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Vodafone Ireland And IRFU Announce Four-Year Sponsorship Extension

Philip Browne and Anne O'Leary at the announcement of the extension of Vodafone's sponsorship deal

Philip Browne and Anne O'Leary at the announcement of the extension of Vodafone's sponsorship deal ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Vodafone Ireland and the Irish Rugby Football Union today announced that they have extended their partnership for a further four years through to 2024.

The four-year sponsorship extension will see Vodafone Ireland continue as the principal sponsor of the Irish Rugby team and communications partner to the IRFU. The agreement also sees Vodafone become official sponsor of the IRFU Women’s Interprovincial Championship. The new agreement will commence on July 1, 2020.

The multi-year deal will see Vodafone and the IRFU work together to use both new and existing technology to create events, activations and content that will benefit all rugby fans and Vodafone customers in Ireland.

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Vodafone’s investment will continue to allow fans to experience world class network services on match days, and Vodafone customers will also have access to exclusive content and instant match highlights for Ireland’s international home matches on the My Vodafone app.

Speaking at the sponsorship extension announcement, Vodafone Ireland CEO Anne O’Leary said:

Vodafone Ireland has proudly been the main sponsor of Irish Rugby since 2016, and we’re delighted to be extending our partnership for a further four-years to 2024.

“Vodafone’s purpose is to connect our customers for a better future as we strive to create a Gigabit Ireland where everyone has access to quality, high speed connectivity. Through our partnership with Irish Rugby, we will continue our mission to build the most interconnected team and fan base on the planet.

“As part of this, we are committed to using technology to bring fans closer to Irish Rugby, which is why we have boosted the signal in every single seat in the Aviva Stadium so our customers can have the best possible experience from the best mobile network in Ireland.

“We have a shared ambition with the IRFU to grow the game on the island of Ireland. We are very proud that our support of Irish Rugby encompasses men’s rugby, women’s rugby and the game at all levels. When it comes to Irish Rugby, we all belong to the ‘Team Of Us’.

“I would like to take this opportunity to wish the team, management and backroom staff every success ahead of their departure to Japan. ‘The Team Of Us’ will be supporting you all the way and in the years to come.”

IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne commented:

We are delighted to see our partnership with Vodafone continue. Vodafone has helped to elevate our game and our team to new levels with clever and inspirational campaigns that bring the team and our supporters together to form a ‘Team Of Us’.

“Strong and committed partners, who understand our game and its values, are vital to the long-term investment we require to develop Irish Rugby at every level.

“We are also very pleased that our partnership is delivering for Vodafone and its customers, and we are excited to work with Anne, and all her team, in the months and years ahead.”

Over the course of the GUINNESS Summer Series, Vodafone are bringing fans closer to the team via social content, ticket competitions and exclusive, instant match highlights for Ireland’s international home matches on the My Vodafone app. Check out http://rugby.vodafone.ie/ for all the latest #TeamOfUs news.