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  • Chime Communications Establishes 'Essentially France'

    Chime Communications PLC and Essentially Group Limited (Essentially) have announced the acquisition of 85 per cent of the share capital of Essentially France. Essentially France was established by Chime, specifically to acquire the Rugby player agency businesses of Pascal Forni, Miguel Fernandez, Laurent Laffitte and Nigel Geany (the 'founders'). France is the largest player management market in world Rugby and Essentially France is now the leading Rugby player agency in France. The new business...

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  • France Launches RWC 2023 Bid

    France officially launched its bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup last week with the French Rugby Federation (FFR) revealing 19 potential host cities and an environmentally friendly transport plan. France wore shirts carrying the France2023 logo in their Six Nations fixture with Scotland in Paris on Sunday, while former internationals Sebastien Chabal and Frederic Michalak were among several high profile ambassadors unveiled to support the bid. France, who last hosted the tournament 10 years a...

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  • France Awarded 2023 RWC

    Hosting rights for the Rugby World Cup 2023 have been awarded to France after two rounds of voting in a secret ballot by the World Rugby Council in London on Wednesday (15th). The selection was made following two rounds of voting: France received 24 votes to South Africa’s 15 in the final round of voting. In the first round, France received 18 votes to South Africa’s 13 and Ireland’s eight. World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said: “Congratulations to France on being elected Rugby World C...

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  • Altrad's Support For France 2023 Bid Displayed On Shirts

    ... confirmed this week that the Altrad Group will support the French bid to host the Rugby World Cup 2023. Altrad becomes the first private company to be displayed on the natoinal team's jersey. The logo will appear on French shirts from this Saturday when France play Italy in Rome in the RBS Six Nations and will remain until the announcement of the hosts for RWC 2023 in November this year. Mohed Altrad, the chairman of the construction firm, is also the chairman of T14 club Montpellier and is inv...

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  • Wakefield To Lose Principal Sponsor

    Wakefield Trinity Wildcats are set to lose their most major sponsor after Eric France Metal Recycling, which trades under JKL (Wakefield) Ltd, went bust. The company, which sponsors the club’s East Stand at The Rapid Solicitors Stadium and has its name on the back of the playing jersey as well as being the main sponsor on the front of the shirt, has entered into a creditors’ voluntary liquidation. The scrap metal firm, which also sponsors Dewsbury Rams in the Championship, is thought to have...

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  • 60 Per Cent Increase In Funds For French Rugby

    The Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR) in France has a funding pool of €115.5m to distribute to clubs for the upcoming 2014/15 season, an increase of around 60 per cent on the figure for the previous year. With a new bumper television deal with broadcaster Canal+ in place, worth a reported €355m over five years, the LNR are now able to reap the financial rewards with the rules on distribution of the money based on four new principles, as revealed at last weekend’s General Assembly. The €115...

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  • France To Consider Shirt Sponsorship Options

    The FFR, the governing body for rugby in France, has confirmed it has ruled out shirt sponsorship rights for it's men's national team but would consider similar deals for the sevens, women's and youth teams, according to a report by Sportcal. France is the only remaining major national side without a shirt sponsor - New Zealand were in a similar position but recently sold shirt sponsorships rights to AIG in a five and a half year deal in 2012. And Bernard Godet, the FFR’s vice president and h...

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  • BBC to Broadcast Autumn Series 2012

    The cream of northern hemisphere Rugby League talent will take centre stage in October and November when England, France and Wales compete in the 2012 Autumn International Series. Each nation will host one match in the series which culminates in the final at Salford City Stadium on Sunday November 11. The RFL has agreed a deal with the BBC that will see all four matches broadcast live on terrestrial television. The 2012 Autumn International Series kicks off on the afternoon of Saturday October 2...

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  • Six Nations Finale Attracts Peak Audience Of Almost 9m

    It may not quite have reached the record levels of last year’s climax but England’s Grand Slam decider against France on Saturday attracted a peak audience of almost nine million. Early estimates suggest that the number of viewers for the final game of the tournament on the BBC peaked at somewhere between 8.4 million and nine million, which isn’t a million miles away from the record-breaking figure of 2015. A peak of 9.63 million viewers watched England beat France 55-35 at Twickenham last...

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  • France Reveals New Stadium Plans

    The French Rugby Federation (FFR) has chosen the architects and unveiled the first plans and pictures of its future 82,000-seater national stadium. The sport’s governing body in France wants to move to a new home 25km south of Paris in Evry-Essonne in order to feel the financial benefit of owning its own ground as opposed to renting the Stade de France. The FFR has now chosen Populous, which has a base in London and worked on both Wembley and the Aviva Stadium, and French firm Ateliers 2/3/4 a...

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