RFL announces new sponsor

Kingstone Press Cider have agreed to sponsor the Championship and Championship One for the next two seasons.

Kingstone Press, which is the major brand of Aston Manor Cider, the second largest cider-maker in the country, takes over from the Co-operative and will also be an official partner of the England rugby league team.

RFL chief operating officer Ralph Rimmer said: "We are delighted to welcome Kingstone Press Cider and Aston Manor on board as the official title sponsor of the 2013 Championships.

"This exciting competition continues to grow in stature and with a new geographical footprint for 2013, it's clear that it has become an even more attractive commercial proposition."

Wednesday's announcement comes a month after the RFL announced Tetley's as the sponsor of the Challenge Cup.

Both the Championships and Super League kicked off last weekend without a title sponsor but the RFL is confident of also being able to obtain a suitable backer for the game's elite competition.

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