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  • Lam To Take Over At Connacht

    ... country and we are looking forward to the exciting challenge ahead at Connacht,” he said. “I was impressed by the Board's vision for Connacht and the fighting spirit of the team and supporters to persevere against all the odds.” Lam, who also managed Auckland in the ITM Cup between 2004 and 2008 and has acted as a consultant for Scotland and Samoa, takes over from a man who has given a total of 24 years of service to the club and he paid tribute to the work Elwood has done. “I'm looking...

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  • NZ Economy Counts The Spoils Of Hosting The Lions

    After recovering from the rugby, New Zealand media have been reporting on the estimated economic benefits of the Lions tour especially to cities hosting games: Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton and Christchurch. An estimated 25,000 in-bound tourists descended on New Zealand for the tour with considerable domestic visitors too with Auckland estimating an influx of 14,000 non-local Kiwis for both Eden Park tests. A total spend of $120m (£68.4m or €76.8m) was expected to be attributed to the Lions...

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  • BT Sport To Show World Club 7s

    ... union is entering a thrilling phase and we will be bringing the very best of the action to our viewers,” said the head of BT Sport. The World Club 7s will feature sides from New York, San Francisco, Moscow and Buenos Aires as well as the likes of Auckland, Western Province, the Blue Bulls and the Brumbies. Harlequins and Northampton have been confirmed as English representatives and they will be joined by the winner of the J.P. Morgan Premiership Rugby 7s, the final of which takes place o...

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  • Wasps Add Howarth to Coaching team

    ... Wasps have appointed Shane Howarth as backs coach ahead of the forthcoming season.The former Wales full-back  joins the Aviva Premiership side, who finished the 2011/12 campaign in their lowest ever position (11th),  after serving as head coach with Auckland, and assistant coach to both Super Rugby side the Blues and New Zealand Maori, as well as coaching the Pacific Islanders. He has also worked with the Papua New Guinea Sevens team. As a player, Howarth represented the Maori, Auckland, Sale...

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  • Ulster Announce New Head Coach

    Ulster Rugby have confirmed that Mark Anscombe has been appointed as head coach from season 2012-13 on a two year contract. Anscombe has just finished a three year term as head coach of the Auckland ITM Cup side. He was also head coach of the New Zealand U20 side that won the Junior World Championships in Italy last year.  “It has been a long and detailed process but we’re now delighted to confirm that Mark will be joining us next season.” commented Ulster’s director of rugby David Hu...

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  • NZ Head Appointed For RL World Cup

    ... to working with New Zealand Rugby League, governments and our Australian partners to deliver a great World Cup that New Zealand can really get behind.” Prior to working on the FIFA Under-20s, Nelson led the brand and marketing communications team at Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED), which included working on projects like the inaugural NRL Auckland Nines and “The Show Never Stops” domestic marketing campaign. Nelson also spent eight years working in a senior manag...

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  • Moves - Steve Gorvett, Bristol Rugby

    ... of David White. Gorvett, who has been the club’s finance director for the last three years, said: "I've worked very closely with David over the past two years and I think that continuity is very important in these situations." White is returning to Auckland to work in the travel and hospitality industry in the run-up to Rugby World Cup 2011. Head coach Richard Hill once again resumes responsibility for all playing matters at the club with rugby operations manager Corin Palmer taking up the ne...

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  • Wales Rushes to Support its Heroes

    ... operators who thought they might miss the boat with England’s demise, the Wales resurgence has been a tonic. The Dragons' 22-10 quarter-final triumph against Ireland has set in train a frantic dash to get to New Zealand.Saturday’s clash with France in Auckland is arguably the biggest match in Welsh sporting history. The bookmakers have Wales as favourites to progress to the final, which is encouraging optimistic Welsh supporters to book for the climax. “Our phones have been ringing consta...

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  • Mixed Returns For RLWC 2017 As NZ & PNG Host Sell-Outs And TV Figures Impress

    ... (capacity just under 25,000) and the biggest attendance in the tournament so far. The previous weeks’ crowd of 18,156 for the Samoa-Tonga match at the same venue exceeded the 17,857 fans who watched New Zealand’s 38-8 defeat of Samoa at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland the week before. The Oil Search National Football Stadium in Port Moresby, PNG has seen three sell-out crowds (capacity 25,000) at the venue hosting each of the home nation’s victorious pool games. Chief executive Andrew Hill was...

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  • ITV `Very Pleased` Wth Early World Cup Figures

    ITV Sport says viewing figures for the pool stage of the 2011 Rugby World Cup compare favourably with both the previous two tournaments in 2003 and 2007.The decisive England v Scotland clash in Auckland was, not surprisingly, the most watched of the early skirmishes, peaking at 6million with an average of just over 5million. A typical audience for ITV1 at 8.30am on a Saturday would be around 1million and the match delivered over half the available viewers to the channel.“Looking at the figures...

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