Published on 08th August 2023 at 09:42

Opel Ireland, a sponsor of Irish Rugby and the official car partner to the IRFU, has 
announced its support to the Irish Women’s Open Tag Rugby Team, who will 
represent the nation in the 2023 Tag Rugby World Cup from Wednesday 2nd to 
Saturday 5th August at the University of Limerick.  
The highly anticipated tournament will showcase rugby talent from across the globe, 
including Hong Kong, South Africa, France, New Zealand, Japan, Great Britain, the 
USA, Italy, and Australia. The event will see around 2000 of the world's best tag 
rugby players compete for gold medals across men’s, women’s, mixed and senior 
Presenting the 20-stong women’s team with gift bags of sporting essentials and 
providing transport assistance to the group in a Mokka Electric, Jennifer Eagers, 
Marketing Executive at Opel Ireland said: “Opel Ireland is very proud to support the 
Women’s Open Tag Rugby Team with water bottles, energy drinks and Opel 
merchandise. I wish the team every continued success.”  
The Irish Women’s Open team is a formidable force in the world of tag rugby, and 
they will be hoping for success at the World Cup. Comprised of talented and 
dedicated athletes from all around Ireland, team members have each consistently 
showcased skill and passion for the sport at both national and international stages 
with their clubs. Undertaking rigorous training in preparation for the upcoming 
World Cup, both as a team, twice a month for over twelve months, each of the players 
has also partaken in their own tag rugby club training each week, making them a 
force to be reckoned with.  
Team Captain, Tena Thornton, said: “We are very grateful and acknowledge the 
support from Opel Ireland as we look ahead to competing on the world stage, from 
Limerick. Tag rugby is a growing phenomenon that is attracting more and more 
women and this tournament is sure to raise the sport’s profile even further.” 
Pic 1: Pictured: Tena Thornton (C), Rosie Newton (VC), Rebecca Conway, Hannah 
O’Sullivan, Cliodhna O’Regan, Jayne Pennefather, Mona Fehily, Orla Maher, Megan 
Carroll, Tara Coleman, Ellen O’Shea (VC), Lydia Looney, Tara O’Connor, Shauna 
Bermingham, Mairead O’ Sullivan, Cat Galvin, Fiona Brauneisen, Zoe Carroll, 
Fiona O’Shea, Michaela Fitzgibbon, Mike Storey (Coach), Syphonia Pua (Manager). 
Pic 2: Pictured: Cat Gavin and Rebecca Conway, who represented Ireland’s 
Women’s Opel Tag Rugby Team at the Rugby World Cup in Limerick, which took 
place from 2nd to 5th August.