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  • Celtic stadium proposals

    Super League newcomers Celtic Crusaders have submitted plans to Bridgend County Borough Council for a new state-of-the-art stadium. Proposals for a 15,000-capacity venue at Island Farm, Bridgend, include bars, corporate hospitality and conference suites, educational, recreational and community facilities, media suites and offices and a large indoor training facility. Crusaders chief executive David Thompson said: "The Crusaders are now playing at the elite level in the UK and we are committed to...

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  • New FIR Agreement Confirmed

    The Federazione Italiana Rugby (FIR) will join Celtic Rugby as an equal partner ahead of next season, confirming the continued participation of two Italian teams in what is currently known as the RaboDirect PRO12 for the next four years. Following a meeting in London on Tuesday 4 March between the FIR and the Celtic Rugby Unions (SRU, IRFU, WRU), an agreement was reached for the Italian federation to join Celtic Rugby as an equal partner from 1 July 2014 onwards and the terms of participation...

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  • Rabo Direct Take Early Exit

    ... end of this season - three years into a four year deal. RaboDirect have stated their "key business objectives have been achieved." RaboDirect's main focus is on Ireland, and as such the organisation has decided to focus on sponsorship within Ireland. Celtic Rugby are now in search of a third sponsor since 2006 (Rabo followed cider brand Magners two years ago). Tim Bicknell, General Manager at RaboDirect, said: “The partnership with the PRO12 has helped us achieve key business objectives and h...

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  • Zebre Collapse, FIR Take Over

    ... season. A new company called Zebre Rugby Club Company has been created and a new chief executive and directors have been appointed. An FIR spokesperson told BBC Wales that Italy will continue to have two teams in the Pro12, honouring an agreement with the Celtic Rugby Board. Meetings are to take place this week to determine the rebranding of the new side from the old organisation, with matters such as contracts and insurance to be discussed with players and staff.  ...

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  • SRU Open To Football At Murrayfield

    ... with the football team playing games at the stadium. And SRU chief executive Mark Dodson has made it clear that he would welcome the SFA using the 67,000-seater BT Murrayfield if it decides to move away from Hampden. BT Murrayfield hosted two of Glasgow Celtic's Champions League games earlier this season while their Ibrox stadium was used during the Commonwealth Games. Dodson said: "We hosted Glasgow Celtic when they couldn't use their own ground during the Commonwealth Games, so we're open to...

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  • Exiles try Brentford

    ... the Bedford Blues is also a possibility. Despite currently struggling at the bottom end of the table, the Exiles have dreams of getting into the Premiership, although if the RFU eventually dispense with promotion and relegation they might look to the Celtic League.

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  • Scorpions Become Ironmen and Hunslet's Hawk Is Replaced

    All change at Kingstone Press League 1 club, South Wales Scorpions as they become South Wales Ironmen in 2017. The club that was formed in 2009 when Celtic Crusaders moved to north Wales will also move home from Caerphilly to the artificial surface of Merthyr Tydfil’s Wern Park for next season. A new main sponsor in construction firm Dribuild has also been announced as well as a new kit supply contract with Macron. Lee Byrne, the ex- Ospreys, Wales and British Lions full back has become their...

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  • Ireland Name 2023 Bid Stadiums

    ... Limerick and Belfast's Kingspan at Ravenhill were listed alongside eight GAA venues including Croke Park, Pairc Ui Chaoimh (Cork), Casement Park (Belfast), Fitzgerald Stadium (Kerry), Pearse Stadium (Galway), McHale Park (Mayo), Nowlan Park (Kilkenny) and Celtic Park (Derry). It has been forecast that hosting the Rugby World Cup in 2023 could provide a €2 billion boost to the local economy.    Rugby chiefs say this would be the biggest event ever put on in Ireland. IRFU chief executive Phil...

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  • O’Regan Working On Munster’s Next Generation

    Munster have become one of the most successful rugby regions in the British Isles over the course of the past decade and much of their success can be traced back to unsung figures like Finny O’Regan. The side has captured the Heineken Cup twice, the Celtic League three times, the British and Irish Cup and the Celtic Cup in the last ten years and none of that would be possible without the likes of the club’s community rugby officer. O’Regan, a former Highfield RFC scrum half and youths coac...

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  • Twin Peaks

    ... support nearly three to one, but there were encouraging signs in a double-header last season when the different groups tried out the other code. The dual-code scenario is a rather different one in Bridgend, where big-time rugby union in the shape of the Celtic Warriors Welsh franchise disappeared. Last season this was replaced by the successful emergence of the Celtic Crusaders rugby league venture in National League Two, which is two divisions below the Super League. As the Crusaders prepared...

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