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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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  • 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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  • City Set To Host Magic Weekend

    The BBC has reported that Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium is to host Super League’s Magic Weekend in 2012. BBC Radio Manchester claims that the decision to move the event to the north west of England is an attempt to boost attendances.  Previous Magic Weekends have been held in Scotland and Wales, where rugby league plays second fiddle to union and therefore bringing it to Manchester, a hotbed of the sport, may make the event more popular. Since the birth of the concept in 2007 the Rugby F...

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  • Manchester becomes Union hotbed

    Greater Manchester has become a hotbed of rugby union development activity as partnerships between the Rugby Football Union, Manchester City Council, Sale Sharks and the Manchester Rugby Union Development Group continue to blossom across the region. The expansion of the rugby union workforce, headed by North West Rugby Development Manager Dave Southern and directed by the city's Rugby Development Officers Phil Clarke and Tom Mapp, is supported by resources provided by the various agencies, wit...

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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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  • 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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  • Ian Robertson To Retire After 46 Years Of BBC

    Former Scotland fly-half and legendary BBC Radio commentator Ian Robertson has announced he is to retire at the end of this year, after 46 years as sports commentator for the broadcaster. His final commentary for the BBC will be during the Autumn Internationals later this year. Next week Robertson will commentate on Scotland v England in the Six Nations for BBC Radio 5 live at Murrayfield – exactly 50 years after he made his international debut on the same ground and in the same fixture in the...

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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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  • RFL Urge BBC to Rethink

    The Rugby Football League (RFL) has expressed its disappointment at the BBC’s decision to ignore the views of sports fans in the consultation process into plans to impose extensive cuts to local Radio services across the country. After launching two consultations last autumn, the BBC received a large response from the public, a significant proportion of which is known to have come from rugby league fans after the RFL led a campaign to raise awareness of the impact of the proposals. As a resul...

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