Gou Zhongwen

  • World Rugby's China Deal With Ali Sports On Hold

    ... Kong’s South China Morning Post as the world governing body assesses the fall-out of sweeping changes in mainland sports governance. World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper said at the HK Sevens last week that gradual changes implemented by China sports minister Gou Zhongwen has trickled down to various sporting bodies in the country and the China Rugby Union is one of those affected. He said the programme, launched in April 2016, has been suspended for about two months – slowing down what was already...

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  • Adidas in price war over Rugby world cup shirts

    According to rugbyweek.com sportswear giant Adidas has found itself locked in a dispute with New Zealand retailers in the lead up to this year's Rugby World Cup over the price of All Blacks' replica jerseys. Adidas released the new jersey last month, expecting strong sales as rugby-mad New Zealand hosts the World Cup for the first time since 1987. But New Zealand retailers said the public had shunned the high-tech tops because Adidas set the local retail price too high at NZ$220 (£115 approx)...

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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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  • In the Swim with Aqua

    Aqua Running are a company specialising in Sports Aquatic Training who say they have come up with revolutionary new training method.  Basically it’s intensive running in the pool without any impact to bones joints and muscles using a Zero Gravity Suit and Aquatic Training Shoes (ATS) The kit can also be used very successfully in the shallows, as the shoe is completely non-slip. What they called their “Intelligent Training “ system is currently being used by the England rugby union team s...

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  • Food for thought

    MARTIN DUCKWORTH looks at the food and drink on offer at rugby grounds up and down the country   As those of us who travel to many different grounds during the course of a season know only too well, the standard of food on offer can vary wildly, from the excellent to the downright awful. While pulling the fat off a particularly greasy piece of bacon hidden inside a large bread roll before a match recently, (I won’t reveal which ground, for fear of embarrassing them) my mind began to wander. W...

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  • Green Star Media Secures Investment

    Specialist digital publishing group Green Star Media has secured a significant venture capital investment to support its growth strategy to acquire special interest magazines and websites. Chrysalis VCT, a leading venture capital trust, has taken an equity stake and provided loan finance, and will take a seat on the Green Star Media board. Green Star has also acquired Peak Performance and Sports Injury Bulletin from AIM-listed Electric Word for an undisclosed sum.  The two sports performance c...

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  • Moulsdale Becomes Crusaders CEO

    Kingstone Press League One club North Wales Crusaders have appointed Andy Moulsdale as the club’s CEO. Moulsdale arrived to play at the Crusaders in their first ever season in 2012, and was named as the Wrexham-based side’s first captain. He also played a key role during Crusaders’ promotion-winning season in 2013. Following the departure of Ryan Gould at the end of the 2016 season, Moulsdale was appointed as the club’s general manager – a role which he held alongside his playing dutie...

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