Seventh season of Electric Ireland support for Buccaneer’s staging of home games
Athlone, Wednesday 25th January: Electric Ireland today announced their continued support for Buccaneers Rugby Football Club’s staging of the upcoming U-20 Six Nations Championship home games in Dubarry Park, Athlone.
This is the seventh year that Electric Ireland (previously as ESB) has sponsored the hosting of Ireland’s home games at the Athlone stadium in association with Buccaneers. At today’s announcement were Irish U20 Internationals, Daniel Qualter (buccaneers/connacht), Patrick Jackson (Dungannon/Ulster), JJ Hanrahan (UL Bohemian/Munster) and Conor Gilsenan (UCD/Leinster).
Electric Ireland Commercial Manager Ken McKervey said Electric Ireland was delighted to continue the tradition of supporting the home showcase of the best of the emerging young talent in Irish Rugby “We have enjoyed a long and successful partnership with the home series, and are delighted to be continuing our involvement in 2012. In the past we have been treated to some outstanding encounters in Athlone, and certainly we are looking forward to three very competitive home games this year against Wales, Italy and Scotland.”
Welcoming the continued support Electric Ireland sponsorship of the Athlone hosting brings, Buccaneers RFC President Ted Carty acknowledged the support of the IRFU in bringing prestigious international fixtures to the heartland of the country. He expressed his delight at so many young Buccaneers being involved with the squad with six taking part in recent trial games.
Ireland will be coached again this year by Mike Ruddock, but will have a new team manager in Brian Roantree.
Ireland will play three home matches in Athlone against Wales February 3rd, Italy February 24th and Scotland March 9th.
Each of these games will also be televised on RTE 2.