Francis Baron

  • Peter Thomas - RFU

    The RFU have apppointed Peter Thomas as RFU Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Director which is a new position He will reporting direct to chief executive Francis Baron and head up a new integrated corporate communications and public affairs department within the RFU. Richard Prescott will take on the new role of England Teams Media Director with a remit to integrate our media and communications support across all England representative teams. Richard will report directly to Peter Thom...

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  • Sky's Francis Booked For Rugby Expo "Game Changer" Lecture

    Sky Sports managing director Barney Francis is to deliver the inaugural ‘Game Changer’ lecture which closes the opening day of Rugby Expo 2016 at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on Thursday 3 November. Francis, who joined Sky Sports in 1999 and was appointed MD in 2009, is a highly experienced and respected sports media professional whose unique perspective on the relationship between sports and broadcasters has been forged on the front line of delivering live coverage as well as in the boardroom....

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  • RFU profit

    ... investment increase by £0.6m from £19.3m to £19.9m. Community rugby investment also increased by £1.0m, from £15.2m to £16.2m, due to the successful Go Play Rugby campaign, which recruited 9,500 players, against the target of 6,000. RFU Chief Executive Francis Baron said: “Given that Rugby World Cup years are always financially challenging, it is pleasing to report that our financial performance was strong, that we exceeded expectations and that we invested an extra £1m in community ru...

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  • Burwell Questions RFU Plan

    ... policies, etc and all of that has been funded from the RFU revenues in the period 2006-14, which means that in the period they are now referring to the RFU has no debt,” he said. “So, of course they are able to spend more in that period of time because Francis Baron and Nick Eastwood’s regime of investment in the stadium and infrastructure has meant that the following generation has more money to spend. “The South Stand cost £100 million, so over the past eight years the RFU has effect...

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  • Moves - Phil rejoins Rhino

    Phil Keith-Roach, scrum coach to the England’s 2003 World Cup winning side, has re-joined Rhino Rugby, the firm he helped establish over 25 years ago. Widely regarded as one of the leading scrummaging gurus in the world, Keith-Roach played a part in the founding of Rhino in the early Eighties, working alongside his then teaching colleague at Dulwich College, Tim Francis, the inventor of the groundbreaking Powerhouse scrummaging machine. Rhino Chief Executive Reg Clark commented: “It’s fan...

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  • ER2015 gets Deighton and Beaumont on board

    England Rugby 2015 has altered its management team for the second time in just a few weeks, adding RFU chairman Bill Beaumont and former LOCOG chief executive Paul Deighton to its board. The organising body for the 2015 Rugby World Cup appointed LOCOG’s former head of sport operations, Neil Snowball, as rugby operations director earlier this month and has now moved to capitalise on the success of the Olympics even further. Deighton was responsible for delivering London 2012, raising £2bn from...

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  • Sky Wins Rights To Junior And Women’s World Cups

    The IRB has revealed that Sky Sports has won the UK broadcasting rights for both the Women’s Rugby World Cup and IRB Junior World Championship taking place later this year. Sky has aired previous editions of the tournaments, including the record-breaking Women’s Rugby World Cup 2010, and further information on the details of the rights and any other bidders have not been released. Pool matches, semi-finals and finals of both the women’s tournament in Paris from 1-17 August  and the junior...

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  • Harvey And Bombrys Join Expo Chief Execs Panel

    Rugby Expo 2016 have announced that Heath Harvey, chief executive of Saracens and Nathan Bombrys, managing director of Glasgow, have joined the line-up of expert speakers at their event in Coventry on 3rd November. They will be joined by David Armstrong of Wasps and Mike Rush of St Helens Rugby League on a ‘CEO Council’ which will discuss and debate the biggest rugby issues of the moment in an hour-long session which promises to be one of the highlights of an outstanding day. The CEO Council...

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  • Sky Signs Trio Of International Deals

    Sky Sports has moved to seal three major contracts with international rugby union governing bodies as it prepares to face tough competition from the new BT sports channel. The broadcaster has signed four-year deals with the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU), the French Rugby Federation (FFR) and the Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) to show the autumn internationals featuring all three nations. The satellite TV giant takes France and Italy’s fixtures from ESPN and Ireland’s matches from the BBC...

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  • Sky Signs Up England’s Autumn Internationals Until 2020

    Sky has sewn up the rights to a lot of England’s internationals until 2020 in a deal reported to be worth somewhere in the region of £35 million. That is almost double the £18m paid for the current contract, which expires at the end of the autumn internationals next month and Sky reportedly saw off strong competition from BT Sport to prolong its partnership with the RFU for another five years. The agreement means Sky Sports will broadcast England’s autumn internationals and World Cup warm-...

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