Grand Slam

  • £1m Grand Slam Bonus On Offer For Six Nations Winners

    Competing nations will be playing for a £1m Grand Slam bonus when the Six Nations kicks off in Cardiff on Friday evening. Peter Jackson in The Rugby Paper reports that the tournament, which keeps soaring in commercial value, will this year offer prize money totalling almost £13m. For the first time, a team winning all five matches will scoop more than a third of the jackpot at around £4.6m. The difference between unbeaten champions and runners-up this year could be as wide as £1.8m with seco...

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  • Moves - Mike Ruddock

    Worcester Warriors are delighted to announce that Mike Ruddock OBE has today been named the new Director of Rugby at Sixways.   Ruddock is regarded as one of the best coaches in the rugby world after leading Wales to the Grand Slam in 2005. The 47-year-old, who has signed a three-year deal, has enjoyed previous spells at Swansea where he won Welsh league titles in 1992 and 1994 and the Welsh Cup in 1995. Ruddock has also been director of coaching at Leinster and coached at Ebbw Vale and Newport...

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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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  • Old Trafford To Host Grand Final Until 2017

    Super League has agreed a new deal with Manchester United to secure Old Trafford as the venue for the Grand Final for a further four seasons until 2017. Nigel Wood, Super League chief executive, said: "The Super League Grand Final is a world class sporting event and I am delighted that we have reached agreement with Manchester United for it to remain in a world class venue. The first Super League Grand Final was played at Old Trafford in 1998 but the stadium has provided the backdrop for so...

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  • Grand Final To Stay At Old Trafford Until 2020

    Super League (Europe) Ltd and Manchester United have agreed for the Super League Grand Final to continue to be played at Old Trafford for another three years until 2020. The Betfred Super League semi-finals take place this week with league leaders Castleford Tigers facing St Helens on Thursday (7.45pm) and Leeds Rhinos take on this year’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup winners, Hull FC on Friday (7.45pm) with the winners securing their place in the Grand Final on Saturday, October 7th. Super League c...

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  • Europe 7s Grand Prix Returns To Sandy Park

    Exeter's Sandy Park will once again host the final leg of the Rugby Europe 2016 Grand PRIX 7s series. The 2016 leg of the tournament will take place on July 9 and 10 - with competing teams confirmed in due course. Thousands of spectators packed into the Devon venue for this year’s hugely successful event, which brought together Europe’s top 12 countries for two days of sevens action. Speaking about the news, Exeter Chiefs chief executive Tony Rowe OBE said: “As a club we're delighted t...

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  • Beaumont Named RFU Chairman

    ... Beaumont has been appointed as chairman of the Rugby Football Union (RFU). Beaumont will take over from Paul Murphy, who will now be president of the RFU following the departure of Willie Wildash. Born in Lancashire, Beaumont led England to their first Grand Slam in 23 seasons in 1980 and last year failed in an attempt to become chairman of the International Rugby Board (IRB). Beaumont says: “I was fortunate enough to captain my country and everything since then has been about putting somethi...

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  • Money to be Made from Oval Ball Memories

    ... shrewdly. Increased visibility thanks to the growth of the World Cup and Heineken Cup alongside the eternally popular Six Nations has led to a greater demand for memorabilia. Rugby’s `Grand marks`, such as the All Blacks and Lions, lead the way but each Grand Slam adds another fable for items to be attached to. “People tend to like the history, the link to memorable times,” says Dai Richards from Rugby Relics. “There are two types of collector in my experience, the one who wants every W...

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  • Super League Grand Final To Draw Biggest Ever Crowd

    This weekend’s Super League Grand Final between Wigan and Leeds will be played out in front of a record crowd after tickets officially sold out on Tuesday. It is the first time that a crowd of more than 73,000 will be watching rugby league’s showpiece occasion at Old Trafford and the attendance will surpass the previous Grand Final record of 72,582 for St Helens v Hull in 2006. The gate for the 2014 Super League Grand Final between Wigan and St Helens was 70,102 and Super League general mana...

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  • FFR Signs Construction Contract For Grand Stade

    The president of the FFR, Pierre Camou, has finally signed the new stadium construction contract for the Grand Stade project. The building of a new home for French rugby on an old race course in Ris to the south of Paris was announced in 2009 but it has encountered a number of setbacks. The FFR signed the contract to build the proposed new stadium with the Ibelys Group last Friday in the presence of Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who praised the sporting project by calling it "innovative and well...

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