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  • Premiership Rugby Threatens to Quit Europe

    Premiership Rugby has confirmed that it may pull out of the Heineken Cup and the Amlin Challenge Cup. Premiership Rugby chief executive, Mark McCafferty said, “We hope there will now be an urgent dialogue about the future of European cup rugby, including qualification, Competition formats and ambition to expand into new Markets.” The news comes weeks after Running Rugby reported that there were many issues to be resolved for the tournament to be maintained, as the English and French clubs c...

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  • StubHub And Viagogo Raided By CMA Officials

    Officials raided the London offices of ticket resale companies StubHub and Viagogo as part of an investigation into suspected breaches of consumer law in the “secondary ticketing” industry after the two firms refused to co-operate requests for information. Officers from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) seized information about the companies’ relationship with prominent ticket touts, who harvest tickets for in-demand sport, music and theatre events and sell them via sites that ar...

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  • World Club Challenge To Be Expanded

    Officials from across the world of rugby league have held a meeting to discuss the details of a possible expansion of the World Club Challenge. This year’s Competition takes place at Headingley Stadium on Friday and is between Leeds Rhinos and Melbourne Storm but it is set to be held down under next year for the first time since 1997 and is then likely to expand to accommodate six teams in 2015. Super League and NRL clubs have reportedly agreed to the changes and they now have to be ratified b...

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  • Guinness Extend With Pro12 Amidst Talk Of Global Expansion

    Guinness has signed a three year extension to its sponsorship of PRO12 Rugby, taking the partnership up to 2020. The season about to get under way is the third of the original three year deal which was reported at the time to be worth in the region of €2.5 million (£2.1m) . The new deal is believed to include an increase on that figure and covers the full tournament naming rights. Guinness are also believed to be one of the front runners for a replacement sponsor for RBS on the Six Nations Ru...

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  • Marinos Back As SANZAR Chief

    Sanzar has announced former chief executive andy Marinos will return to the role at the start of next year to replace Kiwi Greg Peters. The South African, who previously served as SANZAR chief between 2008-10, will rejoin the organisation on January 1 from the South African Rugby Union where he was running commercial and marketing operations for the past five years. Marinos' first major task is to oversee the expansion of Super Rugby, with teams from Japan and Argentina, which Peters has joined,...

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  • Super 18 Reverts To 15

    Super Rugby will revert to a 15-team format from next season, with three current sides set to be cut: two from South Africa and one from Australia. Governing body Sanzaar has confirmed that it is the national governing bodies of the two countries involved who will decide which sides are to be cut. It is expected that the two South African franchises with the least support and poorest results, the Cheetahs based in Bloemfontein and Kings in Port Elizabeth will be cut. SARU have said that a consul...

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  • No Relegation, But Why Not Seven Nations?

    Amongst all the excitement of the Six Nations increased rumblings of support for the introduction of promotion and relegation into the Competition can be heard. Whenever Italy take a heavy beating, such as the one Ireland inflicted upon them last weekend, the issue gets more traction. The unspoken assumption is that the Azzuri would drop out. After nearly twenty years in the Competition Italian rugby at club and international level is possibly relatively weaker than it was thirty five years ago....

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  • MLR Forms A New Plan For Pro Rugby In The US

    Professional rugby union in the United States will rise again in 2018 in the form of Major League Rugby (MLR) which claimed in a press release late last week that it will become the premier rugby Competition in the United States. Formed and owned mostly by a group of pre-existing domestic clubs the inaugural league will feature nine teams in a Competition to run in the spring of 2018 and to climax before the June international test window. MLR will launch with members in: Glendale, CO; Kansas Ci...

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  • Super 7s Latest Idea To Woo US Audiences

    Plans were announced this week for an ambitious professional rugby union sevens Competition featuring 48-minute matches, kicking off in the US next year The Guardian has reported. The Super 7s format was trialled in Philadelphia in 2014 with a game between teams from New York and Canada. The new concept is designed to broaden the appeal of sevens rugby union to US TV audiences away from the traditional one- or two-day tournament model, involves interchangeable squads of 16 to 21 players playing...

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  • Canada-Based Team Seek To Join Championship One

    The Rugby Football League has received an application from Rugby League Canada to enter a team based in Toronto into the Kingstone Press League One Competition from the 2016 season. Their proposal, which includes an offer to sponsor the Competition as a whole, was put forward at a meeting of Championship clubs in Leeds last Wednesday. An RFL spokesman said: "We have received an application from a Canadian consortium to enter a team into League 1 [the current Championship 1] in the 2016 season. "...

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