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Thursday 27 July 2017

Munster Rugby eyes 2017 for Thomond Park naming deal

Munster’s Simon Zebo gets away from Marc Andreu of Castres at Thomond Park. Photo: Sportsfile
Munster’s Simon Zebo gets away from Marc Andreu of Castres at Thomond Park. Photo: Sportsfile
Gavin McLoughlin

Gavin McLoughlin

Munster Rugby has pitched the naming rights to Thomond Park to some 10 companies as it seeks to ramp up efforts to conclude a deal.

"There has been a number of interested parties and presentations have been made to a number of parties… you don't set yourself a deadline really but we would think that 2017 could be a good year and the timing is good," Munster chief executive Garrett Fitzgerald told the Sunday Independent.

Fitzgerald acknowledged that not all fans would agree with selling the naming rights but said the vast bulk are supportive.

"If you go back 10 or 15 years ago I suppose it wasn't accepted as much, but I think people understand it. They know your competitors are doing it, it's part of how the whole commercial world has developed.

"If we thought it was a huge big issue and it was something that was going to affect support we wouldn't be considering it but all our research and everything we've done says there is support from over 90pc," Fitzgerald said.

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