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  • Navy Blue Is The Colour Of Choice For Rugby Agent Niall Woods

    Ever wondered how agents work? Well, thescore.ie turned to rugby agent Niall Woods, managing director of Navy Blue sports management agency, to give an insight into the work of an agent. The former Ireland international talks openly about his client’s wants and needs. The article also gives a great account of how Woods got into the industry. To read more visit the website via the link below. http://www.thescore.ie/niall-Woods-navy-blue-1132996-Oct2013/#EmailArticle...

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  • Widnes Promote Dave Rolt To Head Of Commercial

    Widnes Vikings have reacted to the departure of Michelle Holmes by promoting Dave Rolt to the role of head of commercial. Rolt has been a key stakeholder of the club over many years, where he has supported and filled a number of crucial operational posts, most recently commercial partnerships manager. Following the departure of Holmes from the role, Rolt will take up the post with immediate effect. Widnes CEO James Rule said: "Dave has fabulous connections throughout the sporting and business co...

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  • Face-To-Face With... Dave Williams

    Rugby agent and manager of Big Bug Sports Dave Williams talks about the state of agents in modern day rugby and how the industry has changed over the years since he became involved in representing players. He also lends his expert opinion on the so-called 'exodus' of players to France and discusses issues of player sponsorship, the salary cap and contract insurance.

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  • Interview with NRL's Dave Smith

    As NRL strengthens their financial position with a new TV deal, The Australian newspaper publised this interview last week: “We are in pretty good shape as a sport,” says Dave Smith, the Welsh-born banker turned ­National Rugby League chief executive, with a healthy dose of understatement from his office overlooking Sydney’s Moore Park. Three years ago, when Smith was a surprise appointment to head up a loss-making NRL, ­battling to fend off the aggressive, ­increasingly professionalise...

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  • Red Devils Appoint Vickers As CEO

    Salford Red Devils have appointed Martin Vickers as CEO, with Dave Matthews becoming chief financial officer, as the ambitious club continues its restructure ahead of an assault on Super League. Martin Vickers, who left his role as strategic director of customer services at Salford council, which was reported to be worth £134,000 per annum, in August, said: “We are now reaching the point where we need to expand the back office operation having completely rejuvenated the playing side of the cl...

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  • Dave Swanton Joins Board At Sale

    Sale Sharks have appointed one of their longest serving employees, Dave Swanton, to their board of directors. Swanton will continue in his role as head of media and will add customer services director to his job title. An employee at the Sharks since 2000, Swanton was brought to the club by Brian Kennedy and had previously worked for Warrington Wolves and Wigan Warriors. Swanton said: "I have always had a good relationship with our supporters and they know they can speak to me to put their point...

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  • Radio 5 Live's "Biggest Committment" To RL

    ... Radio 5 live is making its "biggest ever commitment to rugby league" after confirming a new programme dedicated to rugby league will be aired for the 2014 Super League and Challenge Cup season on its BBC Radio 5 live sports extra station. Hosted by Dave Woods, ‘5 live Rugby League’ will broadcast more than 70 live commentary games on Thursday and Friday evenings on 5 live sports extra with contributions from rugby league regulars George Riley and Stuart Pyke. There will also be news, inte...

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  • Face-To-Face With...Dave Williams

    Commercial director of Running Rugby Dave Williams talks about the day-to-day objectives and challenges of running a rugby business news website. He discusses the origins and purposes of the site and its growth as a business, as well as the ongoing demands to reach out to new audiences.

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  • Thompson Back On Board At Falcons

    The former chairman of Newcastle Falcons has rejoined the club as a member of its board of directors reports the Newcastle Chronicle. Dave Thompson ran the rugby union club for 13 years as chairman, before handing over the reins to current boss Semore Kurdi in 2011. Mr Thompson, who made his millions in the IT sector, bought the Falcons from then Newcastle United owners Freddy Shepherd and Sir John Hall when the pair began splitting up a consortium of sports clubs that included the Eagles basket...

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  • How Irish Player Agents Are Regulated

    The Irish Times last week looked at rugby player agency in Ireland and how it is now regulated by the players' union IRUPA: Since rugby became professional agents have been around, growing at first but now at a steady 12 in Ireland. Initially the parents of players helped their sons to negotiate the contracts and commercial opportunities that began to open up. But latterly the move has been towards those who do it full-time. There once was Frank Cullen, Dave Kearney and Frank O’Driscoll steppi...

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