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  • Brown Named RLWC 2017 CEO

    One of Australia's leading sporting administrators, Michael Brown, has been appointed CEO of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. His job will be to help plan and deliver a successful World Cup, which will be hosted jointly by Australia and New Zealand, and he has more than 20 years experience in the sporting sector to draw from, most recently as CEO of the Asian Football Confederation's 2015 Asian Cup Australia. That event, which involved 32 games in 23 days, attracted more than 650,000 fans –...

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  • Land Rover and Microsoft Selected by Lions

    The British & Irish Lions have announced the addition of Land Rover and Microsoft to the supporters of the 2013 Tour to Australia. Land Rover has become an Official Global Sponsor of The British & Irish Lions Tour to Australia 2013. This continues the relationship, which began in 1997. Part of the sponsorship will cover the provision of a range of vehicles for the organisation's use in the UK, Ireland, Hong Kong and Australia.  The company’s relationship with rugby currently include...

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  • Australia/NZ Beat South Africa To Become RLWC2017 Hosts

    The next Rugby League World Cup in 2017 will be hosted by Australia and New Zealand after the Rugby League International Federation chose their joint bid over the only other proposal from South Africa. The rugby league heartlands Down Under were always favourites to be awarded the event over the ambitious bid from South Africa, which has no real heritage in the sport, but RLIF vice-chair Nigel Wood insists that it “was not a simple decision” and that the bid from the Rainbow Nation was a ver...

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  • Gatland to Coach Lions 2013

    The British and Irish Lions have announced that Warren Gatland will be Head Coach of the Lions Tour to Australia next summer. The announcement came as no surprise as he has been widely perceived as the preferred candidate for the last six months, the confirmation only delayed by his travel restriction due to an injury sustained on holiday in New Zealand earlier in the year. Gatland will start his role immediately with Rob Howley acting as caretaker coach of the Wales side in his absence. Gatl...

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  • WRU Wants To Discuss Lions Revenue Split

    Welsh Rugby Union chief Roger Lewis says the home nations need to look at how the money made from the British and Irish Lions tours is divided up. The Lions are currently on a tour of Australia, culminating in a three-Test series against the Wallabies. Lewis claims hosts Australia will bank most of the income generated by the nine games they host. "This is the subject of much debate at the moment, in terms of the monies generated by the Lions," said Lewis. "The majority, by a country mile, of th...

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  • RLWC 2017 Dates Revealed Before Next Week's Draw

    Next year’s Rugby League World Cup in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea is likely to start on October 27th and finish on December 2nd when the official draw is made next week it has been revealed. The draw for the 2017 tournament will be made simultaneously at events in Brisbane and Auckland next Tuesday, July 19. The World Cup organisers' chief executive Michael Brown and chairman George Peponis will be joined by coaches Mal Meninga (Australia), Stephen Kearney (New Zealand) and Mic...

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  • Argentina To Stage Rugby Championship Game At Twickenham

    The Sydney Morning Herald has reported that Argentina and Australia will play one of their 2016 Rugby Championship matches at Twickenham in a bid to cash in on the success of both countries at last year's World Cup. A proposal by Argentina to move their Rugby Championship fixture against the Wallabies on October 8 to Twickenham was agreed at a meeting in Australia last week and it is expected to be a huge money spinner for the Argentina Rugby Union (UAR). The venue change is also likely t...

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  • Lions Ball Unveiled By ARU And Gilbert

    The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) and match ball partner Gilbert have unveiled the ball to be used during the 2013 British & Irish Lions Tour to Australia. The "Virtuo", which has been used for the past two seasons in Australia, features the colours of the Qantas Wallabies and Lions. “Australians have been waiting 12 years for the Lions to return to our shores and anticipation surrounding this tour is building every day,” says ARU chief executive officer Bill Pulver. “Unveiling a new ma...

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  • Salford Part Company With CEO

    Salford City Reds have revealed that the club’s chief executive Ed Farish is leaving the Super League strugglers and returning to Australia barely three months after he was appointed by owner Dr Marwan Koukash. Farish was a high-profile capture sealed in the immediate aftermath of Koukash’s takeover of the club as the 51-year old has previously been director of finance for the NRL and chief financial officer at the Gold Coast Titans but the move has clearly not been a success. The Salford ow...

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  • Dean Becomes Ireland Team Manager

    Paul Dean is set to become Ireland team manager replacing Michael Kearney who will step down from the role after the fixture with Australia on Saturday, November 26. Educated at St. Mary's College, Dublin, Dean represented Ireland Schools in 1977 and 1978. As a member of St Mary's College RFC 1st XV, he was selected for the Ireland XV against England in 1980 and made his senior Ireland debut against South Africa in Cape Town in 1981. He was a Triple Crown winner with Ireland in 1982 and 1985 and...

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