The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) has announced that accountancy giant PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has extended its sponsorship agreement with the organisation for a further four years.
The deal sees PwC continue as the shirt sponsor of the Ireland under-20, Ireland under-19, Ireland under-18 club and schools teams.
As part of the renewal, PwC will work with the IRFU to develop a mentoring programme for the under-20 players in areas such as learning and development, interview processes and general advice on professional workforce entry.
Ronan Murphy, a senior partner at PwC, said: "We are delighted to continue our support of the IRFU and Irish rugby. Our association with Irish rugby is a perfect fit for our business where qualities such as leadership, teamwork and a determination to win are key ingredients for success.
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"Training and development are also critical in business and in sport and it is great to see members of the current senior team having come through the Under-20s and now representing Ireland at the top level.”
Pat Fitzgerald, commercial and marketing chairman of the IRFU, said: "The IRFU is pleased to be continuing our partnership with PwC. It is a very positive development to have such a strong name associated with our up and coming players.”
"It is especially pleasing to be announcing details of the new mentoring programme that is aimed at providing sound advice for young players in their progression into the professional workforce during and after their rugby careers."