O’Neills’ involvement with Rugby started in the mid 1960’s culminating in becoming the official supplier to the Irish national team in the early 1980’s. The introduction of the professional era for Rugby Union in 1995 changed the face of rugby supply with the demand for more technical products of the highest specification – as a manufacturer O’Neills embraced these changes with the development of rugby apparel suitable for the highest level of rugby, something we continue to do to this day. By the early years of the new millennium O’Neills had developed products of the very highest specification and entered into the world of professional supply, initially partnering with Super League club Widnes Vikings (2008) followed swiftly by Premiership Rugby Union club London Harlequins (2011). Since then the number of both Rugby Union and League clubs supplied by O’Neills has grown dramatically as the realisation dawned that O’Neills was producing rugby apparel of the very highest standard, suitable for both Professional and Grass Roots clubs. Today we supply over 1,000 rugby clubs throughout the world, amongst which are numerous Professional clubs, as the O’Neills brand has become synonymous with quality in the world of Rugby.
Dave Hutchinson, Head of Sales & Marketing, St. Helens R.F.C
St Helens RFC teamed up with O’Neills with a view to making a radical step change to the clubs merchandising programme, in order to increase sales. This has proved a very positive move for us, in that we have over achieved budget in November and early signs for December are already very encouraging. Product range and quality has been very well received both by the performance team and the fans, and the responsive service and creative attitude of O’Neills staff has been fantastic. We are already planning new ranges for the New Year and beyond, and with this added flexibility we can confidently buy into product ranges with peace of mind that minimum quantities will not hold us back. We are looking forward to many successful years ahead with them.
Mark Lavery, Director of Rugby, Ampthill & District RFC
We have worked with O’Neills for a number of years and as a large community rugby club encompassing 1100 playing members right the way from the Professional Championship side, down to our U6s we have found O’Neills unique is as much as they handle every one of our teams in exactly the same professional manner and every team has nothing but praise for the way O’Neills respond to our requests.
Chris Lea, Cornwall Rugby Football Union
I have no reservation in recommending O’Neills as a company that would provide a range of quality kit for Clubs, Schools and Counties. My experience over the last four years managing the needs of Cornwall Rugby Football Union has been superb. Kit was supplied initially to the Senior County XV (currently County Champions). This has been extended to u20s ( County finalists) and now the brand has been extended to Women’s, U18s and now Junior County XVs. Cornwall Rugby and O’Neills is an excellent combination.