The Six Nations are understood to be in discussions with several companies about securing sponsorship of the women’s championship for the first time.
The Six Nations board announced on Wednesday that it had renewed a one-year title sponsorship with RBS, using their company brand name Natwest, in a deal understood to have been worth £8 million as first revealed by Telegraph Sport last week.
The extension of the RBS deal however did not include the title sponsorship of the women’s Six Nations tournament as it was never part of the existing partnership that first began in 2003.
That prompted questions on social media about why the women’s championship was not included as part of the deal. The Old Mutual Wealth sponsorship of England’s autumn Test series for example, covers both the men’s and women’s matches.
The Six Nations board however are understood to be hopeful that a separate deal can be reached to secure a title sponsor for the women’s tournament, given its rising profile following last year’s move to ensure the games were shown live in some format in each of the host countries.