#futureisgreen – PwC announces a four-year sponsorship extension deal with IRFU

15 January, 2020

As one of the longest running sponsors of the IRFU, PwC is delighted to announce a significant extension of its support for a further four years until December 2023.

This deal is an all-encompassing partnership to advance the future of Irish rugby, with the renewal of key sponsorships of Men's International U20s, U19s and U18s teams and, new under this contract, the U18s Women's and Men's Interprovincial Championships. Moreover, PwC is now also the main sponsor of the National Training Squad programme (previously the Elite Player Development Pathway) to develop talented underage club and schools players.

Garry Ringrose, PwC Ambassador, Feargal O'Rourke, Nicholas Comyn and Laura Sheehan.

Pictured today left to right are Garry Ringrose, PwC Ambassador, Feargal O'Rourke, Managing Partner of PwC Ireland, Nicholas Comyn, IRFU President and Laura Sheehan, Ireland Women's Rugby Player and PwC Consulting.

This significant investment is built around nurturing talent, growing resilience and supporting ambition – vital qualities in the boardroom and on the field. As an example of this partnership, PwC has worked with the IRFU to build and deliver a series of development workshops to help the underage players to be equipped with the digital and social skills needed for their professional careers, both within and outside of rugby.

Speaking at the announcement, Feargal O'Rourke PwC Ireland Managing Partner said, "Last year's Six Nations Grand Slam win by Ireland's U20s was a powerful testament to the skill, drive and hard work of remarkable young athletes, and PwC was delighted to be part of it. Now we look forward to nurturing and supporting the transformation of our next generation of elite players, both women and men. At PwC, we want to help them think beyond what they are to what they can be, and to help show them that for whatever this next chapter holds, the future is green."

Speaking about the renewal of PwC's support, Nicholas Comyn IRFU President said, "The IRFU is delighted to be renewing our partnership with PwC. Their support for our underage representative sides, both on-pitch and in terms of their own personal development has been invaluable in helping us to develop well rounded players of the future. We are also delighted that this new contract marks the beginning of PwC's sponsorship of the U18 Women's Interprovincial Championships, a key component of the development pathway in women's rugby. We look forward to continuing to build and grow the long-standing partnership in the years to come."

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Notes to editors

This support for the next generation of exceptional rugby talent, of both women and men, fits perfectly with our future-focused ambition to champion talent, leadership and transformation.

About IRFU

The Irish Rugby Football Union is the governing body for rugby union on the island of Ireland. The IRFU is responsible for all aspects of the game from schools and clubs to the professional and international teams. Our role is to promote the game of rugby and the values of the sport at every level of the game.

About the deal

The four-year deal sponsorship deal includes:

  • Men's International U20s, U19s and U18s Teams
  • U18s Women's and Men's Interprovincial Championships (New)
  • National Training Squad Programme (formerly the Elite Player Development Pathway) to develop talented underage club and school players

About PwC
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