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  • GB Sevens Team Gets Official Seal Of Approval

    Great Britain Rugby Sevens Limited has now been officially ratified by the British Olympic Association (BOA) and World Rugby and the body’s board of directors has been unveiled. England’s men's and women's teams guaranteed qualification for Team GB by finishing in the top four of the end-of-season rankings on the HSBC Sevens World Series and Ian Ritchie, Robert Howat and Gareth Davies will represent the RFU, SRU and WRU respectively on the new board. Rob Andrew (RFU), Joe Lydon (RFU), Toni B...

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  • Ellerton Departs Heineken For BOA

    The British Olympic Association (BOA) has announced Tim Ellerton as its new commercial director. Ellerton, who was previously Heineken’s global sponsorship manager, will start in the post in the new year. He will head up the BOA’s commercial operations and revenue generating activities including commercial partnerships, sponsorship, licensing, fundraising, and retail. He will also be part of the BOA’s senior leadership team. During his eight years at Heineken he was responsible for the com...

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  • Steele Gets English Institute Of Sport Job

    The former CEO of the RFU, John Steele, has been appointed chair of the English Institute of Sport (EIS). The appointment comes at a time when the aim is to win more medals in RIO 2016 than at London 2012. Steele, who is currently CEO of the Youth Sport Trust and has previously been CEO at UK Sport, will replace Steve Cram after he stepped down in June 2013 after 10 years of service. The institute has more than 250 staff and provides sports science and medical support to in excess of 1,700 at...

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  • Performance guard

    Oso Athletic claim they have produced a mouth guard which improves performance. They say that 90 per cent of the population has a lower jaw that is not in its optimal position, which causes mis-alignment throughout the body, resulting in an inefficiency in flow of oxygen, muscle recruitment, strength and balance. The company say that the Oso guard ensures that the jaw is in perfect alignment, thereby setting the rest of your body and muscles in the perfect state for optimum sporting performance....

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  • Olympic Stadium joins 2015 RWC Shortlist

    London’s Olympic Stadium may be used to host matches during the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The company who manage the venue, the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC), has submitted an application for it to be used during the tournament. After the Games, the stadium is to be downsized from its current capacity of 80,000 to 60,000 and will act as a multi-use arena. It is still unknown who will be primary tenant for the ground, the decision is due to be announced by the OPLC after the event has finished...

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  • Roof To Be Scrapped At 2019 RWC Final Stadium

    Japan’s sports minister has revealed that the roof planned for the country’s new Olympic Stadium could be scrapped in order to ensure that construction work is completed in time for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. The £867 million stadium in Tokyo will act as the centrepiece of the 2020 Olympics as well as the Rugby World Cup a year earlier and Hakubun Shimomura has indicated that construction of the state-of-the-art retractable roof should be delayed until after the Olympics. He has also suggest...

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  • Eagles Get Disappointing News About Olympic Legacy Park

    Sheffield Eagles have discovered they are not the preferred option for tenancy of the new Olympic Legacy Park to be opened next year. Sheffield Eagles met with representatives of Olympic Legacy Park Ltd on Monday this week. A club statement said that “whilst the news and decision is not the preferred option of Sheffield Eagles, the club will work with all parties to ensure the club is back in Sheffield and at the Olympic Legacy Park in 2018." The decision made by the Olympic Legacy Park Ltd wi...

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  • Drawer Joins RFU As Athletic Performance Manager

    The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has appointed deputy director of performance solutions at the English Institute of Sport (EIS) Scott Drawer as its new athletic performance manager. Drawer, who will start his new role on 1 February 2014, will be responsible for the men’s and women’s international teams outside of the England Senior Elite Player Squad. He has previously worked with British athletes preparing for five summer and winter Olympic and Paralympic Games and will now work with the...

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  • World Cup Role for Olympic Stadium?

    The Mail Online have run the following article: Organisers of the 2015 Rugby World Cup want to use the Olympic Stadium as one of their venues for the country’s next global sporting event. But their plan to make a formal application is on hold because there is uncertainty over issues such as tenancy and future capacity. It is expected that the stadium, which currently holds 80,000, will eventually be occupied by West Ham United.  ‘We have the option of using the Olympic Park to stage matches...

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  • Rugby Told Plastic is Not So Fantastic

    Rugby has been urged by a leading Hockey coach to give up on the idea of playing on artificial grass, the advent of which in the 1970s revolutionised the game of stick and ball. This year Widnes Vikings became the first Stobart Super League club to play their home games on a synthetic surface and Saracens appear to be on the verge of activating plans to convert the present athletics field at Barnet Copthall Stadium into an all-weather pitch for Aviva Premiership action. Artificial grass is syno...

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