Grenfell Fire

Ulster Rugby accused of ‘calculated move’ by Grenfell families as it ends Kingspan partnership

Rugby club had come under increased pressure to cut ties with the Irish building materials firm in light of an inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire

Under the current deal, Kingspan has the naming right of Kingspan Stadium and is the jersey sponsor of the Ulster Rugby Senior Men’s team. This agreement was due to conclude at the end of the 2023/2024 season. Picture: Getty

Ulster Rugby is seeking a new sponsor after Kingspan, the Irish building material giant, said that it will conclude its association with the club on a phased basis by mid-2025.

The announcement of the termination of the long-running partnership comes after Jonny Petrie, Ulster Rugby’s chief executive, has said the club was conducting a “major review” of its sponsorship deal with Kingspan in October in light of a probe into the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy.