Rugby inspired luxury clothing brand, Eden Park, has become the official formalwear supplier to the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU). The six-year deal sees Eden Park dress all members of the national squads, from youth to senior level, the management teams and backroom staff.
The deal is identical to one signed by the RFU, the governing body of English rugby, last year.
Former French international and founder of Eden Park, Franck Mesnel, said: "Eden Park has come a long way since 1987, when five Racing Club de France rugby players decided to design a set of rugby shirts for our friends. Irish rugby is all about passion and flair and we aim to recreate this flair and commitment to excellence in the formalwear that we will supply the squad."
Pat Fitzgerald, IRFU junior vice president, added: "Eden Park's rugby heritage and attention to detail make it an ideal partner for the IRFU. Being founded by ex-international rugby players means they know exactly what a rugby player requires and we are delighted Eden Park has committed to a long term contract with the Ireland rugby squad."
Finally Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll said: "Success on the rugby pitch starts with thorough preparation and the suits that Eden Park has provided the squad with will undoubtedly help us look and feel professional and smart off the pitch. The formalwear looks and feels great and we are looking forward to wearing them in New Zealand as we represent our country at the Rugby World Cup."
Eden Park has kicked off the deal by providing each member of the Ireland senior squad with a bespoke suit to wear at this year’s World Cup.