Message from Nicky Comyn, President IRFU and Des Kavanagh, incoming President.
It is our privilege as President and incoming President of the Irish Rugby Football Union to extend our best wishes to Navan RFC for the 2020-’21 season.
We have all been counting down the days to when we can resume playing at club level since the 2019-20 season had to be prematurely ended on March 19th due to the COVID -19 pandemic.
On that account I congratulate the clubs of Ireland whose players and members – male and female – valiantly augmented the HSE and the front-line staffs, in the all round efforts against the deadly corona virus.
I also commend the clubs for their supportive role in consultation with the IRFU in bringing about the agreed modified programme for the 2020/’21 season in which player welfare and COVID-19 risk mitigation are the main considerations.
While the principal spotlight of our game focuses on our National and Provincial teams, the IRFU’s resolve for the well being of men’s and women’s club fare is evidenced in the various initiatives put in place to help increase the vibrancy of the club scene, of which this season’s one-off modified structure is an example.
After extensive consultation with the clubs we believe a most attractive and novel competitive fixtures preprogramme has emerged across the men’s and women’s game which sees the season split in two stages – Stage One between September and December confined to localised matches and incorporating the Energia Community Series; and Stage Two, the playing of a reformatted Energia All Ireland Leagues, commencing in January.
All told then, we share with you the exciting prospect of a busy and fulfilling club season for which we outline the gratitude of all our Union colleagues to Energia, the official energy partner to Irish rugby, highlighted by title sponsorship of the men’s and women’s All Ireland League competitions.
We wish all our club members a safe and enjoyable season,
A Message from our Sponsor
We at Energia are delighted to see the return of rugby and extremely proud to support the new Energia Community Series and 2021 Energia AIL competitions. Covid-19 has had a huge impact on our country and in some shape or form it has affected all of us nationwide. We would like to wish everyone well during what continues to be a very challenging time.
Lockdown gave people time to assess what was most important to them such as family and friends. Among many other things, the absence of sport was a reminder of just how much we love it.
At Energia we are extremely proud to support men’s and women’s rugby throughout Ireland – from being the Official Energy Partner to the IRFU and Leinster Rugby to our sponsorship of the Energia All-Ireland Leagues and Energia Park, we are committed to being the power behind the game at all levels up and down the country.
As rugby recommences in its various forms, it is more important than ever that we harness the power of #PositiveEnergy that is at the core of Energia’s rugby sponsorship at all levels. While fans at live games may be limited for some time, it is crucial that we support players in any way we can and we are committed to playing our part in shining a light on the game from grassroots right up to the national team.
We wish everyone involved in the game of rugby from players, to clubs, to volunteers, to the organisers well during this challenging time and we look forward to rugby being able to help lift the spirits of the nation once again.
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