June 15, 2016

Rugby Canada Announce Sun Life Global Investments as Monaco Repechage Team Sponsor

TORONTO, June 15, 2016 /CNW/ - Rugby Canada is delighted to announce a renewed sponsorship by Sun Life, which will see Sun Life Global Investments become Canada's Official Sponsor at the World Rugby Monaco Repechage. Sun Life has been an avid supporter of Rugby Canada's National Senior Men's Sevens team over the past several years, most recently at the 2016 Hong Kong Sevens.

The Monaco Repechage is a pivotal tournament for Rugby Canada's Men's Sevens, as it represents the final chance to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The highly anticipated tournament will be held June 18 and 19 at the Stade Louis II stadium in the Fontvieille district of Monaco, with the winner qualifying for Rio 2016. This year marks the return of rugby to the Olympics for the first time since 1924, a testament to the growth of rugby internationally.

As part of this sponsorship, the National Senior Men's Sevens team will bear the Sun Life Global Investments logo on the front of their jerseys for the duration of the Monaco Repechage.

"We are proud of our sponsorship of Rugby Canada," said Rick Headrick, President, Sun Life Global Investments. "The core values these athletes bring to the game - teamwork, respect, and commitment to excellence - are values we share. We look forward to cheering on the team this summer."

Canada most recently wore the Sun Life branded jerseys at the 2016 Hong Kong Sevens, where their players and staff engaged in a youth rugby clinic with the children of Sun Life employees.

"Sun Life Global Investments' contribution to Rugby Canada shows their dedication to growing the sport of rugby in Canada," said Allen Vansen, Rugby Canada Chief Executive Officer. "We are thankful for Sun Life Global Investments' continued support over the past few years, especially now at a crucial time for our National Senior Men's Sevens team."

About Sun Life Global Investments (Canada) Inc.

Sun Life Global Investments offers Canadians a diverse lineup of mutual funds and innovative portfolio solutions, empowering them to pursue their financial goals at every life stage. We bring together the strength of one of Canada's most trusted names in financial services with some of the best asset managers from around the world to deliver a truly global investment platform. Sun Life Global Investments manages more than $13 billion on behalf of institutional and retail investors from coast to coast and is a member of the Sun Life Financial group of companies. For more information, visit www.sunlifeglobalinvestments.com or connect with us on Twitter @SLGI_Canada.

About Sun Life

Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services organization providing a diverse range of protection and wealth products and services to individuals and corporate customers. Sun Life Financial has operations in a number of markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Bermuda. As of March 31, 2016, the Sun Life Financial group of companies had total assets under management of $861 billion. For more information please visit www.sunlife.com.

Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE) and Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under the ticker symbol SLF.

About Rugby Canada:

Rugby Canada is a member of World Rugby and is also the National Sport Organization (NSO) responsible for administrating the game of Rugby Fifteens and Rugby Sevens in Canada. Rugby Canada's mandate is to keep Canadian rugby competitive at the highest levels domestically and internationally. For more information, visit www.rugbycanada.ca.

Note to Editors: All figures in Canadian dollars.

SOURCE Sun Life Financial Inc.

Yasna Criscione
Sun Life Financial
416-204-8110
yasna.criscione@sunlife.com     

Bryan Kelly
Rugby Canada
250-418-8998 ext. 314
bkelly@rugbycanada.ca