Opel drives Irish rugby for next three years

Ireland rugby player Hugo Keenan with Michael Collopy of the  IRFU; James Brooks, Opel Ireland; fellow rugby player David Kilcoyne; and the much-anticipated new Opel Mokka, available in petrol, diesel and all-electric powertrains. Photo: Jason Clarke.

Ireland rugby player Hugo Keenan with Michael Collopy of the IRFU; James Brooks, Opel Ireland; fellow rugby player David Kilcoyne; and the much-anticipated new Opel Mokka, available in petrol, diesel and all-electric powertrains. Photo: Jason Clarke.

Opel Ireland has become the new, exclusive car partner to the IRFU in a three-year Irish rugby sponsorship agreement spanning both the men’s and women’s international teams.

The partnership sees Opel providing a fleet of new Opel passenger cars and light commercial vehicles to IRFU personnel during the course of the agreement which commenced on July 1. Opel’s partnership benefit will include numerous in-match and digital branding opportunities and player appearances.

It kicked off for real last Saturday at the Ireland v Japan Vodafone Summer Series home match, and the official launch was marked at the Aviva Stadium, attended by Irish rugby players Hugo Keenan and David Kilcoyne, James Brooks, managing director at Opel Ireland and Michael Collopy, chairman of commercial and marketing committee, IRFU.

James Brooks said the IRFU was the ideal platform for Opel.

“We are delighted to be the vehicle of choice at the IRFU. Our announcement has come at the crux of one of the most important years in our brand’s 160-year history.

“2021 marks a new era for Opel, when we bring to market a whole host of new models, deliver a completely new Opel design direction, and continue the rapid roll out of our electric car and van range. Our partnership with the IRFU is the perfect platform upon which we can build the Opel brand in Ireland.”

The IRFU's Michael Collopy added: “We are proud to welcome Opel as a sponsor and official car partner. Opel is a renowned and trusted brand in Ireland with a rich and deep heritage and I know the Irish rugby supporter will join me in welcoming them to the rugby family. We look forward to our journey together.

 

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