Ben Lovell

  • Rugby Retail Reaching Its Peak

    With the Premiership and Pro12 kicking off in just over two weeks and schools across the UK back already or going back in the next few weeks, rugby retail is approaching its peak season and certain trends are already becoming clear. A study by Big Bug Sports found that adidas dominated the Aviva Premiership boot market last season with a 43 per cent share and that is reflected in the wider rugby retail market with the German sportswear giant, which made a gross profit of €3.44 billion in just...

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  • Stags Look for Stability Before Growth

    For many clubs, a rapid rise of the like the Hemel Stags have experienced would, for some, be an opportunity to sit back and look at they’ve achieved. However, with the clubs debut in Championship 1 just around the corner, there’s still plenty to work on to build on their recent successes. Running Rugby spoke to Tom Williams, community manager at the club to see what they have planned for the future. The sentiment was clear; the focus is on long term success. Having previously been let down...

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  • Rugby Re-united

    Saracens and England full back Dan Scarbrough on how a succession of injuries led him to set up a social networking site   It’s September 2004, Saracens versus Worcester in the second game of the year and I’ve just sub-luxed my shoulder (where it pops out and in) scoring my first try for Saracens. This is the umpteenth time over the last couple of years this has happened; things don’t feel right and haven’t for a long time. But as rugby players do, I patch myself up and get on with it....

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  • Connacht take it up a gear with Mazda

     Connacht has ended their 14 year relationship with Bank of Ireland by reportedly signing a new 3-year sponsorship deal with Japanese car manufacturer, Mazda. As Connacht look ahead to their first season in the Heineken Cup, a need to perhaps compete financially with their opponents has driven them to seek out a better financial deal. Therefore they have reportedly turned down €100,000 a year from Bank of Ireland, a deal which they have Benefited from since shortly after the game turned profe...

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  • Accounts,Funding and Financial Services

    Rugby Finance, Accounts and Funding.This section focuses on the finances that drive rugby business. The governing bodies and top tier clubs in league and union in UK and Ireland generate collectively over £600 million in turnover each year.We report and archive financial performance in rugby in more detail than any other media channel. We analyse and compare current rugby finance and related news against past reports, interview leading figures from rugby bodies and experts in tax, financ...

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  • What does it take to run the biggest club rugby competition in the world?

    What does it take to run the biggest club rugby competition in the world? DAVID LAWRENSON finds out from ERC chief executive Derek McGrath   The Heineken Cup has been one of the great success stories of rugby union in the open era, becoming the biggest club competition in the world. In December, a record crowd of over 76,000 watched Stade Francais play Harlequins at the Stade de France in Paris - a remarkable achievement considering the first final in 1996 attracted less than 22,000. Days befor...

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  • SSE help power the RFU

    Leading energy company, SSE, have been announced as the National Community Partner of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) in a three year partnership.  SSE will invest ‘significantly’ to support community rugby in England and take on the title sponsorship of the National and Divisional Leagues. Sophie Goldschmidt, who joined the RFU as Chief Commercial Officer in July, commented: “The announcement of SSE’s investment in the grassroots game is a credit to both SSE’s dedication to the develo...

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  • Commercial

    RunningRugby.com is positioned at the hub of the business community of both codes of rugby with a focus on the UK and Ireland. The RunningRugby.com website has more than 4,000 registered users who are all business decision makers in the sport. The site averages around 5,000 unique users per month and our email bulletin is sent to all our subscribers, the open rate average is over 1,000 and the list of those who engage is like a who’s who of pro rugby. Our partnership with specialist recruitmen...

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  • Roger Lewis - Group Chief Executive, WRU and Millennium Stadium

    Running Welsh rugby is one of the toughest jobs in the sport but WRU chief executive Roger Lewis has used his experience in the music business to turn things around. DAVID LAWRENSON reports.   Thirty years in the music business doesn’t seem the ideal preparation for taking on one of the toughest jobs in rugby. But after two and a half years as chief executive of the Welsh Rugby Union, Roger Lewis seems to be hitting the right notes. Trying to fulfil the expectations of a rugby-mad nation and...

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  • Pitch Protection

    RUNNING RUGBY looks at a new easy-to-use system which could protect pitches from heavy rain and frost   After years of drier, milder winters, the past few months of rain and frost have brought a few headaches to groundsmen up and down the country. Grass pitches have improved out of all recognition over the last decade thanks to technology and sophisticated drainage systems but games are still being cancelled or ruined as a spectacle, because the playing surface has not been protected against a...

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