Deep RoverRock extend sponsor deal
Deep RiverRock is renewing its commitment to provincial rugby and today announced a further three-year partnership with Connacht Rugby as 'Official Hydration Partner'.
The popular water brand Deep RiverRock has already supported Connacht Rugby for more than three years.
At the launch of the partnership, Deep RiverRock sponsorship manager Robert Crabbe said: "We are proud to renew our commitment to Connacht Rugby as official hydration partner for the next three years.
"We know that hydration is an important part of staying on top of your game, and hope that Deep RiverRock's investment and hydration support will help to strengthen the team performance.
"For the coming season, we plan to leverage our sponsorship to celebrate the Connacht Rugby fans and put them at the heart of the action.
"We have a calendar of activity that will reward some of the provinces most dedicated fans with 'money can't buy' experiences, exclusive prizes to be won online and in-stores, and fan-zones at games and other key events."
Deep RiverRock also brings the 'Think Straight, HYDRATE' message across the country, and has renewed its sponsorship of Leinster, Munster and Ulster Rugby.
Brian Mahony, head of commercial and marketing for Connacht Rugby, added: "We are delighted to extend our partnership with Deep River Rock.
"We think it is a great fit for our club and that the partnership will give some exciting opportunities to our fans.
"The genuine level of enthusiasm from our partners to renew their commitment to the exciting journey which Connacht Rugby is on has been fantastic to see."
For more information about fan celebrations and prizes, visit the Deep RiverRock Facebook page: www.facebook.com/DeepRiverRock.
Workout for U-16s
Connacht Rugby and IRFU elite player development officers Ambrose Conboy and Mossy Lawler, along with Connacht's Eric Elwood, took the Connacht U-16 squad for a skills session at the Sportsground last Friday.
The mid-term session brought together 35-40 of the best U-16 players from the province's 27 clubs together for a full day's training at the home of Connacht Rugby in Galway.
Throughout the season the players are organised in Regional Development Squads throughout five regions and had played trial matches with their respective regions earlier on in the week.
The programme is overseen by provincial talent coach Colm Tucker and the sessions were observed by some of Connacht Rugby's club & community rugby officers.
Tucker commented: "It is fantastic to expose the Connacht U-16 squad to the level of coaching provided by Ambrose, Mossy and Eric, which complements the excellent work being done on the ground by our CDOs and CCROs during their weekly skills sessions.
"Our focus for all these players is skill development centred around the big 4 - Catch-pass/Tackle/Breakdown and Ball-carry.
"The clubs and schools deserve great credit for buying into the programme at this age group.
"This aligned approach by the Branch and clubs/ schools is vital and the key message that cannot be lost is the player and their enjoyment playing the game and development."