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PINERGY Extends Energy Partnership With Munster Rugby

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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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Ulster ring the changes for Munster

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The Ulster match-day squad has been named to face Munster in Round 2 of the Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup on Friday (Thomond Park, 8.15pm kick-off).

There are nine changes to the side that travelled to Leicester last Friday. In the back three, Jacob Stockdale and Ethan McIlroy are retained at full-back and left-wing respectively, with Rob Lyttle coming in to start on the right. Will Addison will make his first start this season at outside centre, partnering up with Stuart McCloskey. Michael Lowry and Alby Mathewson will form the starting half-back partnership.

It’s all-change in the front row, with Andrew Warwick and Tom O’Toole getting the nod at loosehead and tighthead prop, and John Andrew named at hooker. Last week’s second row pairing of Alan O’Connor and Iain Henderson has been retained, and Henderson will lead the side. In the back row, Marcus Rea is named to start at openside flanker with Jordi Murphy making the switch to blindside, and David McCann is selected at Number Eight.

Angus Curtis makes a long-awaited return to the Ulster match-day squad for the first time since he sustained a serious knee injury in December 2019, and is named among the replacements. He is joined by David Shanahan and James Hume in providing back line cover. Wallaby lock Sam Carter is also set for his return to action, and he joins Rob Herring, Callum Reid, Marty Moore and Nick Timoney as the forward options on the bench.

Ulster team to play Munster Rugby, Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup Round 2, Friday 7 May at Thomond Park (kick-off 8.15pm, live on Premier Sports):

(15-9) Jacob Stockdale, Rob Lyttle, Will Addison, Stuart McCloskey, Ethan McIlroy, Michael Lowry, Alby Mathewson;

(1-8) Andrew Warwick, John Andrew, Tom O’Toole, Alan O’Connor, Iain Henderson (Capt.), Jordi Murphy, Marcus Rea, David McCann.

Replacements: Rob Herring, Callum Reid, Marty Moore, Sam Carter, Nick Timoney, David Shanahan, Angus Curtis, James Hume.

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Huge boost for Ulster as Henderson & Addison return

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The Ulster match-day squad to play Connacht in Friday’s opening round of the Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup has been named (kick-off 8.15pm, Kingspan Stadium).

Iain Henderson makes his return to lead the side and will be partnered by Kieran Treadwell in the second row. Andrew Warwick comes in to start at loosehead prop, with Tom O’Toole at tighthead and Rob Herring selected to start at hooker. In the back row, Matty Rea comes in at blindside flanker, with Sean Reidy at openside, and Nick Timoney completing the pack at Number Eight.

Jacob Stockdale makes a positional switch to full-back, and will be joined by Ethan McIlroy and Robert Baloucoune in the back three. Stewart Moore will form the midfield partnership with James Hume, and John Cooney and Billy Burns are named as the starting half-backs.

Will Addison is set to make his return from a lengthy spell on the sidelines as he is named among the Ulster back line replacements alongside David Shanahan and Michael Lowry. John Andrew, Eric O’Sullivan, Ross Kane, Alan O’Connor and Greg Jones are the forward options on the bench.

Ulster team to play Connacht Rugby, Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup Round 1, Friday 23 April at Kingspan Stadium (kick-off 8.15pm, live on Premier Sports):

(15-9) Jacob Stockdale, Robert Baloucoune, James Hume, Stewart Moore, Ethan McIlroy, Billy Burns, John Cooney;

(1-8) Andrew Warwick, Rob Herring, Tom O’Toole, Kieran Treadwell, Iain Henderson (Capt.), Matty Rea, Sean Reidy, Nick Timoney.

Replacements: John Andrew, Eric O’Sullivan, Ross Kane, Alan O’Connor, Greg Jones, David Shanahan, Michael Lowry, Will Addison.

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Munster confirm Zebo signing

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Munster Rugby and the IRFU are pleased to announce that Simon Zebo has signed a one-year contract to return to play with the province for the 2021/22 season.

This co-funded contract will see Munster’s all-time record try-scorer return from Racing 92 and line out for his home club where he made 144 appearances and scored 60 tries between 2010 and 2018.

In his third season with the Top 14 side, the 31-year-old has played 55 times and scored 21 tries to date.

Head Coach Johann van Graan said, “The opportunity to bring Simon back to Munster came about in early April following a final review of our squad’s budgetary position for season-end and with assistance from the IRFU to support what we believe is a really good deal for Munster and Irish Rugby.

“Simon’s desire to return to Ireland and play with his home club is illustrated by his willingness to sign at a level below his market value elsewhere. This has made bringing the province’s all-time leading try-scorer back home, possible.”

Simon Zebo said, “I am thrilled and honoured to be coming back home to play for Munster. My family and I have been so lucky to have enjoyed three incredible years with Racing 92 in Paris and I cannot thank the team there enough, I really have made friends for life and take with me some brilliant memories.

“However, as everyone knows, Munster holds a very special place in my heart and I’ve always said that I wanted to play for them and potentially Ireland again, so when this opportunity arose the lure of being close to home, family and friends and Munster fans, it outweighed all other options. I cannot wait to get back to the HPC with the team and hopefully a packed Thomond Park.”

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