Magners Irish Cider Extends Magners League

Magners Irish Cider has announced today that it has extended its sponsorship of the Magners League for a further two years. The agreement will see Magners continue as title sponsor of the competition until at least May 2011.

Magners Irish Cider extends Magners League sponsorship

Currently midway through their third season as title sponsor, the Magners renewal comes at an exciting time for the league with Celtic Rugby confirming at the start of the season that a play-off structure will be introduced from 2009/10 onwards.

Stephen Kent, Marketing Director, Wm Magner Ltd said: "Our relationship with Celtic Rugby has been productive and rewarding over the last three years and we are delighted to be extending our partnership. Since the first year of sponsorship the stature of the Magners League has increased significantly; the next two seasons will mark a new stage in the development of the tournament, particularly with the introduction of season ending playoffs and we are excited about the prospect of being involved in this process."

David Jordan, Director of Celtic Rugby, also commented:

"I am delighted that our partnership with Magners Irish Cider will be continuing until at least May 2011. The support and enthusiasm that Magners has shown in partnering and investing in our league has been self evident to all our stakeholders. In the three years since Magners have come on board we have seen a dramatic increase in attendances at matches and a substantial improvement in the competitiveness and attractiveness of our tournament.

"I believe that it is fair to say that the Magners League now commands huge respect in European and World Rugby and the success of our teams when they transcend into other tournaments, and when Magners League players take to the International stage, is demonstrated by the fact that last season all European cross border silverware was held in Celtic Rugby hands: Munster, European Champions; Ospreys, Anglo Welsh Cup holders and Wales, grand slam RBS 6 Nations winners. This season the trend looks even better with attendancesahead of last year by 20%, fourteams inEuropean quarter finals and Ireland taking the 2009 six nations championship with a grand slam.

"Magners Irish Cider has played an integral part in creating the credibility and success that the Magners League now commands andeverybody within Celtic Rugby looks forward to continuing that success, especially with the introduction of end of season play-offs which is an important step forward in raising excitement levels even further."

Magners involvement in rugby began in 2003 with the sponsorship of Edinburgh Rugby and in 2005 extended to London Wasps. In 2006 they added to their rugby portfolio by taking on the title sponsorship of the Magners League, which has since become their flagship rugby property. Magners will continue to invest in its ongoing development by engaging rugby fans, the teams and media, and working closely with Celtic Rugby on the inaugural play-offs in 2009/10.


Celtic Rugby's League competition was formed in 2001/02 and consists of teams from Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The League was played on a home and away basis in season 2003/04 for the first time.

Current Champions 
  • 2007/08 Leinster
  • Previous Champions

  • 2006/07 Ospreys
  • 2005/06 Ulster
  • 2004/05 Ospreys
  • 2003/04 Llanelli Scarlets
  • 2002/03 Munster
  • 2001/02 Leinster

  • Over 481,000 people have bought seats for the 60 Magners League games played to date this season, 21% up compared to the same round (12) as last year
  • Magners League average gates have increased from 5194 in 2005/06 to 6791 last season, and with six rounds still to play 2008/09 currently stands at 8020, a massive 54% increase since Magners have been the tournament sponsor
  • Attendances are increasing over all three Unions, with Scottish teams performing particularly well this season showing the biggest growth, currently at over 50% on a like for like match basis
  • 42 of the 44 players on the pitch during last Saturday's RBS 6 Nations championship decider were from Magners League teams. A Celtic nation, Ireland, secured the title with a grand slam, repeating the success of Wales last season, Ireland themselves having taken the triple crown in 2007
  • The current European Champions, Munster, are from within Magners League ranks, as are half of the quarter-finalists for this season's competition, an increase from three representatives last year and two the previous season, with the guarantee of a semi-final spot as Munster play Ospreys
  • Magners Irish Cider
  • Magners was launched in Scotland in 2003, in London in 2005 and nationally throughout England and Wales in 2006
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  • Main image: Ospreys celebrate their second win of the Celtic League.Image below: Leinster players and current Magners League champions Stan Wright, Leo Cullen and Trevor Horgan celebrate the announcement of today's sponsorship renewal with Marcus Goodwin, Wm. Magner and David Jordan, Director of Celtic Rugby.