Women’s Rugby World Cup

19th July 2017

Posted In: FYI

EY has recently announced its official sponsorship and support of Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017.

Over the past few years, women’s rugby has enjoyed unprecedented growth and the inclusion of rugby sevens in the Rio Olympic Games in 2016 has helped establish the sport in new markets. Today, women’s rugby is played by nearly 2.2 million women and girls in more than 110 countries.

Mike McKerr, Managing Partner for EY Ireland, said: “Building the highest performing and diverse teams is core to our success in EY and, when it comes to leadership, teaming and developing winning strategies, there is a great deal to learn from professional sports people. By supporting the highest performing teams in the sporting arena, as exemplified by the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 along with the EY Hockey League, we hope to expand on our own strategy to inspire effective and engaged teaming while promoting the importance of diversity within our firm”.

The eighth Women’s Rugby World Cup tournament will be held in Ireland next month. The qualifying nations competing this year include Australia, Canada, England, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, USA and Wales.

Tara Lillywhite-Torpey, EY Assurance Partner, says: “Professional sport is a powerful metaphor for business. Facing fierce competition, building effective and diverse teams, while developing both long and short term strategies are just some of the key areas where business and sport overlap.  A recent report commissioned by EY shows that investing in D&I pays dividends – companies with a D&I strategy not only have enhanced reputations but they also report even higher sales revenue and profit margins. This makes it even more critical that businesses develop and implement a D&I strategy that works for them, otherwise they will pay the ultimate price and fall behind the competition”.

Pictured is from left, Frank O’Keefe, Head of Assurance for EY Ireland, Brett Gosper CEO of World Rugby and Tara Lillywhite-Torpey, Assurance Partner EY Ireland as they announce EY’s Official Sponsorship and support for Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017, taking place in Ireland from 9-26 August.