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  • RTE Sport & Newstalk Agree Radio Deal With EPCR In Ireland

    ... panellists including Donal Lenihan, Shane Byrne, Paddy Wallace and James Downey over the coming season. “Coverage will be on both RTÉ Radio 1 and 2FM, and listeners can expect an exciting tournament in the months ahead.” Off The Ball managing editor, Ger Gilroy, said: “We’re incredibly excited about the coming season of European rugby and thrilled to be part of the competition for the next three years. “These games have thrown up some of the biggest occasions in Irish sports history...

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  • Abbey Insurance Back Ulster Stand And Academy

    Abbey Insurance has announced two major sponsorship agreements with Ulster Rugby. The three-year partnership will see Northern Ireland's largest locally owned insurance broker sponsor the Ulster Rugby Academy and Kingspan Stadium's Family Stand. The exclusive agreement will see the Aquinas end stand at Kingspan Stadium renamed the Abbey Insurance Family Stand with the brand rolling out a range of family friendly match day initiatives throughout the season. The Academy will be branded the Abbey I...

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  • Halfpenny’s Under Armour Deal A Game Changer For Rugby

    Elite rugby players signing agreements with sports brands is nothing new but Leigh Halfpenny’s recent deal with Under Armour has been described as a “game chanGer”. It is said to be the most lucrative deal in Northern Hemisphere rugby and may also eclipse the top contracts in the Southern Hemisphere as well but it is the finer details that set the four-year agreement apart, together with the message it sends out. From the recently retired Jonny Wilkinson and Dan Carter to Jonathan Sexton a...

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  • Roger Lewis - Group Chief Executive, WRU and Millennium Stadium

    Running Welsh rugby is one of the toughest jobs in the sport but WRU chief executive RoGer Lewis has used his experience in the music business to turn things around. DAVID LAWRENSON reports.   Thirty years in the music business doesn’t seem the ideal preparation for taking on one of the toughest jobs in rugby. But after two and a half years as chief executive of the Welsh Rugby Union, RoGer Lewis seems to be hitting the right notes. Trying to fulfil the expectations of a rugby-mad nation and...

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  • Rugby on wheels

    SAM PAGE an analysis from Out of Play on the work she did with the British wheelchair rugby team in the paralympics   For those who are not yet familiar with the explosive world of Wheelchair Rugby, my advice would have to be, check it out. High speed and high impact, Wheelchair Rugby will make even the fiercest adrenaline junkies cringe (as they watch some of the ‘wheelchair rugby big hit’ videos on YouTube). At the same time, ‘rugby’ (as we all call it) will have the chess-playing tac...

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  • Scrumsmart in Austria

     Over 100 players from four different countries attended a session of Scrumsmart at the inaugural Rauris International Rugby Festival near Salzburg in Austria. The festival, the brainchild of Rhino Rugby director and former Great Britain rugby league team manaGer, Abi Ekoku, was sponsored by Austrian Chalets. It featured various sides from the host nation, including an Austrian development squad, which played an international invitation XV. A women’s tournament was held for sides from Aust...

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  • Music lessons

    Playing the right music is an important part of the gameday experience at most professional rugby clubs these days. DAVID LAWRENSON checks out who plays what, when and why.   Where would you hear classical music, Led Zeppelin, punk anthems, a bit of ambient, the odd dance track and even a bit of brass band music all lumped together? On matchdays at a professional rugby club of course! Music at rugby grounds has come a long way since the days when the odd scratchy 45 was played over an antiquate...

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  • Mark McCafferty of Premier Rugby

            As chief executive of Premier Rugby, Mark McCafferty has been at the forefront of the battle between the clubs and the RFU. But with long-term agreements in place he tells DAVID LAWRENSON that the Premiership is ready to move up a level   Mark McCafferty is looking forward to a brighter and less fraught future when the new Guinness Premiership season kicks off. The chief executive of Premier Rugby, which runs the elite rugby union club competition in England, has endured some turbul...

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  • Behind the brand - Puma

    WHO ARE THEY? Puma are one of the world’s leading sports/lifestyle brands. Their aim is to ‘fuse fashion with sports performance and be at the forefront of both those categories’.   WHAT'S THE HISTORY? Rudi Dassler worked for his brother Adi, founder of adidas, before setting up his own company in Herzogenaurach, Germany in 1948 which became Puma.   WHO'S THE BOSS? Jochen Zeitz, who was a former marketing executive at Colgate-Palmolive Co. Zeitz became Puma's marketing chief in 1991 and...

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  • Regeneration game

    With the rugby union season coming to an end, LAURENCE GALE MSc of pitchcare.com looks at the work which should be done to renovate the pitches   The rugby union season has now virtually finished, with the exception of a few cup games and sevens tournaments that run on into mid-May. The combination of sunny spells, lack of rain and drying winds at this time of the year will have increased the rate in which soils are drying out. Many grounds become bone hard and start cracking, particularly clay...

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