Doddie Weir Cup

  • Newcastle To Host "The Big One" At St James' Park

    Newcastle Falcons will break new ground on Saturday March 24 when St James’ Park hosts their Aviva Premiership match against Northampton Saints, a game which has been dubbed ‘The Big One’. Newcastle United FC’s 52,000 capacity stadium in the city centre will be the venue for a 5.30pm kick-off, preceded by a 3pm curtain-raiser between Newcastle University and Northumbria University. Mick Hogan, managing director of Newcastle Falcons, said: “The Big One promises to be a major rugby occas...

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  • Players' Union Critical Of Wales V Scotland Autumn Fixture

    ... in November against Scotland - the first northern hemisphere tier one visitors to feature in the autumn international window and only eight months after the teams meet in the Six Nations. This game will also be the first occasion when a newly created 'Doddie Weir Cup' will be played for - donated by the Welsh Rugby Union, the trophy will continue to be at stake when the two sides meet in future similar circumstances. In an interview with The Telegraph, Omar Hassanein, chief executive of the Int...

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  • Henley Fined For Using Unregistered Player Agents

    Henley Hawks say they have been caught out by their own honesty after being slapped with a £1,000 fine by the Rugby Football Union (RFU) says a report in The Oxford Mail. The National League 2 South club were found guilty of engaging the services of an unregistered agent at an independent competitions hearing. It relates to the signings of front-row forward Barnaby Abdale-Weir and half-back James Stevenson-Wright, who have been issued with reprimands for appointing an individual from Inside Run...

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  • Scotland Sign With Gilbert

    Scottish Rugby has signed a new long-term contract with Gilbert Rugby as their official and exclusive ball and equipment supplier. Scottish Rugby director of communications and public affairs, Dominic McKay, said: "We are delighted to be renewing our sponsorship with Gilbert and to continue our long-standing association with such an established brand. "It's reassuring to have the backing of such a quality brand as we look ahead to an action-packed 2012 for all our national teams at all levels of...

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  • Proctor Named RFU Independent Non-Exec Director

    President of GroupM and global media and advertising industry expert, Dominic Proctor, has become the Rugby Football Union’s third independent non-executive director (INED). Proctor’s appointment for a three-year term sees the RFU Board reflecting a broad spectrum of business and finance skills. He joins existing INEDs Marks & Spencer Group plc CFO Helen Weir and John Lewis plc's former group finance director Andy Cosslett. Cosslett was also formerly Fitness First CEO, non-execut...

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  • Genevieve Shore Joins RFU Board As Independent Non-Exec

    The RFU has announced former England international Genevieve Shore will join the board of directors. An experienced technology and innovation executive, Shore becomes the RFU’s third independent non-executive director (INED) with immediate effect. As an England open-side flanker, Shore was part of the 1994 Women’s Rugby World Cup winning team. “I am delighted to be joining the RFU board of directors,” said Shore. “This is a particularly exciting time for rugby – especially the women...

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  • SRU Shake Up

    Glasgow Warriors and Scottish Rugby today announced that Sean Lineen has been appointed to the role of head of player acquisition within the governing body. He will take up the newly created post at the end of the current season, and will also be head coach of Scotland under-20 as of next season. Gregor Townsend, at present an assistant coach with Scotland, will assume the position of Glasgow Warriors head coach when Lineen moves on. Lineen will work closely with Graham Lowe, Scottish Rugby’s...

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  • RR speaks to Robin Bye

    Outside of those reading this magazine, there probably aren’t huge numbers of people who had the fortune to combine their sporting passion with working life. But for Robin Bye, former Brand and Media Director and Saracens, that’s exactly what he’s been able to do for the last decade. And following ten years at the creative helm at Sarries, he has now gone solo, setting up Byelateral – an independent creative consultancy specialising in the design and delivery of innovative solutions for...

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  • Brave new world - Rugby League World Cup

    Rugby League’s World Cup has had a chequered history. With another one looming, RUNNING RUGBY looks at what’s in store   Rugby league was the first of the rugby codes to hold a World Cup, the inaugural event taking place in France in 1954. But in the intervening 50 years the competition has had an erratic and somewhat bizarre history. Sometimes the action has been spread over several years with the result that hardly any of the participants in the opening rounds actually featured in the fin...

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  • From Scrummaging to Shirts

    RUNNING RUGBY reports on Rhino Rugby’s move into the clothing market   How do you turn a company famous for scrummage machines and tackle shields into a top rugby brand for shirts, training gear and leisure wear? The answer is to bring in a specialist merchandising company. Rhino produced the first-ever scrummage machine in the early 80’s, and since then the company has become a byword for tough, rugged training equipment, supplying to the RFU and WRU as well as numerous clubs. When Reg Cla...

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