Gavin Mairs

  • Henson Used In Marketing Stunt

    Saracens have grabbed the attention of the rugby public with a marketing move involving former player Gavin Henson. Sarries play Henson's current club Bath on Sunday and have offered all travelling fans with a Bath postcode a full ticket refund if the Welshman, who only made three Premiership appearances for Saracens in 2010/11, manages to score a single point. The stunt has been widely criticised with the general consensus being that Saracens are ‘picking’ on their former player and, whil...

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  • Champions Cup To Partner With XIX

    ... branding success of celebrities including David and Victoria Beckham is understood to have reached an agreement with the organisers of the European Rugby Champions Cup to help propel the worldwide profile and commercial value of the new tournament, reports Gavin Mairs in the Telegraph. XIX Entertainment, owned by entertainment guru Simon Fuller, is to be tasked with finding four to six global brands to be sponsor partners of the new European tournament that will replace the Heineken Cup next s...

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  • Gavin Duffy Joins Connacht Commercial Team

    Connacht have appointed former captain Gavin Duffy as senior development executive within their commercial and marketing department. Duffy, who has a Commerce Degree from NUI Galway and a BA in strength and conditioning from Setanta College, will take up the role in July following the birth of his second child. In the full time position based at the Sportsground in Galway, Duffy will be charged with driving new business with local, regional and national enterprise as well as continually developi...

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  • England Plan To Play Regularly In The North

    England are to play one of their World Cup warm-up matches, against Ireland or Wales, in Manchester or Newcastle next year - as the start of a plan to regularly take Tests away from Twickenham to broaden support for the game reported Gavin Mairs in The Telegraph this week. The RFU are also keen to play one of England’s autumn Test matches outside London each year from 2020 in a move that represents a shift in policy by the governing body and a boost for supporters in the north. Outside of Worl...

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  • First Pick To BT Sport In Historic New European Agreement With Sky

    BT Sport will have the first choice on broadcasting matches involving teams from the Aviva Premiership in next season's new elite European tournament, reveals Gavin Mairs in The Telegraph. It is thought that the new competition will involve teams from all of the Six Nations' countries and will run alongside a challenge cup, to replace the existing Amlin Challenge Cup, and a developmental tournament. The historic new broadcasting agreement between BT Sport and Sky Sports has been agreed after l...

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  • The Rugby Paper Launches In Scotland

    The Rugby Paper has recently launched in Scotland after starting in England and Wales back in 2008 and establishing itself as a best-selling rugby title. It is the only all rugby union Sunday newspaper covering the previous day’s matches from around the world featuring the Scottish national team to club sides in the RaboDirect Pro 12 and their Scottish feeder leagues and will be priced at £1.50. Regular columns from Gavin Hastings are planned and it will be available every Sunday in WHSmit...

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  • Will New NRL TV Money Lure Super League Talent?

    A Guardian article by Gavin Willacy looks at ever-increasing TV income for rugby league in the southern hemisphere and it's potential impact on recruitment of young Super League talent. The NRL is about to take another huge step further ahead of Super League with the announcement of a free-to-air TV deal worth “up to $925m (£435m)”. Channel 9 are going to pay $185m (£87m) a year to show four games a week from 2018 to 2022, all of them on free TV and their digital platforms. That’s nearly...

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  • Exiles Board Conisder £3.5M Offer

    Telegraph Sport has reported that a consortium of Irish businessmen have made an offer of more than £3.5 millon (€3.9m) to buy Premiership club London Irish. Gavin Mairs writes that the consortium is made up of five businessmen, three of whom are based in Ireland, and that the offer was formally discussed with the club’s representatives at a solicitor’s office in London last Thursday. The formal offer is understood to have been made just before Christmas and the consortium is now awaiting...

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  • Tier 1 Nations To Gain £19m Each From France 2023

    Rugby union’s tier one nations are set for a £19m (€21.5m) windfall each from the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France. Gavin Mair in The Telegraph wrote this week how the £350m (€395.5m) guarantee from France 2023 will be shared with the ten tier one nations sharing £192.4m between them. The 10 tier-one countries - England, France, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Italy, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Argentina - are expected to share a record payout from World Rugby while remainder will...

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  • ER2015 To Learn Lessons From Test Event

    England Rugby 2015 chief executive Debbie Jevans has spoken of how the committee responsible for organising the Rugby World Cup will learn lessons from the recent test event it staged. The England vs Samoa autumn international test match at Twickenham was used by ER2015 as a trial event to test logistics and travel ahead of the evening kick-off - a scenario that will play out once again at next year's opening game between England and Fiji. Jevans revealed to iSportConnect she was happy with how...

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