The Portwest Moment of the Season Award is back for 2019/20, and this time it’s better than ever.
 
The Moment of the Season Award is a collaboration between Connacht Rugby and Portwest Ireland, and celebrates the special moments that take place every day across the province.
 
Last year’s awards acknowledged moments like Beibhinn Parsons’ record-breaking Ireland debut, CBS Roscommon’s historic breakthrough in Schools Rugby, a wonderful moment of inclusion from the Association of Referees Connacht Branch, and plenty more.
 

Now we’re on the lookout for the rugby moments that struck you the most this season, and this time around we’ve made a few adjustments to ensure *every* moment can be recognised.
 
Here’s how it works…

  • Between now and the end of April, we are accepting nominations from the public for potential winners of the Moment of the Season award. Nominations can be submitted in two ways.

    • Post a picture of the moment with a few lines about it to your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram account, and tag @ConnachtRugby and @PortwestIreland in the post (make sure the account you post from is public to ensure your entry is seen).
    • Email the picture and a few lines about the entry to [email protected]
  • Every moment is eligible for entry as long as it occurred at some point during the 2019/20 rugby season.
  • This year we are encouraging entrants which capture the essence of Irish Rugby’s core values: Excellence, Fun, Inclusivity, Integrity and Respect.
  • When submitting your moment, make sure to tell us why you feel it encapsulates one or more of those five values.
  • In early May Connacht Rugby and Portwest will collate all the entrants and a judging panel will pick the moments they feel best embodies each of the five values. Representatives from each of these moments will then be formally invited to the 2020 Connacht Rugby Awards night on Sunday 31st May at the Galmont Hotel, Galway.
  • At the awards, the overall winner of the Portwest Moment of the Season will then be named.

All that’s left to do now is get your nominations in! The best of luck to everyone who enters.

Connacht Rugby and Portwest have announced a new three year jersey sponsorship deal. This is the first foray into the world of rugby for outdoor and workwear company Portwest. The company logo will appear on the sleeve of the new jersey which will be unveiled in July.

Owned by brothers Cathal, Harry and Owen Hughes, Portwest is the fastest growing workwear company in the world and confidently expect turnover to reach €350 million by 2021. Portwest has three high street outdoor shops in Galway and Westport.

Commenting on the new partnership, Connacht Rugby CEO Willie Ruane said:

“We are delighted to welcome Portwest on board with us in what is a really exciting partnership for both parties. While Portwest operate on a worldwide scale, they are a local, West of Ireland company whose values are very much aligned to our own.”

 “This is an exciting new sponsorship for Portwest”, said Owen Hughes, Acquisition and Financial Director at Portwest Limited, “We see this as a perfect match – two high achieving west of Ireland enterprises constantly innovating and sharing a confident, can-do attitude. We look forward to working with Connacht Rugby into the future”.

Portwest Group Chairman Cathal Hughes also welcomed the new partnership, saying, “We are very happy to work with Connacht Rugby. Although we are a global company, we remain strongly committed to supporting our local community. This is an ideal opportunity to partner with a proud sporting team who carry the west of Ireland standard high wherever they go”.

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