O2 extend sponsorship of Irish rugby team

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Updated: August 8, 2011

O2 along with the IRFU have announced that the mobile phone operator has extended its sponsorship of the Ireland rugby team until 2016.

The announcement made at Carton House this afternoon will see the O2 logo featured on the Ireland senior and Irish Wolfhounds playing and training kits along with a wide range of IRFU related merchandise.

Speaking at the press conference Stephen Shurrock, Chief Executive of Telefonica who operated O2 in the Irish marketplace, said “I am delighted to confirm O2′s continued support of the Ireland team. Declan Kidney, Brian O’Driscoll and all of the players and coaching staff have been incredibly successful, lifting the Grand Slam and numerous Triple Crowns, as well as the spirits of the country.

“We look forward to sharing in the ambitions and successes of Irish rugby in the years ahead.”

John Hussey, President of the IRFU, also expressed delight at the continuation of the partnership between the IRFU and O2 saying “We are delighted to extend our partnership with O2 as sponsors of the Ireland National team.

“This has been one of the best and most successful sponsorships in Irish sport. We thank O2 for their continued commitment and we look forward to enjoying many more successful years both for O2 and the Ireland team.”

To celebrate the news 02 and the IRFU have announced that there will be a open training session with the Ireland squad at the Aviva Stadium which will take place on Thursday August 25th.

The session, which is free to the public, will be one of the last chances that Irish rugby supporters will be able to see the team before they depart for the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

Entry to the open training session is by ticket only. Tickets went on sale at 2pm this afternoon and people can get their tickets by going to www.ticketmaster.ie

Sportsnewsireland.com will have live score updates on all GAA Championship matches over the summer.

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