Agents Review Board

  • ARA Brings In Copsey As CEO

    The Association of Rugby Agents (ARA) has confirmed that it has enlisted the help of former London Welsh CEO Tony Copsey to act as chief executive and help drive the future direction of the organisation. The ARA, which is the representative body of those representing professional rugby union players in the United Kingdom and Ireland, is a non-profit unincorporated trade body governed by its members and Copsey's consultancy company will now be responsible for conducting a strategic Review and at...

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  • Agent Regulations Passed In Ireland

    ... that Agents are educated sufficiently to do the best possible job for their client. These common Agents’ regulations have now been incorporated into the IRFU, RFU and WRU’s domestic regulations. The Home Unions Regulations will be overseen by an Agents Review Board which will have representation from each of the Home Unions as well as an agent representative. The scheme in Ireland will be administered by IRUPA under the ‘Irish Rules’. The ‘Irish Rules’ will be overseen by the Irish...

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  • NRL & Agents On Collision Course

    Reports in the Australian media have claimed that Agents in the NRL are earning as much money combined as the salary cap for one of the league’s teams. The Sydney Morning Herald says they take home just under AUD $7 million (£3.66m) with Agents fees as high as five to seven per cent in rugby league, compared to just two to four per cent in the AFL. The paper also says Agents take up to 20 per cent on third party agreements and that the total registered amount of TPAs across the 16 clubs was s...

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  • Governance Review at RFL

    The RFL is enhancing the way in which the sport is governed. The recommendations in the 32-page Watkins Review of Rugby League Governance were reported as "well received" when they were presented to the RFL’s member clubs and organisations. The key recommendations in the Review were as follows: That the sport should remain governed by a single, unified governing body with a majority of independent directors. Recruitment for a non-Executive Chairman will begin immediately and Community Game r...

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  • RWC2019 Travel Agent Process Started

    The global process to appoint RWC2019 official travel Agents has been launched this week. Travel Agents around the world are being invited to register their interest before the 7 April deadline. The appointment process will be managed by Sports Travel and Hospitality Group (STH), the exclusive global rights holder for the accommodation bank, travel and hospitality programmes for Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan. Official travel Agents will be appointed this year and will be able to promote and sell...

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  • Lions Name Travel Sub-Agents For 2017

    The British & Irish Lions have appointed five official sub-Agents to organise travel for the 2017 rugby union tour of New Zealand. The chosen few are Gullivers Sports Travel, Living With The Lions, Thomas Cook Sport, Trevor Brennan Rugby Tours (Ireland) and Venatour. They will now work with the Lions’ own travel company Official Supporter Tours to supply travel for supporters following the team. The tour takes place in June and July next year with indications already suggesting the tour wi...

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  • Agents Say Irish Provinces "Restricted" In Dealing With Player Contracts

    Michael Moynihan of The Irish Examiner has delved into the world of player contract negotiation with anonymous interviews with Agents about their trade:  The recent back and forth about Jamie Heaslip and Seán O’Brien’s professional rugby futures led us to consider an obvious question. How exactly are these contracts negotiated? It was a little surprising to find that some of the Agents who negotiate professional rugby contracts were perfectly willing to talk about that process. It wasn’t...

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  • Anglo-French Concerns Lead to ERC Review

    European Rugby Cup (ERC) have confirmed that a consultation process involving all of its stakeholders will commence shortly following formal applications for a Review of the ERC shareholder agreement from England and France. Premiership Rugby, Federation Francaise de Rugby (FFR) and Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR)  called for a Review of the agreement, which provides the structure for European club rugby’s two tournaments, the Heineken Cup and the Amlin Challenge Cup. The current arrangement,...

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  • How Irish Player Agents Are Regulated

    The Irish Times last week looked at rugby player agency in Ireland and how it is now regulated by the players' union IRUPA: Since rugby became professional Agents have been around, growing at first but now at a steady 12 in Ireland. Initially the parents of players helped their sons to negotiate the contracts and commercial opportunities that began to open up. But latterly the move has been towards those who do it full-time. There once was Frank Cullen, Dave Kearney and Frank O’Driscoll steppi...

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  • Change for agents

    Duncan Sandlant, who heads up the Sports Law team at Lewis Silkin, looks at the proposed regulation of Agents in rugby union   Midway through last year, the RFU approved a set of regulations designed to control, sanction and monitor rugby Agents operating in England. It is clear that the RFU have followed the FFR and the FA’s lead on incorporating Agents’ regulations to try and ‘clean up’ any improper practices and it is likely that the three other home Unions will follow suit in the no...

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