Connacht Rugby has announced FREE NOW as its Official Mobility App Partner until 2025.

The new partnership will bring FREE NOW and Connacht Rugby together from the start of the new season this weekend and over the next three years.

This announcement builds on FREE NOW’s commitment to support local communities and organisations across the country by providing them with flexible and sustainable transport solutions to help meet Ireland’s changing transport needs.

Since launching its sustainable ECO booking (EV/hybrid) option on the app last year for passengers in Galway, the uptake of green journeys on the FREE NOW app has grown by 262 per cent with 18 per cent of the fleet in Galway being ECO.

This function will be available to Connacht Rugby supporters, staff and players, facilitating more sustainable transport choices in line with the team’s matches and travel requirements.

As part of the partnership, fans attending upcoming matches will be able to participate in competitions for a chance to win FREE NOW vouchers.

“We are delighted to announce our new partnership with Connacht Rugby for the next three years and as a former professional player for over 12 years, I am really excited about this new sponsorship and to see FREE NOW supporting sport in the Connacht region,” said Regional Development Manager for FREE NOW, Denis Fogarty.

Fogarty played for Munster and in France during a 12-year career before being forced to retire due to injury in 2016.

He has since coached in France and with Cork Constitution and was part of the Irish Women’s Rugby Tour to Japan this summer. He joined Free Now in this role in March of this year. It is great to see a player transitioning into business and then being part of building sporting relationships in their new role.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with FREE NOW for the next three years,” added Philip Patterson, Head of Commercial and Marketing at Connacht Rugby.

“It is clear that both organisations share the same values and ethos, and this agreement will help both FREE NOW and Connacht Rugby continue to grow, as well as offering more transport solutions for our supporters and players.”