World Rugby has welcomed EY as an official sponsor and supporter of Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017.

With just over a month to go until the tournament gets underway in Ireland, the global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services is continuing its commitment to developing purpose-driven leaders through high-performing teams to help build a better working world.

EY firms are working with external suppliers to recruit high-potential female athletes for professional roles, and to provide the necessary resources to help them transition from sport into business.

EY Global Vice Chair of Talent Nancy Altobello said: “EY shares common values with rugby and has long been a proponent of the sport worldwide. The leadership skills, motivation and resilience developed through playing rugby are incredibly beneficial in a business environment. At EY we’re thrilled to harness the leadership potential of elite female athletes and help them seamlessly transition to new careers in business.”

EY has a long history of driving the global dialogue around the advancement of women athletes and harnessing the often untapped leadership potential of this talent pool. EY’s Women Athletes Business Network, for example, was established to inform, empower and create an environment that supports elite female athletes, seeking to develop their leadership potential and transition from sport to careers in business.

World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said: “We are delighted to welcome EY as an official sponsor of Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017. As the game grows across the world, it’s important that we work with a brand that is the right fit and reflects the character-building values of our sport.

“This year’s tournament promises to be the biggest and best yet and we look forward to working with EY toward further promotion and engagement within Ireland and around the world. As women’s rugby goes from a grassroots level all the way to the top of the sport, it’s exciting to have global organisations like EY realise the human capital potential of the players and the values they bring including teamwork, tenacity, hard work and discipline.”

Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 gets underway in Dublin and Belfast from 9-26 August, 2017. The pool stages will be played on 9,13 and 17 August in UCD Bowl and Billings Park in Dublin, with the finals stage played at Kingspan Stadium and Queens University, Belfast.