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  • Fan Focus - Crusaders RL

    CHRIS JONES   Age: 46 Occupation: Royal Mail employee Why do you support rugby league? I followed Wrexham football club for 41 years, but I had always been interested in the great Widnes team of the 1980s, with all the Welsh boys who played for them. Now with a club based in Wrexham, where I live, it was natural to support the Crusaders. How many live games do you attend per year? Apart from holidays, every one; I only missed three games, home and away, last season. I’ve been to every Super L...

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  • Super League Popular on All Fronts

     After the first five weeks of the 2012 Stobart Super League, attendances are almost 10 per cent up on the corresponding period last year whilst television viewing figures are at record levels. Comparisons with Rounds Two to Five of 2012 and last year – figures from the opening rounds have been disregarded because of the statistical skew caused by Magic Weekend, which kicked off the 2011 season - show a sport enjoying burgeoning popularity. The average aggregate crowd per round so far in 2012...

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  • BBC Commit to Rugby League Until 2016

    The Rugby Football League (RFL) have announced that they have agreed a new contract that will see BBC Sport remain as the principal broadcaster for rugby league’s oldest and most prestigious knockout competition, the Carnegie Challenge Cup, for the next five years. The deal ensures that the Carnegie Challenge Cup final will continue to be broadcast live on BBC1 until 2016. The BBC will also broadcast live matches in the fourth and fifth rounds, quarter-finals and semi-finals for the duration o...

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  • Sky Sports to Screen Live Challenge Cup Action

    The Rugby Football League (RFL) have reached an agreement that will see Carnegie Challenge Cup fixtures broadcast live by both Sky Sports and the BBC. For the first time in the competition’s history, Sky Sports are to screen ties from fourth, fifth and quarter-final rounds of this year’s tournament alongside the existing coverage on BBC1 and BBC2. Today’s announcement follows on from the RFL securing a lucrative new five-year contract that will see the Challenge Cup shown on BBC until the...

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  • Hardcastle Appointed Bulls Director

    Bradford Bulls have appointed local business woman Kate Hardcastle as their first ever female director as the club rebuilds after the recent takeover. Hardcastle becomes the first woman to sit on the Super League club’s board after she was named as a non-executive director and her focus will reportedly be building the Bulls brand, boosting support among families and increasing the number of opportunities for women in the sport. Having won the prize for Outstanding Business Woman in Yorkshire &...

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  • Figures Highlight TV Conundrum for Rugby Rights Holders

    A survey of last year’s TV viewing figures in Britain shows that governing bodies in both codes of rugby continue to be confronted with a conundrum on their broadcast strategy. Should they go for the greatest reach or is it better to ensure increased investment at the expense of greater exposure?The numbers made available to Running Rugby by SportBusiness Intelligence, the research and consultancy arm of the SportBusiness Group, from its 2012 report `Watching Brief`, reveal that the most watch...

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  • Company Behind ‘The Call Centre’ Sponsors Ospreys

    The Ospreys have signed up a surprise new shirt sponsor in the form of the firm behind the BBC3 fly-on-the-wall documentary ‘The Call Centre’. Save Britain Money Group, which will also be an official partner of the Ospreys’ schools programme, has become increasingly well-known over the past month since the television series first aired and has now struck a commercial agreement with the Welsh rugby outfit for its branding to appear on the back of the playing shirts. The programme takes an e...

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  • RLWC Viewing Figures Make For Good Reading

    Official viewing figures from England’s contest with Fiji last weekend in the Rugby League World Cup 2013 show that a peak audience of 2.2 million people were watching and the game had a 15 per cent share of the total viewing audience across all channels. The impressive figures saw off competition from other sporting events on air at the same time. The ATP Tennis World Tour Finals on BBC2 received a peak figure of 1.2 million viewers, England’s rugby union match against Argentina received...

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  • Ladbrokes Odds On As Challenge Cup Sponsors

    The Rugby Football League (RFL) has agreed a three-year partnership with betting and gaming company Ladbrokes to become title sponsors of the Challenge Cup. The new deal is thought to be worth somewhere in the region of £1 million per year. The Ladbrokes Challenge Cup will be contested by 78 clubs drawn from the First Utility Super League, Kingstone Press Championship and League 1 as well as the community game, Armed Forces, police and the University and College competitions. The new partnershi...

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