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  • New Logo For Swinton Lions

    ... Swinton’s proud heritage, with a traditional heraldic rampant lion, the year of formation, and six gold stars which pay tribute to our record of six Rugby League Championships, won under the captaincies of the immortal Hector Halsall, Bryn Evans and Albert Blan. The incorporation of the word 'Manchester' reflects pride in being part of the Greater Manchester conurbation. The club clarify that this is a geographical statement and not a political one, as they remain indebted to the ongoing supp...

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  • CEX Widnes Benefits From Vikings Sponsorship

    The franchise owner of Widnes Vikings' sponsor CEX Widnes has spoken of the vast benefits his business has enjoyed since deciding to invest in the club. Martin Hawthorne has been impressed by the local community's engagement with the Vikings and has been eager to make the most of the marketing potential. Hawthorne said: "The first thing I did before we opened the store was to walk around Albert Road and ask the public 'what does Widnes mean to you?’ "Most of the time they were coming back wit...

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  • Roll out the barrel

    Good beer can mean great bar profits. MARTIN DUCKWORTH on why rugby clubs should be investing in cask ale       Are rugby clubs missing a major opportunity to score points with their members and guests who enjoy a great pint of ale, and cash in on a welcome resurgence in demand for cask ale? I ask this after discovering that, while more than 4,000 pubs and clubs in the UK have signed up for accreditation by Cask Marque, there are no stewards or bar managers of rugby clubs on its books. Cask M...

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  • Paul Blanchard - Harlequins RL

     Harlequins RL have appointed Paul Blanchard as general manager.  Blanchard worked for NFL Europe, the Scottish Premier League, Southampton FC and Surrey County Cricket Club, where he was credited with the commercial success of the development of the Brit Oval.  Most recently he was chief executive at Super League rivals Hull Kingston Rovers. “My focus will be to work closely with Harlequins, our existing sponsors and supporters to expand the customer base during the current three year lice...

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  • Moves - Paul Blanchard, Hull KR

    Super League club Hull Kingston Rovers have appointed Paul Blanchard as their new chief executive. Blanchard, 42, formerly sales and marketing director at Surrey County Cricket Club, replaces Paul Lakin, who left to become head of commercial affairs at Wolverhampton Wanderers FC.

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  • Constant Pitch

    A rugby pitch used 12 months of the year by both codes represents a tough challenge for a groundsman. Christopher Irvine talks turf with Headingley’s Jason Booth   Play rugby league and rugby union on one pitch, which amounts to over 70 matches a year, and you’ve got trouble. “It's like trying to keep two wives happy," according to Jason Booth, the rugby head groundsman at Headingley Carnegie.  The other confession of the Leeds groundsman is that Headingley, unlike most pitches at profes...

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  • Alcohol sponsorship ban would have "minimal effect"

    Pressure is building in Ireland for a ban on the sponsorship of sports events by the alcohol industry but a leading expert believes any such move would not have the desired effect of reducing binge drinking. The Heineken Cup, about to enter its 17th season, has established itself as the premier rugby union competition below international level. But is its backing by a leading brewer, and other tournaments sponsored by the industry, a cause for concern? Should rugby and other sports be forced to...

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  • Behind The Brand: Kooga

    One of the success stories of the last decade has been Kooga, which has grown from being well-known for one thing (head gear) to take its place among the major rugby brands across all sectors of the retail market in both rugby codes. It was just 15 years ago that Bill Newton and Shak Anwar, two Umbro employees, thought they saw a gap in the market for a specialist rugby brand. From those beginnings as a specialist provider of head protection the brand broadened its appeal into other areas and be...

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  • Working Week - Jason Davidson, Head of Athletic Performance

    Jason Davidson is one of the leading conditioners in British sport. During his six years with Leeds Rhinos the club have been Super League champions four times, renowned for their physical fitness at the end of a gruelling season. In his role as head of athletic performance, the former Sheffield Eagles and Doncaster player oversees all the strength and conditioning at Leeds Rugby, working with the Rhinos and sister rugby union club Leeds Carnegie.Running Rugby spoke to Jason in the midst of prep...

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  • Working Week - Norrie Duffin, Ulster Ticket Office Manager

    Ulster Rugby’s celebrations at reaching the semi-finals of the Heineken Cup for the first time since they lifted the trophy in 1999 set in train a frantic week at Ravenhill for Norrie Duffin, the province’s ticket office manager.Norrie takes Running Rugby through not only her busiest week in the two years she has been in the job but one of the most hectic periods her place of work has ever known. Monday Easter Monday…It was supposed to be a day off but yesterday’s amazing victory agains...

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