Canterbury Rugby League is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Trillo Metals Ltd as naming rights sponsor for the Canterbury Women’s team ahead of the 2023 NZRL National Premiership campaign in September.

Trillo Metals Ltd have previously supported the Canterbury Bulls – and this latest sponsorship contribution continues a longstanding commitment to backing rugby league and community sports.

The family owned and operated metal recycling business was founded in 1998 by Craig Trillo and has yards in Christchurch and Marlborough. The family name has flourished in the scrap metal industry for 60 years, starting with Craig’s father, Graeme, and has extended into a fourth generation.

“We sponsored the New Zealand Army rugby league team for three years but unfortunately COVID stopped a lot of what they were going to be doing,” Trillo Metals Ltd manager Spencer Trillo, Craig’s son and Graeme’s grandson, explains.

“We thought we could turn our attention locally and jumped on as a sponsor for the Canterbury Bulls. At last year’s awards ceremony I was seated with the members of the CRL Board and they spoke about how the Canterbury Women’s team didn’t have sponsorship.

“As far as I was concerned, they’re representing the region and they need to know they have the backing of people in Canterbury. So I let it be known we’d really like to come on board as a sponsor, to show them that we all do appreciate the hard work they put in and that it needed to be reflected in some financial support.”


Born and raised in Canterbury, Spencer attended high school in Marlborough – where Craig and his partner Tuini opened their first yard after starting the business from a single truck – before returning to Christchurch.

He has a long association with rugby league, dating back to playing junior footy for Eastern Suburbs.

“Unfortunately during my high school years I damaged both knees, so contact sport no longer on the cards for me. But what you can’t play you can still get behind – that’s why we’re always happy to jump in and sponsor where we can,” he says.

While proud to see his company associated with the province’s elite women’s representative side, Trillo Metals Ltd’s support comes from an altruistic place.

“As much as we like getting our name out there and getting a bit of promotion for the company, the main reason we do this is it helps everyone else out,” Trillo says.

“The money’s no good sitting in your account, so having it out in the community making changes is more about what our family wants to get behind.

“It’s great for this side to be the Trillo Metals Canterbury Women’s team, but from our point of view it’s more important that the players and management know there’s people here that want to back them and see them do well.”

Get in touch with Trillo Metals Ltd for your metal recycling requirements and solutions in Canterbury and Marlborough, or if producing scrap metal is a by-product of your business. They offer a free bin service, pick-ups from your location and drop-offs at their yards in Middleton (Ph: 03 348 0609) and Blenheim (Ph: 03 578 0340) – it’s metal recycling made easy.

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CRL CEO Malcolm Humm underlined how vital the fledgling affiliation will be for the code in Canterbury.

“Trillo Metals’ support of the Canterbury Women’s team is a really significant development,” Humm says.

“Although exciting, national tournament campaigns come at a large cost to the rugby league districts, so this type of backing is really appreciated.

“We are grateful to Trillo Metals for the support and appreciative that they value the exposure they will gain from aligning with the Canterbury Rugby League brand via our women’s team’s NZRL National Premiership campaign.

“It’s also exciting for us that the partnership has grown from what was originally a tier three partnership to a tier one: naming rights partner.”

Meanwhile, when asked about the Canterbury Bulls men’s team’s naming rights partnership for 2023, Humm indicated Canterbury Rugby League was still to secure a local business and was actively pursuing one.

To register your organisation’s interest in sponsoring the Bulls for their upcoming NZRL National Premiership campaign, contact Malcolm Humm: or +64 27 270 8060

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