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  • IRUPA Becomes Rugby Players Ireland

    The Irish Rugby Union Players Association has been re-named 'Rugby Players Ireland'. Rugby Players Ireland, the member association for Ireland's past and present professional Rugby and female international Players, has stated their intention of making Ireland the best place in the world to play the game - on and off the pitch. Chairman Rob Kearney unveiled the new name and vision founded on their belief of the important role Ireland's Players have as key stakeholders in developing Rugby in the c...

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  • Hassanein To Become CEO Of International Players' Union

    Rugby Players Ireland (formerly IRUPA) confirmed that CEO, Omar Hassanein is to leave the organisation to take up a position as CEO of the International Rugby Players Association (IRPA). Omar was appointed in April 2011 serving six years as CEO. Hassanein’s appointment to the International Association comes after a period of growth for Rugby Players Ireland, now regarded internationally as one of the world’s leading player associations. The organisation’s staff has grown from 2 to 13 durin...

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  • Keogh Appointed Rugby Players Ireland CEO

    Rugby Players Ireland, the official Players’ union for all professional Rugby Players in Ireland, has announced the appointment of Simon Keogh as chief executive officer. After a thorough recruitment process, the board concluded that Keogh’s leadership skills and considerable experience and achievements in the area of player welfare made him the ideal candidate for the role. Keogh, a Heineken Cup winner with Leinster in 2009 and one of the original signatories in the establishment of the Iri...

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  • Electric Ireland Sponsors Ireland U20 Games

    Irish electricity provider Electric Ireland is sponsoring all of the country’s three home games in the upcoming Under 20’s Six Nations Championship. Ireland kick off their campaign against Wales on Friday, followed by a meeting with Italy on Friday March 11 and the final home game is against Scotland on March 18, with all three matches taking place on the artificial pitch at Donnybrook in Dublin. The announcement was made alongside U20 Players James Ryan, Kelvin Brown, Max Deegan and Cillian...

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  • Tax Break For Irish Players

    Changes to tax rules in Ireland have been proposed to allow Rugby Players, and other sportsmen, to reside anywhere in Europe on retirement and still claim the 'sportsman’s tax relief'. They would also allow Players to claim for any 10 years rather than compulsorily claiming for their last year as part of the relief. Ronan O'Gara is the latest Irish Rugby player to become eligible for a major tax break on income earned in Ireland during his career, having retired as a player with Munster and...

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  • Samsung Joins Forces With Leinster

    Leinster Rugby have partnered with Samsung Electronics IT and Mobile Ireland, making the electronics company their official technology partner. The agreement will see academy and senior Players using Samsung devices to analyse and improve their training regimes, while staff will use the technology to monitor player training levels in order to provide personal training programmes that will maximise Players' performance. Leinster chief executive, Mick Dawson, said: "The technology that Samsung wi...

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  • Ireland RL Sign Up McGettigan's As Title Sponsors

    Rugby League Ireland have announced a new title sponsorship by McGettigan’s for the 2015 season. This exclusive sponsorship agreement sees the McGettigan’s branding across all the teams involved in Rugby league in Ireland from the domestic clubs, schools, students, State of Origin, wheelchair and Senior teams. It also sees Rugby league coming to the Carlisle Grounds in Bray where the Student 4 Nations will be held. Rugby League Ireland director Richard Egan said: "RLI are delighted to announ...

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  • Ireland To Bid For Rugby World Cup In 2023

    At the International Rugby Board (IRB) conference this week Ireland revealed that it is considering making a bid for the Rugby World Cup in 2023. Ireland has reportedly been considering a bid for over a year having seen New Zealand stage the event in 2011 and if it does go ahead, the plan is for games to be played in both the north and south of the country at Rugby union and gaelic games venues.  Ireland’s sports minister Leo Varadkar says hosting the world's third biggest sporting event wo...

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  • Bank Of Ireland To Sponsor Munster Again

    Munster is set to announce the Bank of Ireland as its new principal shirt sponsor after the deal with Toyota comes to an end this summer. The Bank, which also sponsors rivals Leinster and Ulster and was Connacht’s major sponsor for 15 years until 2011 as well, is returning to sponsor the Thomond Park outfit after ending a six-year sponsorship of the club back in 2004. Toyota has been Munster’s main sponsor ever since but the Bank of Ireland is now set to replace the car manufacturer on a fi...

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  • RWC 2023 Could Be Worth €800m To Ireland

    A successful bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023 could generate an economic return of €800m to Ireland, reports Sport For Business. The figures are to be expanded upon at the European Sport Tourism Summit in Limerick next month and Keith Wood of W2 Consulting, who are hosting the Summit, provided a glimpse into the potential financial benefits of hosting the tournament. He said: "I believe that a Rugby World Cup in Ireland is one of few that would would break even as Ireland is such a popu...

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