Message from Martin O'Sullivan,
Many congratulations to Highfield RFC on the impressive manner in which the
club has won Div 2B in the Ulster Bank League.
President, Irish Rugby Football Union to Highfield RFC .
As President of the IRFU I am delighted to extend my best wishes to your
President Eugene Carley and club Captain John O'Callaghan. I hope that they
and all members of the club - across all grades - have a very enjoyable and
successful 2015-16 season.
The 2015-'16 League is a special one as it marks the introduction of a new styled five division format and also sees the introduction of a Player Points System (PPS) which is designed to incentivise youth development, to curb transfers and to encourage club loyalty.
These innovations follow extensive consultation with the clubs and it is the Union's ambition for the Ulster Bank League to become an enhanced premier domestic competition, creating a greater platform for clubs to promote themselves withn their local communities and to generate sufficient revenues to develop and be sustainable for the future.
In this regard, the Union is delighted that again this season, in addition to traditional funding, it will also put in place the popular Your Club Your Country Grand Draw, in association with Ulster Bank. Last season the programme raised €654,000 for participant clubs. This brings to €2.6 million the amount raised by clubs - at no cost to them.
I sincerely thank Ulster Bank for their continued support as the IRFU's Community rugby partners. Its wide and varied portfolio includes sponsorship of the Ulster Bank League and Awards, plus the Irish Club international team, the Bateman All Ireland Cup and the Ulster Bank RugbyForce programme.
Meanwhile, best wishes to all at Woodleigh Park.
President - IRFU