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  • Ulster Sign Over Ravenhill Naming Rights To Kingspan

    Ulster Rugby has signed a 10-year agreement with the Kingspan Group for the naming rights to their world famous Ravenhill stadium. The agreement will see Ravenhill, recently redeveloped to hold 18,000 spectators, renamed as the Kingspan Stadium and will result in significant investment for the game of rugby at all levels within the province, with the Belfast Telegraph reporting that the deal will be worth £4m over ten years. Kingspan has been a sponsor of Ulster Rugby since 1999 and the deal is...

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  • Ulster Agree New Deal With Kukri

    Ulster have agreed a five-year extension to their deal with sportswear brand Kukri, meaning they will remain the official kit supplier until the end of the 2018/19 season. The deal, which also sees Kukri become the retailer for the official Ulster shop at Ravenhill, is one of Kukri’s biggest and group director Phil Morris is happy to be staying involved with the Irish province. "This is great news for us and we are delighted to continue our successful partnership with Ulster. Ulster Rugby has...

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  • Ulster Bank Extends IRFU Deal

    Ulster Bank has extended its sponsorship agreement with the IRFU until at least 2018 and the bank will continue as the title sponsor of the All-Ireland League. Ulster Bank is the official community rugby partner of the IRFU and has been helping club rugby at a community level for the past six years, investing in the domestic game through the sponsorship and resulting initiatives like the Ulster Bank League Awards and Ulster Bank RugbyForce. The latter has provided rugby clubs with the chance to...

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  • Ulster Announce New Head Coach

    Ulster Rugby have confirmed that Mark Anscombe has been appointed as head coach from season 2012-13 on a two year contract. Anscombe has just finished a three year term as head coach of the Auckland ITM Cup side. He was also head coach of the New Zealand U20 side that won the Junior World Championships in Italy last year.  “It has been a long and detailed process but we’re now delighted to confirm that Mark will be joining us next season.” commented Ulster’s director of rugby David Hu...

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  • Abbey Insurance Back Ulster Stand And Academy

    Abbey Insurance has announced two major sponsorship agreements with Ulster Rugby. The three-year partnership will see Northern Ireland's largest locally owned insurance broker sponsor the Ulster Rugby Academy and Kingspan Stadium's Family Stand. The exclusive agreement will see the Aquinas end stand at Kingspan Stadium renamed the Abbey Insurance Family Stand with the brand rolling out a range of family friendly match day initiatives throughout the season. The Academy will be branded the Abbey I...

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  • Ulster's Logan Pushes Back At Critics

    Ulster Rugby’s chief executive, Shane Logan has pushed backed against critics calling for his resignation by publishing a 13-minute video interview through the club website. Under-performance of the pro-team and recent resignations of popular and competent coaches (namely Les Kiss and Jonno Gibbes) fuelled ex-players Paddy Wallace and Stephen Ferris to call for Logan’s head. When Logan was appointed in 2010 his long-term plan was to transform Ulster into a top side in "Ireland, Europe and in...

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  • Ulster Bank Roadshow To Advise Irish Clubs

    The Irish sports business publishing and events organiser, Sport for Business is hitting the road over the next three weeks with a special “Help for What Matters” Rugby Club Roadshow backed by Ulster Bank and supported by the IRFU. The roadshow will visit Galway (Feb 28th), Limerick (Mar 5th), Cork (6th), Dublin (7th) and Belfast (13th) providing practical knowledge and help in areas of importance to clubs ranging from sponsorship and fundraising through to grant application and building a p...

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  • Ulster fly high with ACS

    Aircraft charter provider Air Charter Service (ACS) has announced a one-year sponsorship deal with Ulster Rugby. ACS will provide aircraft arrangements for the team as they travel to league fixtures in the United Kingdom and to Heineken Cup matches in Europe for the 2011/12 season.The new deal marks an extension of the partnership between the two parties. Matthew Purton, commercial jet director for ACS, said: “We charter aircraft for many of the world’s biggest sports teams, so we have a gr...

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  • Ulster get funding for Ravenhill redevelopment

    Ulster are planning to redevelop their Ravenhill home after receiving £14.7 million from the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure. The money will help fund the construction of three new stands, which will increase the capacity from 11,400 to 18,000, and the club is looking for a naming partner for the new stadium, a strategy that is in vogue as both Twickenham and Murrayfield are reportedly considering doing the same. Northern Ireland based building contractor Gilbert-Ash NI Ltd has been tas...

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  • Ulster to Appoint New Head Coach

    Ulster Rugby today confirmed that the club will appoint a new head coach for the 2012-13 season. Current coach Brian McLaughlin will be moving to a senior coaching position within the Ulster Academy, on a permanent contract. Ulster director of rugby David Humphreys today addressed the media speculation that surfaced last week around Brian McLaughlin's future as head coach. "While we are not yet in a position to confirm who our Head Coach will be for next season, I can confirm that Brian will rem...

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