Connacht Rugby

  • Connacht take it up a gear with Mazda

     Connacht has ended their 14 year relationship with Bank of Ireland by reportedly signing a new 3-year sponsorship deal with Japanese car manufacturer, Mazda. As Connacht look ahead to their first season in the Heineken Cup, a need to perhaps compete financially with their opponents has driven them to seek out a better financial deal. Therefore they have reportedly turned down €100,000 a year from Bank of Ireland, a deal which they have benefited from since shortly after the game turned profe...

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  • Elwood to Leave Connacht

    Connacht Rugby coach Eric Elwood is to leave his position at the end of the current season. The former Connacht and Ireland outside-half has been Head of Coaching with the province since 2010 having previously been assistant coach to Michael Bradley. Elwood represented Connacht 168 times as a player and won 35 caps for his country, appearing in two Rugby World Cups. The 43 year-old has decided not to seek to renew his contract which expires at the end of the season. Elwood said: 'I have come to...

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  • Life Style Sports Sponsors Connacht

    ... arrival of a new chief executive officer in the form of former player Willie Ruane. Life Style CEO Mark Stafford said: "With a revised European competition, new players, new coaching personnel and a new CEO coming in, it is a hugely exciting time for Connacht Rugby and its supporters and we are really looking forward to playing our part. "The unique identity of Connacht Rugby together with its growing, loyal support base in the West and throughout Ireland provides an excellent fit for Life Styl...

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  • Connacht Rugby CEO Steps Down

    Connacht Rugby CEO Tom Sears is to part company with the club by mutual consent after only 15 months in charge and negotiations are reportedly ongoing between Sears and the IRFU. This developed in the same week as IRFU chief executive Philip Browne responded to a reported €450,000-plus over spend in Connacht. However, it is believed that Sears' departure is not connected with those recent findings. It also comes as Pat Lam has only recently taken over from Eric Elwood as head coach but all p...

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  • Connacht and Elverys Intersport Re-Establish Link

    Elverys Intersport, one of Ireland’s leading sports retailers, is to be the new title sponsor and official retail partner of Connacht Rugby. The new three-year deal will re-establish Elverys’ relationship with Connacht Rugby dating back to 2005. They replace competitor Life Style Sports who agreed a four year deal just two years ago. Connacht had its most successful season in 2015/16 with the professional side winning the Guinness PRO12 competition and its first trophy in 131 years. That suc...

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  • Connacht Appoint Boyle As Head Of Operations

    ... inter-county footballer and captained successful teams at both underage and senior level for Claremorris GAA club. He played Rugby at underage level for Newbridge RFC as well. Connacht CEO Willie Ruane said: "We are delighted to have Karl on board with Connacht Rugby. There was significant interest in this position and we are delighted to have found a candidate of Karl’s calibre for what will be a challenging and exciting role. "Karl’s experience as a leader with Mountaineering Ireland and...

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  • Connacht CEO to Retire

    Connacht Rugby's chief executive officer, Gerry Kelly has announced that he is to step down at the end of the 2011/12 season. In 1999 Kelly became the first CEO of the club and has been at the helm of Connacht Rugby throughout the professional era. Commenting on his decision to retire, Gerry Kelly said:
"I've been fortunate enough to be part of Connacht Rugby for the last 30 odd years and I have seen the game grow at every level since then. I feel that it is the right time for me to pass on...

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  • Connacht Announce NUI Galway Partnership

    ... whilst also opening the door to further commercial, educational and research opportunities," he said. The partnership looks to address challenges facing elite athletes and offer support on issues such as nutrition, psychology and performance. Tom Sears, Connacht Rugby CEO, added: “Our new partnership with NUI Galway will enable Connacht Rugby to further enhance our holistic approach to elite player development. We have always sought to develop our players in every aspect of their lives, on an...

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  • Connacht's Saul Swings To Golf

    Alex Saul, formerly head of commercial and marketing at Connacht Rugby has been appointed group head of sales and marketing for Dublin-based Carr Golf Group. Carr Golf Group works with a range of golf clubs across Ireland, delivering management and advisory solutions, while also maintaining a lead role in creating bespoke, luxury golf travel solutions and events in Ireland and Scotland. Saul will be responsible for the development and implementation of marketing and growth strategies across the...

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  • Lam To Take Over At Connacht

    Connacht have announced Pat Lam as the successor to head coach Eric Elwood, with the 44-year-old signing a two-year deal. Lam will take the reins at the Irish province at the end of the season and his contract has an option to extend his stay at the club past the initial two years subject to certain conditions. The former Samoa international, who won the Heineken Cup with Northampton in 2000, recently finished a three-year stint in charge of the Blues in Super Rugby and says he is pleased to hav...

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