New sponsors for Ireland Women's Rugby team

The Ireland Women's Senior Rugby team will be wearing a new jersey when they defend their 6 Nations Grand Slam title this season.

The three-year jersey partnership, the first of its kind for the team, will see the Aon logo displayed on the jersey for the first time.

Ireland take on Scotland in the first game of their 6 Nations defence tomorrow at 7:30pm in Ashbourne RFC.

Speaking at the launch of the sponsorship, Women's captain Fiona Coghlan, said: "It is fantastic that Aon have given their backing to the women's game as it is a real recognition of the hard work that everyone involved in the game has put in over the year, which ultimately resulted in our 6 Nations win last year.

"As we head into the defence of our 6 Nations championship we are very proud to have such a strong partner on our Irish jersey.”

IRFU president Pat Fitzgerald said: "We are delighted to welcome Aon to the Irish rugby family and especially pleased that it is our Women's team that they have decided to put their support behind.

"Women's rugby has grown strongly and the success of our women in the RBS 6 Nations has been fantastic for the sport. Now, with a strong partner like Aon we are confident the growth of our women's game will go from strength to strength.”

Richard Endersen, chief executive officer , Aon Ireland, said: "Aon has enjoyed a strong working relationship with the Irish Rugby Football Union for many years.

"That is why we are delighted and honoured to have been selected as the first-ever sponsors of the Ireland Women's Rugby Team.

"Captain Fiona Coghlan and her team have shown tremendous character and commitment over the last few years, culminating with their major success in 2013.

We are confident that 2014 will be another successful season, and everyone at Aon Ireland is proud to support them as they begin their title defence."

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