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PINERGY Extends Energy Partnership With Munster Rugby



PINERGY, Munster Rugby’s official energy partner, have extended their partnership with the province through to the end of the 2021 season.

The partnership and PINERGY’s role as official energy partner will now run for at least six seasons.

The company will continue to activate its sponsorship through a third year of the innovative #WeAre16 campaign “recognising the unique energy, determination and passion of the Munster Rugby fans.”

A number of new initiatives to enhance the fan experience will be unveiled this season. These will include unique #WeAre16 heated zones in Thomond Park where fans can build their energy before kick-off, at half-time and after the final whistle.

Another initiative will see a number of new electric vehicle charging points installed at Thomond Park.

Throughout this season PINERGY will be activating the new ‘Family of Fans’ competition on Facebook recognising the energy of Munster’s fan families.

A Munster family will win four match day tickets, free electricity for a year and other prizes for key matches during the season.

PINERGY is also a proud supporter of the Munster Rugby Supporters Club Choir, the first provincial rugby choir of its kind.

PINERGY is now also the official energy insights partner to Munster Rugby.  The Player of the Match will be enhanced by the awarding of a PINERGY Power Player for every game based on the analytics from that game, and shared across PINERGY’s social media channels.

As part of the partnership, Munster Rugby will be accessing PINERGY’s Smart Business platform to better manage, monitor and reduce its energy consumption through energy data insights. PINERGY will continue to supply both Thomond Park and Irish Independent Park with 100% renewable energy for the duration of this agreement.

Enda Gunnell, Chief Executive Officer for PINERGY said: “PINERGY has been a proud partner of Munster Rugby since 2014. Today we’re delighted to announce a two-year extension to our partnership. In addition to providing Thomond Park and Irish Independent Park with 100% green energy, we’re going to help Munster Rugby better manage, monitor and reduce their energy consumption through our Smart Business platform. We’re also introducing new initiatives for fans including the #WeAre16 Zones to keep the Munster faithful energised throughout the season, and charge points for electric vehicles at Thomond Park to emphasise the Stadium’s green credentials.”

Ian Flanagan, Chief Executive Officer, Munster Rugby commented: “PINERGY has been a valued partner of Munster Rugby for a number of seasons so I’m proud to announce that our official energy partnership with PINERGY has been extended to the end of 2020/2021 season, as one of my first announcements as Munster Rugby CEO. We welcome the smarter energy solutions PINERGY has brought to Thomond Park and Irish Independent Park and we look forward to working with them this coming season to explore better ways to manage our energy off the pitch. PINERGY’S #WeAre16 campaign has resonated strongly with our fans and we’re confident the innovations they are introducing this season will prove popular.”

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Joey Carbery set for return this weekend for Munster



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The Munster team has been named for Friday night’s Guinness PRO14 clash against Cardiff Blues at the Cardiff Arms Park (8pm).

There are six changes to the starting XV that defeated Edinburgh last time out, while in the replacements there is the welcome return of Joey Carbery who is named in his first match-day squad since January 2020.

The opening try scorer in Murrayfield last weekend, Jack O’Donoghue captains the side for Friday night’s encounter as he and Chris Cloete are joined by Jack O’Sullivan in the back row.

Fineen Wycherley scrums down next to Jean Kleyn in the engine room with Kevin O’Byrne stepping into the front row in between James Cronin and John Ryan.

Shane Daly returns from Ireland camp to retain his position on the left wing with Calvin Nash named on the opposite flank as Mike Haley completes the back three at full-back.

The centre partnership sees Rory Scannell lining up next to Damian de Allende and Nick McCarthy joins JJ Hanrahan in the half-back pairing.

If sprung from the bench Billy Holland will move ahead of Ronan O’Gara for all-time Munster appearances and become the second most capped player for the province for his 241st appearance in red.

Paddy Patterson is in line to make his Munster debut as he provides the scrum-half cover.

Find out you need to know ahead of the game here.

Munster: Mike Haley; Calvin Nash, Rory Scannell, Damian de Allende, Shane Daly; JJ Hanrahan, Nick McCarthy; James Cronin, Kevin O’Byrne, John Ryan; Jean Kleyn, Fineen Wycherley; Jack O’Donoghue (C), Chris Cloete, Jack O’Sullivan.

Replacements: Niall Scannell, Liam O’Connor, Roman Salanoa, Billy Holland, Gavin Coombes, Paddy Patterson, Joey Carbery, Darren Sweetnam.

Player News: Academy lock Thomas Ahern was unavailable for selection after picking up a knock in training this week.

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Hear from Defence Coach JP Ferreira and Liam O’Connor ahead of the game.

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Huge boost for Ulster & Ireland as Henderson signs new deal



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Ulster captain, Iain Henderson, who has represented the province on 116 occasions, has secured his future with the club for the next two years.

Craigavon-born Henderson, who took up the role of Ulster captain in 2019, has progressed through the Ulster development system. Starting with mini rugby at Academy RFC, his early playing career saw him reach the final of the Danske Bank Schools Cup in 2010 with Belfast Royal Academy, represent Queen’s University Belfast as well as Ireland at Age-Grade level, before quickly rising through the ranks of senior professional rugby in the province.

Iain, who captained Ireland for the first time against France in this year’s Guinness Six Nations, made his international debut against South Africa in November 2012 and has won 60 caps to date for his country. 

A Lions tourist in 2017, Iain succeeded Rory Best as Ulster captain in 2019.  

David Nucifora, IRFU Performance Director, commented,

“Over the past few seasons Iain has really developed into a leader within both the Ireland and Ulster squads. He is part of the national leadership group, captaining Ireland recently for the first time and we are delighted to have ensured that he continues his career in Ireland.”

Iain Henderson, commented,

“It has been a great honour to captain both Ulster and Ireland in recent times. Irish rugby is in a good place despite the disruption the sport has experienced during the pandemic. As professionals, we have been in a privileged position to be able to continue playing and I know we all hope to see supporters back in the Aviva and Kingspan in the near future.”

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Ulster issue positive update on Coetzee injury



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Many Ulster fans feared they may have seen the last appearance of Springbok Marcell Coetzee in an Ulster shirt after he was helped from the field on Friday night but a medical update has been issued which appears to be more positive than what was initially feared.

Update below:

The Ulster Rugby Medical Performance Team has issued a squad update ahead of Friday’s Guinness PRO14 Round 13 fixture against Ospreys at Kingspan Stadium.

Marcell Coetzee suffered a thigh muscle contusion in Ulster Rugby’s Guinness PRO14 Round 12 match against Glasgow Warriors. His availability for selection for the upcoming game against Ospreys will be assessed through the coming week.

There are no other new injury concerns arising from Friday night’s game at Scotstoun Stadium.

Squad updates in association with The Ulster Independent Clinic.

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