It has been a busy off season for Munster rugby. The rugby side has announced a new car and shirt sponsors as well as launching their new playing kit for the 2013/14 season.
Kit manufacturers adidas and Munster Rugby officially launched the club’s 2013/14 home and alternate kit last week.
The new Munster collegiate red ‘home’ jersey includes new features such as an adidas rugby collar with the six Munster counties embroidered into it, sub blue shoulder panelling and mesh panelling under the arms. The sub blue alternate jersey has a camouflage pattern embossed with the counties of Munster to create both textural and aesthetic appeal and also includes a new collegiate red adidas rugby collar stand and mesh panelling under the arm.
The jersey and kit are now available to buy in all Life Style Sports Stores and online at www.lifestylesports.com/munster
Munster’s new jersey sponsor is Bank of Ireland. The bank, which also sponsors Ulster and Leinster Rugby, has an agreement which is set to run for five seasons, continuing a long relationship with the Bank of Ireland dating back 15 years to 1998, firstly as main sponsor and more recently as official banking partner.
With deals aplenty off the field, Munster have added two players to their existing ranks for the coming season. Leinster winger Andrew Conway will join South African winger Gerhard van den Heever as the new recruits.
Conway (22), a senior schools cup winner with Blackrock College, joins from Munster’s rival province in a move that has raised eye brows amongst the rugby fraternity.
“I wanted to experience something new. Maybe I had come to a bit of a standstill at Leinster. I was getting game-time, but if everyone was fit and firing at the time I wouldn’t really have been making those Heineken 23s or the big games with Munster,” added the winger, who can also double as a full back.
The decision to switch between the two rivals was something Conway had thought long and hard about.
“I chatted to Rob Penney, I chatted to Simon Mannix, Niall O’Donovan, my old pair, a few of my mates. Took all things into account and decided to come down here and try something new, get out of my comfort zone,” continued Conway.