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9 years 5 months ago #83

I was in the Eyre Square Elvery's yesterday pre-ordering my new Connacht gear and noted that Munster and Leinster merchandise outnumbered the Connacht merchandise. 

Now, I understand very well that Elvery's is just liquidating their existing stock of old Connacht gear, and that the new stuff is scheduled to arrive between now and the beginning of October.  Nonetheless, it projects a very poor image for rival provinces to have a larger presence in the shops within the very city where Connacht Rugby is based!  I do not know everything that was involved in agreeing with the new sponsor, etc. and getting the new clothing designed, but I do know this: This is exactly the sort of thing that CANNOT happen going forward if we are to be taken as seriously as we want to be.

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9 years 5 months ago #86

In fairness it's been hard for Elvery's to get their hands on the gear. Rugby-tech have taken their time with it and the Mazda deal came quite late in the game.


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9 years 5 months ago #87

In fairness it's been hard for Elvery's to get their hands on the gear. Rugby-tech have taken their time with it and the Mazda deal came quite late in the game.


Right...I acknowledged as much.  I'm just saying that this needs to be a lesson learned.  We or anyone involved with Connacht Rugby cannot be satisfied with being outnumbered by inter-provincal squads' merchandise outnumbering our own just a kilometer or so from our home grounds.  Whatever measures need to be taken in the future to ensure this does NOT happen again, those measures must be taken.

I've heard no small amount of murmuring about this already, and we're still at least a month away from having the jerseys in the store.

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9 years 5 months ago #103

I must agree, I have visited both stores in Galway and if I had not had my magnifying glass in tow I would never had found the meagre amounts of Connacht items on sale.
This is a situation that the branch has to get right !!!! there are young kids out there pestering their parents for Connacht jersey's, tops, hoodies etc. Just along the rail you have a raft of Munster,Leinster and other clubs and countries. Kids have a short attention span, if they can't have their first choice then they will plum for the next one along.
The Mazda logo excuse holds no argument with me as that sponsorship deal was announced three or four weeks ago!!!!
If the supplier cannot prduce an order for any reason, the only option is to change the supplier. There are numerous suppliers out there that would move heaven and earth for a provincial contract.
Or are we too comfortable with Rugby Tech ?????????

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9 years 5 months ago #185

::)Hi, shouldn't the connacht clann, as an official supporters group, contact elvery's as representitives of approx 3000 members making the valid comments breifne made regarding connacht merchandise needing to be "up front and centre", we are the customer base etc etc

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9 years 5 months ago #186

The problem if you ask me is not elverys... it's Rugbytech. They should have the new jerseys out and in the stores NOW, not at the end of Sept. At that point if Elverys are not playing ball and promoting the stock then you'd have to turn their ear.
There are other outlets out there if they don't feel like their deal with Connacht is good enough.


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9 years 5 months ago #192

That's what I said !!!!not too many Proffesional sides use Rugby Tech !!!! I wonder why ?????, the only other team off the top of my head are Gloucester.

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9 years 5 months ago #194

That's what I said !!!!not too many Proffesional sides use Rugby Tech !!!! I wonder why ?????, the only other team off the top of my head are Gloucester.

Sorry I was replying to Edward. ;)

In fairness I do really like the rugby tech jerseys, but it seems that they have some logistics issues.


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9 years 5 months ago #204

RugbyTech almost certainly deserves at least part of the blame here, but the lateness of the Mazda sponsorship also had something to do with it, I would guess.  Maybe not?  Should RugbyTech still have been able to get them in the stores by now?  Anyone know for sure on this?

Regardless of WHO is to blame, I would like to reiterate my main point I made way up top  --  This needs to be a lesson learned, and it SHOULD NOT happen again no matter who is at fault.  If we are truly about "Front Up. Rise Up." this cannot happen again.

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9 years 5 months ago #205

I like the rugbytech gear too but they always seem to delay the realise of jerseys. Which is not good enough in my opinion. Like mentioned, looking at others might not be a bad idea.

This happened before i think. The new jersey was launched with the players wearing it in games but a supporter could not purchase it for another 4-6 weeks. Does anyone else remember this happening?

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9 years 5 months ago #208

I like the rugbytech gear too but they always seem to delay the realise of jerseys. Which is not good enough in my opinion. Like mentioned, looking at others might not be a bad idea.

This happened before i think. The new jersey was launched with the players wearing it in games but a supporter could not purchase it for another 4-6 weeks. Does anyone else remember this happening?


Happened with the last new jersey. When the style changed to the newer one for the first time. (I think)


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9 years 5 months ago #209

same thing happened last year. Was very late. Should be in selfs before pre season. Also last time the sizes weren't that big

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9 years 5 months ago #217

same thing happened last year. Was very late. Should be in selfs before pre season. Also last time the sizes weren't that big


And for a few years before that, at least this year they have managed to get the images out before season start. Hopefully they can get themselves sorted and take advantage of the momentrum that is gathering behind Conancht Rugby this season. Even in a recession there's money to be made... :)

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9 years 5 months ago #467

FYI...

The new official Connacht t-shirts and polos are finally in-stock at Elvery's.  Picked up mine from the Eyre Square store earlier this evening.  Jerseys still a few weeks away, though.

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9 years 5 months ago #1047

finally the jerseys will be out on the weekend but i think its only going to be limited. Saw it on facebook so i guess first up first gets.

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9 years 5 months ago #1048

Unfortunately this is all down to supply and demand. If Rugby Tech dont expect to sell a huge number of Connacht jersey's in comparison to other equipment, why would they rush the manufacture of the gear.
Obviously I'd like the gear to be available before the start of the season, but we're not seen as a big enough market, to force Rugby Tech to work overtime, into getting the jersey's ready.

As for Elvery's, despite being in Galway, and been good sponsors of Connacht, they're going to promote the equipment which sells the most units.

Can't blame either company really, as they're both business's looking out for themselves. If the people of Galway, and the fans were buying Connacht gear in bigger numbers, then both Companies might change their tune

It's just the way things work


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