Electric Ireland Confirm Sponsorship for Three More Years
Irish and Bordeaux Begles fly-half, Ian Madigan was on hand today to launch Electric Ireland’s continued sponsorship of the Under 20’s Rugby Six Nations Championship Home Games. Ireland will host both France and England in Donnybrook on the Friday night preceding the Ireland Men’s 6 Nations fixtures against the same opposition. The U20 Home Series provide a unique opportunity to see Ireland’s up and coming talent in action and is an ideal way to introduce the next generation to international rugby.
As Ireland U20’s look ahead to a massive test against France this Friday (24th February) in Donnybrook, Madigan fondly remembers his own U20 encounters against Les Bleus. The former Blackrock and Leinster star put in a stunning man of the match performance to kick a last minute penalty back in 2009 and gave the U20’s a memorable win over France in their Six Nations opener. He went on to play 14 times for the U20’s before excelling with Leinster and the senior national team.
Speaking at the launch he said: “Playing U20 rugby for Ireland was a huge honour and a key stepping stone in my development as a rugby player. Pulling on a green jersey is always special and to do it with your peers and be part of a Six Nations weekend is an incredible opportunity. So many of the squad that I played with at U20 level have since gone on to become an integral part of Joe Schmidt’s current Ireland team; the likes of Conor Murray, Jack McGrath, Peter O’Mahony and many more. It really shows just how important games at this level are.”
The talented fly-half is encouraging rugby supporters to come along to the games which are competitively fought as well as providing an opportunity to see the next generation of Irish rugby talent: “We are very lucky in Ireland to have such a well-developed under-age system which prepares players for a professional career in the game. Playing rugby for Ireland is the ultimate dream for all players. U20s is a major milestone as can be seen from the list of players who then went onto play for their country. There is always a great atmosphere at the games, the quality of the action is excellent and I would encourage people to come along and show their support. As in any sport the home crowd always make a big difference.”
Niall Dineen, Head of Commercial at Electric Ireland said: “Electric Ireland has a long tradition of supporting young people in sport and we look forward to working with the IRFU and helping to promote this year’s U20’s Six Nations Home Games. At Electric Ireland, we are committed to rewarding loyalty and we would encourage rugby fans to come out and experience the Six Nations atmosphere and see Irish rugby’s future starts in action. Their talent, commitment and dedication to rugby is deserving of our support. We are therefore delighted to confirm that Electric Ireland has confirmed its support of the U20s Six Nations Home Series for a further three years up until the 2019/2020 season.”
Ireland will kick off their campaign against France on Friday, February 24th followed by a meeting with England on Friday, March 17th.
Details of games
Fri 24th February Ireland U20 v France U20 Donnybrook Stadium 20.00hrs
Fri 17th March Ireland U20 v EnglandU20 Donnybrook Stadium 18.00hrs