Daily Telegraph

  • Interview: Stephen Brown on Jevans, Transport and Touts

    The Daily Telegraph ran an interview with ER2015 Managing Director Stephen Brown where he discusses Debbie Jevans' departure, transport headaches and ticket touts: He was given less than six months to mastermind the second-biggest sporting event Britain has staged but Stephen Brown insists there is only one person to blame if it all goes horribly wrong. “Me,” says the managing director of England Rugby 2015, the organising committee for this year’s Rugby World Cup, which is now only five w...

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  • Championship Clubs Challenge RFU

    RFU Championship clubs are in dispute with the Rugby Football Union (RFU) over the failure to provide funding they claim was promised to them in an agreement following the makeover of the second tier of English rugby. According to the Daily Telegraph, the clubs say they are each owed £77,000 for the last three seasons, but the RFU has said that the figures, £295,000 per club in 2009-10 increasing to £400,000 in 2015-16, were only estimates. The newspaper also reported that the clubs were expe...

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  • Telegraph Extends Deal With RFU

    ... annual fundraising support for a community rugby initiative. Both will continue to strengthen the Telegraph’s commitment to rugby beyond the Rugby World Cup and we look forward to continuing our relationship over the next three years.” Meanwhile, The Daily Telegraph has also become the official consumer media partner of the inaugural Sports Technology Awards, which were launched last month. The ceremony will take place on 4 April 2014 in London and director Rebecca Hopkins is delighted to h...

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  • England To Ban Player Media Columns During RWC

    The Daily Telegraph has reported that England are planning on taking the unprecedented step of banning player columns or video diaries during the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The move is understood to be at instigated by head coach Stuart Lancaster, who is keen for his players to avoid any extra media commitments for the duration of the touirnament. The move will represent a significant change from the last World Cup in New Zealand in 2011 when the Rugby Football Union (RFU) allowed players to write ne...

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  • ERC Officials To Run New Champions Cup

    The inaugural season of the new Rugby Champions Cup will be run by staff from European Rugby Cup (ERC), the very organisation it is replacing. The Daily Telegraph has reported that ERC employees are poised to administer the new competition for the whole of next season.  European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR), the new umbrella governing body based in Neuchatel, Switzerland, has reportedly entered into a "service agreement" with ERC, providing the Dublin-based company with a stay of execution,...

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  • RFU Postpones League Restructuring

    The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has postponed plans to restructure its leagues below the Championship after mounting opposition, according to an exclusive from The Daily Telegraph. Opposition to the changes came to a head with the Telegraph revelation that clubs in the north of England were threatening to call a special general meeting in an attempt to throw out the proposed restructuring. Now the RFU has been forced into a climbdown after councillors received a letter on last week recommending t...

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  • NRL Clubs Lost More Than A$50M Last Year

    NRL clubs lost a total of $53.4 million (£33m or €38.4m) last year, according to a secret financial document obtained by The Daily Telegraph in Australia on the eve of the season kick-off last week. The NRL governing body also lost more than $2 million (£1.24m or €1.44m)) last year, despite a $50 million (£31m or €36m) advanced payment on the new TV deal from broadcasters Channel Nine. The figures show the Parramatta Eels had the worst result in the year of their salary cap scandal, fin...

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  • Milton Keynes Chairman Quits In Racism Row

    The chairman of the amateur club whose No8 was banned for 12 weeks for calling an opponent a “black c---” has resigned in protest at the Rugby Football Union’s disciplinary process, according to The Daily Telegraph. Milton Keynes chairman John Theobald also wrote to RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie, accusing the governing body of taking “blatant sides” in the racism case involving forward Stuart Tomkinson. Tomkinson was found guilty by an independent RFU panel of racially abusing Slough...

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  • London Welsh Admit Defeat

    The Daily Telegraph has reported that London Welsh will go out of business next week after telling their players to look for other jobs. The Championship club had until December 12 to pay Her Majesty’s Revenues & Customs £250,000, but The Daily Telegraph understands that it has already conceded defeat. There is now a possibility that its match against Doncaster in the British & Irish Cup on Saturday could be the last in a long and storied history. Whether it does survive will depend o...

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  • Scottish Independence Vote Could Trigger Lions Rebrand

    ... renamed 'The Lions' if Scotland votes to leave the United Kingdom during this week's independence referendum. The next Lions board meeting is in October and John Spencer, recently announced at the tour manager for the trip to New Zealand in 2017, told the Daily Telegraph that the issue would be discussed then in light of the result of the referendum. The shortened version of 'The Lions', for which the touring party is already commonly known, would be the most likely option to reflect the change...

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