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  • Swanton Leaves Sale Sharks After 17 Years

    Head of media Dave "Swanny" Swanton has left Sale Sharks with immediate effect after 17 years. Further details of his departure have yet to  be made available. Swanton, who also has a Radio show on BBC Radio Lancashire, had previously managed a press office for Wigan Warriors and Warrinton Wolves.

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  • Red Rose rugby blooming thanks to Holiday Inn

    The announcement of a new sponsorship arrangement with one of the world's most prestigious hotel brands, Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts, could hardly have come at a better time for the Lancashire RFU as they put the finishing touches to their preparations for the defence of the newly style Bill Beaumont Cup in their 125th Anniversary season.    The RFU decision to add the name of one of Lancashire’s favourite sons to the County Championship was a feather in the cap of the Red Rose county...

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  • BBC Wrap Up RWC Radio Rights

    The BBC has secured live Radio commentary rights for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. BBC Radio will be the only place to hear live Radio match commentary in full in the UK, starting with the opening match between England and Fiji. "We're really pleased to be able to offer fans extensive commentary and coverage of Rugby World Cup 2015 across BBC Radio and mobile output, giving audiences across the UK access to a wealth of content wherever they are," said Richard Burgess, head of Radio sport at the BBC....

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  • First Punjabi And Urdu SL Radio Commentary

    The Super League game between Huddersfield Giants and Hull FC will have a live commentary in Punjabi and Urdu – a UK first reports the Huddersfield Daily Examiner. Live coverage of the match tonight (March 2) will be broadcast on Radio Sangam, Kirklees’ Asian-dedicated Radio station. The station and its parent company, Communities Together, aim to promote community cohesion and cross-cultural dialogue and understanding. Qaisar Mahmood, chief executive of Radio Sangam, said Asian attendance...

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  • Hopwood Joins Lancashire Cricket

    Lancashire County Cricket Club have appointed Justin Hopwood as new sales and marketing director. Hopwood joins from commercial ticketing company the Mike Burton Group where he worked on joint venture companies with both England Rugby and the British & Irish Lions. Bosses at Emirates Old Trafford, LCCC's home stadium, said the 41-year-old will oversee revenue generation and marketing strategy across all parts of the business. That includes cricket ticket sales, sponsorships and partnerships,...

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  • Radio 5 Live's "Biggest Committment" To RL

    BBC Radio 5 live is making its "biggest ever commitment to rugby league" after confirming a new programme dedicated to rugby league will be aired for the 2014 Super League and Challenge Cup season on its BBC Radio 5 live sports extra station. Hosted by Dave Woods, ‘5 live Rugby League’ will broadcast more than 70 live commentary games on Thursday and Friday evenings on 5 live sports extra with contributions from rugby league regulars George Riley and Stuart Pyke. There will also be news, i...

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  • TalkSPORT Gets Lions Radio Rights

    TalkSPORT has been awarded the rights to exclusively broadcast Radio commentary of this summer’s British & Irish Lions Tour of Australia in the UK. It will be the first time a Lions tour has been exclusively broadcast on UK commercial Radio and it follows the Radio station’s exclusive Radio coverage of last year’s Rugby World Cup and its regular broadcasts of Aviva Premiership Rugby. Lions tours have traditionally been broadcast on the BBC on 5 Live and Radio Wales, Scotland and Ulster...

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  • Wigan To Play NZ Warriors In London?

    Wigan chairman Ian Lenagan has revealed ambitious plans for international expansion by suggesting to a New Zealand Radio station – Trackside Radio - he wants to see his Warriors side take on New Zealand Warriors in London. Following the announcement that Wigan will play South Sydney in Australia in 2018, it appears Lenagan is open to further games against NRL opponents. Lenagan said “We, for example, have a very close relationship with New Zealand Warriors because there’s lots of Kiwis who...

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  • RTE TV To Broadcast All Ireland Games At Women's RWC

    RTÉ television will show all of Ireland's Women's Rugby World Cup games as well as the WRWC final across all platforms, TV, Radio and online, this August. RTÉ reached an agreement with eir Sport to sub-licence all of Ireland’s Women’s Rugby World Cup games as well as the final in Kingspan Stadium, Belfast on a non-exclusive basis. The tournament, which takes place in August this year, is being held in Ireland for the first time and viewers can follow the host nation’s progress throughout...

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  • BBC Extend Six Nations Deal

    The BBC has agreed a deal to broadcast the Six Nations until 2017. It extends BBC Sport's current deal, which runs until 2013, as exclusive broadcaster of the Six Nations and covers TV, Radio and online. This year's tournament saw audiences increase to their highest level for 13 years, with an average audience of 4.7m per match. "The Six Nations is a crown jewel in the sporting calendar," said BBC director of sport Barbara Slater. "We're delighted that we can continue to bring the tournament to...

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