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  • Face-To-Face With... Alan Gilpin

    IRB Head of Rugby World Cup Alan Gilpin talks to Running Rugby about the challenges involved with his business, the impending IRB rebrand and the planning ahead of the Rugby World Cup in England in 2015 as well as the 2019 event in Japan.

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  • Alan Gilpin Appointed Head Of RWC

    The International Rugby Board has announced that Alan Gilpin has been appointed as head of Rugby World Cup and will start his new role in May. Gilpin, 40, will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the globally-renowned brand and joins with preparations reportedly on track to ensure outstanding Rugby World Cups in England in 2015 and in Japan in 2019, the first event in Asia. A rugby man and previously a lawyer, Gilpin is no stranger to rugby’s showcase event. He joins the IRB from...

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  • Wasps Acquire 100% Shareholding Of Ricoh Arena

    Wasps have announced that they have now completed the acquisition of 100 per cent of the shareholding of Arena Coventry Limited, the company that owns the Ricoh Arena. The club has acquired a 50 per cent shareholding from the Alan Edward Higgs Charity, the grant making charity which benefits the inhabitants of a 25 mile radius from the centre of Coventry, having previously acquired the other 50 per cent shareholding in Arena Coventry Limited from Coventry City Council in October. Wasps have als...

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  • Edinburgh Send For Solomons

    Edinburgh have appointed experienced South African coach Alan Solomons as the club’s new head coach ahead of the upcoming RaboDirect PRO12 season. The former assistant coach of the Springboks, who turns 63 tomorrow, officially starts work on 9 August and interim head coach Stevie Scott is staying on as a full-time assistant coach responsible for the forwards. Solomons has previously led Western Province to back-to-back Currie Cup Premier division finals in 1997 and 1998, coached the Stormers...

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  • Wasps Plan £7m Training Centre Development

    Wasps have applied for planning permission to build a new £7 million training facility at the existing home of Coventry City FC’s academy. The club has revealed for the first time that it has submitted a planning application to Coventry City Council to build a training base at the Alan Higgs Centre in Allard Way in Coventry. Wasps say the new facility will sit next to the existing building and will include an indoor kicking area, three outdoor training pitches, a state-of-the-art gym and a...

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  • Mark Evans To Lead Stadium For Cornwall Project

    Former DoR at Saracens and CEO of Harlequins and Melbourne Storm, Mark Evans has been appointed project leader for the Stadium for Cornwall. Evans is also a regular contributor to Running Rugby. Cornish Pirates briefed stakeholders and sponsors at a meeting held by the directors at the Penventon Hotel, Redruth this week. Also present was Alan Cadger representing the architects, Holmes Miller. Commenting after the meeting, Mark Evans, who now runs a sports consultancy business across a number of...

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  • Both Codes for Butts Park

    Coventry Bears have just secured a new three year stadium contract with partners Coventry RFC at the 3000-seat Butts Park Arena. The agreement sees the Bears secure tenancy up until November 2015, putting the club in a more secure position to try and bring Championship One Rugby League to Coventry and Warwickshire. Coventry Bears club director Alan Robinson commented: “This deal is everything for us as it allows us to build on the solid platform we laid last year with new Coventry fans, sponso...

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  • Chiefs Profit From Premiership Debut

    Exeter Chiefs have announced profits of £630,399 for 2011 along with plans to redevelop Sandy Park. At the club's Annual General Meeting (AGM), finance director Alan Quantick reported on the Chiefs’ financial results for 2011, at the end of their first season in English rugby union's top division: "In what everyone knows is a difficult period, as a club we have returned excellent results. We always knew being promoted into the Aviva Premiership would make a difference and so it proved as we r...

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  • RFL To Launch Review Of Rugby League In West Cumbria

    The future of rugby league in West Cumbria is to be the subject of a major review involving a detailed study spearheaded jointly by the RFL, Whitehaven and Workington Town. The review follows on from the success of Rugby League World Cup 2013, during which more than 14,000 people attended matches at Workington’s Derwent Park stadium, and will focus on the sustainability of professional Rugby League in West Cumbria, as well as looking at the player pathway and development opportunities from wit...

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  • Falcons Appoint New Director of Rugby

    Newcastle Falcons owner Semore Kurdi today announced that Gary Gold (pictured) has been appointed as director of rugby for the remainder of the current season. He will be joined at Kingston Park by Mike Ford who will fulfil the role of defence coach. Alan Tait has taken a break from rugby but the remainder of the coaching staff will continue to support Gold and Ford as the club strives to maintain its Aviva Premiership status. Forwards coach Paul Moriarty will take charge of this Sunday’s Aml...

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