At the launch Glanbia, under their Avonmore Milk brand, announced details of their 2008 Munster Rugby Schools Cup sponsorship. The sponsorship package includes the Avonmore Milk Munster Schools Senior, Junior and Youths Cups as well as the Avonmore Milk Fair Play and Performance Awards.
Speaking on behalf of the sponsors, Kieran Oâ00Connor, Glanbia Sponsorship Manager said, "Glanbia are delighted to continue our association with Munster Rugby who have been fantastic ambassadors not alone for Rugby in Ireland but for all Irish sport. As a pure food company with a wide range of dairy and nutritional products we believe our involvement with both schools and youthâ00s rugby in the province is an ideal mix in promoting a healthy lifestyle for our youth through sport and healthy diet. The association of our Avonmore Milk brand with Munster Schools and Youths has been very successful over the past three seasons and we are eagerly looking forward to the 2008 Schools Cup Campaign and our continued sponsorship of the Munster Youths and Schools Teamsâ0.
Speaking at the launch, Nicholas Comyn, Vice President Munster Branch said, â00Munster Rugby are delighted once again to welcome Avonmore Milk as sponsors of two of the most important areas for the development of Munster Rugby namely Schools and Youths Rugby. The Senior and Junior Schools Cup sponsorship which we launch today is vital in maintaining the tradition and profile of these great Cup Competitions in Munster.
The Munster Schools Senior and Junior Cups remain the most prestigious competitions in schools rugby in Munster, and never fail to catch the imagination of rugby fans all over the province, with the involvement of old rivalries and new squads creating exciting opportunities to see the rugby stars of the future in action.
The Avonmore Milk Munster Schools Senior Cup competition remains the premier age grade competition in Munster and the highlight of the schools rugby calendar. The battle to capture this title remains as hard fought as it was when the competition started in 1909. Last yearâ00s beaten finalists Christian Brothers College meet Ardscoil Ris in the first quarter final on Feb 5th, with Rockwell College and Castletroy College also vying for a place in the semi finals on the same day. Defending champions PBC face a tantalizing quarter final against the 2006 champions St. Munchinâ00s College on Feb 6th, with qualifiers Glenstal Abbey School facing Crescent College Comprehensive on the same day after the Limerick side defeated Midleton College 6-5 in the qualifier.
The Avonmore Milk Munster Schools Junior Cup U15 competition continues to be the breeding ground for Munsterâ00s young talent. As per recent years, the last eight schools in the competition will have at least two matches in three rounds of quarter finals, rather than a straight knock out. Round One quarter final qualifying games taken place this week, with the second rounds taking place from the 19th-21st February next.
As in previous seasons the Avonmore Milk Fair Play and Performance Awards will be presented to the Schools who the judges select for playing rugby in a fair, competitive and sporting manner. Along with their Award the winning school will also receive a Sports Equipment Voucher.
Avonmore Milk Munster Schools Cups
ALL matches KO at 3pm.
Venues are ALL subject to change due to weather conditions etc. For latest details check http://www.munsterrugby.ie/ and click on the schools section in the Domestic Game page.
Avonmore Munster Schools Senior Cup
6th Feb 2008
A: Presentation Brothers College v St. Munchinâ00s College, Musgrave Park
5th Feb 2008
B: Rockwell College v Castletroy College, Clonmel RFC
6th Feb 2008
C: Glenstal Abbey School v Crescent College Comprehensive, Venue tbc
5th Feb 2008
D: Christian Brothers College v Ardscoil Ris, Temple Hill
27th Feb 2008
Winner A v Winner B â00 venue tbc
2nd March 2008
Winner C v Winner D â00 venue tbc
Avomore Milk Munster Schools Senior Cup Final
16th March 2008
Venue confirmed after semi final
Avonmore Milk Munster Schools Junior Cup
1st Feb 2008
A: Glenstal Abbey School v Rockwell College â00 venue tbc
30th Jan 2008
B: Crescent College Comprehensive 3 Castletroy College 12 â00 Old Crescent RFC
31st Jan 2008
C: St. Munchinâ00s College v Presentation Brothers College â00 venue tbc
30th Jan 2008
D: Christian Brothers College 17 Ardscoil Ris 7 â00 Musgrave Park
Round 2: 19th- 21st Feb 2008
Q1: Winner A v Crescent College Comprehensive
Q2: Castletroy College v Loser C
Q3: Winner C v Ard Scoil Ris
Q4: Christian Brothers College v Loser A
Semi Finals: 4th & 5th March 2008
Semi Final 1: Q1 v Q3
Semi Final 2: Q2 v Q4
Avonmore Milk Munster Schools Junior Cup Final
12th March 2008