executives, staff and some of its corporate clients, explaining where we were as South African rugby and what our recovery strategy was for the Springboks and the game as part of a roadshow to South African business,” said Jurie Roux, chief executive of SA Rugby.“FNB heard how they could help us and they have responded swiftly and decisively and we’re absolutely delighted to welcome them to the family.“FNB is one of South Africa’s most respected brands — part of the national DNA, like the Springboks — and we greatly appreciate the support and confidence they have shown in the team and in rugby. We are sure we’ll replay their investment.”Faye Mfikwe, FNB chief marketing officer said: “As a proudly South African brand, we believe that this partnership symbolises our commitment to nation-building. As proven in South Africa over the last 20 years, sport has the amazing power to unite a nation, and there’s no better representation of this than the Springboks’ historic Rugby World Cup victories in 1995 and 2007.”The partnership was launched at Montecasino in Fourways, Johannesburg.• Lions player Kwagga Smith has been banned for a month because of the red card he picked up in the Super Rugby final against the Crusaders in Johannesburg at the weekend. The Sanzaar Foul Play Review Committee accepted a guilty plea from the flank yesterday. Smith has been suspended from all forms of the game up to and including September 2. — Sport24.