Armagh RFC’s Tim McNeice has been announced the first winner of the Ulster Rugby Premiership Player of the Round.
Title sponsor of the Premiership, SONI (System Operator for Northern Ireland), are behind the initiative which rewards the best player performance across each set of SONI Ulster Rugby Premiership fixture weekends for the rest of the season.
The ‘Player of the Round’ is chosen by a panel of judges from SONI and Ulster Rugby chaired by Head of Sport for Johnston Press Ireland and rugby correspondent Richard Mulligan, with each winning player being rewarded with Ulster rugby tickets and official Ulster Rugby Merchandise.
Nick Fullerton, Senior Manager at SONI said: “SONI’s partnership with Ulster Rugby and the sponsorship of the SONI Ulster Rugby Premiership has enabled us to witness first-hand the incredible talent on show throughout domestic rugby in Ulster.
“We wanted to recognise and reward the players whose commitment and dedication to perform for their club is the reason why the game is flourishing on a community level. SONI is proud to so continue to support our partnership with the league through both our title sponsorship of SURP and the ‘Community Champions Award’. This is another small way of rewarding and recognising those involved in the domestic game.”
Neil Hanna, Ulster Rugby’s Business Development Manager said: “SONI has demonstrated an impressive level of dedication to their sponsorship since they came on board as title sponsors of the Ulster Rugby Premiership last year. The ‘Community Champions Award’ was an exciting addition to their activation plan and we’re delighted to see their continued generous support across domestic rugby with the ‘Player of the Round’ initiative.
The Ulster Rugby Premiership has a total of 11 teams competing in two Divisions across Ulster.
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