With the 2019/20 rugby season resuming behind closed doors this August, Leinster Rugby’s Innovation Partner, BearingPoint, is inviting fans to join an all-new virtual fan experience in support of the province.

The ‘Lineout4Leinster’ initiative will allow a select number of season ticket holders to log in to their virtual stadium using Microsoft Teams where they can interact with other Leinster Fans and recreate the live match experience.

Ahead of the team’s next game against provincial rivals Munster on Saturday, 22 August, BearingPoint is also calling on Leinster fans to send in short video messages or pictures in support of the team.

These clips will then be compiled into a short video compilation to be played for the Leinster team during their match day warm-up.

To find out more, fans can visit Lineout4Leinster.

As one of the best supported professional rugby clubs in the world, Leinster Rugby’s goals for continued success on the pitch are mirrored by its ambitions to increase its fan base both in Ireland and overseas and provide a best-in-class experience for rugby supporters.

Commenting at the announcement, Kevin Quinn, Head of Commercial & Marketing at Leinster Rugby said, “The last few months have been difficult for everyone and there is no doubt that we have some way to go yet. However, we have seen some positive signs over the last few weeks none more so in a sporting context than confirmed dates and fixtures for Leinster Rugby matches to look forward to.

“The pandemic has challenged us to look at how we work and operate, and at Leinster Rugby we have been delighted with how all our sponsors and partners have rallied around and supported us as a club.

“This initiative from BearingPoint is a brilliant example of that support. BearingPoint have brought their creativity, and unique technology management expertise to benefit Leinster Rugby as an organisation, to benefit our players by creating a sense of support in the stadium and of course our fantastic supporters who are hugely keen to enjoy the live match day experience but understand the constraints we are working under.

“Nothing replicates being at a match and we very much welcome this initiative from BearingPoint. Enabling Leinster Rugby supporters to virtually #lineoutforleinster in Aviva Stadium on August 22 provides a unique and innovative way to help bring some of that match day magic to supporters’ homes and in return, make sure the players know that our support is there for them when they run out on the pitch in a few weeks time.”

Eric Conway, Partner and Country Leader of BearingPoint Ireland added, “Like many people, I am really excited about the upcoming rugby season, and I for one, am particularly interested in seeing see how technology can play its part in engaging fans in the coming months.

“As the team lines out for their first game in front of an empty stadium, it is so important that we all pull together to show the team the support and momentum that is behind them.

“Thankfully Leinster Rugby will have all the options available to offer the best possible fan experience remotely and digitally. There are some home comforts in having technology and data direct to the living room and with a variety of planned innovations, the fans can still influence and interact with the players through the big-screen displays.

“I’ve no doubt that it will be an exciting season, and I look forward to joining fans in the virtual stadium on August 22.”