James Downey

  • Heineken Cup v James Bond

    Heineken may have forked out a huge sum to sponsor the new James Bond film but how does it compare to the firm’s sponsorship of Europe’s premier rugby union competition? According to Sports Marketing Frontiers, the famous Dutch beer brand paid around $45m (£28.13m) on the Bond partnership to cover nearly a third of Skyfall’s budget where as Heineken Cup sponsorship costs the company just €10m (£8m) per year. And, as the graph below demonstrates, outside of the summer months the Heineke...

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

    ... delighted to continue our relationship with Europe’s premium rugby tournament. “RTÉ Radio is looking forward to bringing expert commentary and analysis with Michael Corcoran and 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 co...

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  • Bedford Blues Appoint Two New Directors

    Bedford Blues have welcomed two new members to their board of directors with James Stonor and Leigh Mansell both accepting invitations from chairman Geoff Irvine with immediate effect. Leigh is a name very familiar to all at Goldington Road having been involved with the club from boy to man. Having originally joined the Junior Blues, Leigh went on to play for the Colts before making his First XV debut against Old Paulines on Boxing Day 1989. The prop continued to play for the Blues until 2003...

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  • James Grant Group Acquires Waterton Limited

    James Grant Group (JGG), the UK-based TV, music, sport, literary and social talent management company, has acquired leading rugby union agency Waterton Limited, which is owned and managed by Derwyn Jones. The acquisition will see some of the biggest players in world rugby, including the likes of Sam Warburton and James O'Connor, join the James Grant stable of clients. JGG is based in Chiswick and the acquisition of Waterton Limited will enhance the their geographical reach. Derwyn Jones will joi...

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  • Elston Resigns As Wakefield COO

    James Elston has resigned from his position as Wakefield Trinity Wildcats chief operating officer after more than a decade at the club. Elston started off as a community development manager 12 years ago, before working his way up to senior roles and recently took the position of chief executive officer. He will remain a member of the community trust. Elston commented on his announcement, saying: "Having spent nearly 12 years at the club, I have made the difficult decision to resign. I have some...

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  • RFL Recruit New Commercial Director

    The Rugby Football League (RFL) have announced the appointment of James Mercer as commercial director. “I would like to welcome James to the RFL and look forward to working with him at what is a very exciting time for Rugby League,” said RFL chief executive Nigel Wood. “James has a proven track record of commercial delivery and his rich experience has an important role to play as we look to achieve our objectives of growing the sport at every level. “James will be able to offer a total p...

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  • Face-To-Face With... James Whitburn

    Running Rugby spoke to James Whitburn of Elite Sports Properties (ESP), the master licensee for the Rugby World Cup. Approximately four billion people are expected to watch the Rugby World Cup on television, in addition to 2.3 million ticket holders. And, with 20 nations competing in 13 stadiums across 11 host cities, the potential appeal of the tournament is huge. He has also been heavily involved in other high profile sporting events, such as the 34th Americas Cup yacht race (for which he cre...

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  • More Changes At Hull FC

    James Rule has resigned as chief executive of Hull FC, ending his seven-year stay at the KC Stadium. The resignation of Rule, along with that of community executive Jon Flatman, follows a re-structuring of the coaching department. Shaun McRae has returned to the club as director of rugby, there is a new head coach in Peter Gentle and assistants Lee Radford and Andy Hay. Adam Pearson, who bought the club in July, said: "Both James and Jon have played key roles in the running of a club under very...

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  • North East Fans Backing Big Events Ahead Of Magic Weekend

    Over 30,000 tickets have already been sold ahead of the Super League's Magic Weekend at Newcastle's St James' Park on the final weekend in May. With four months to go until the annual rugby league event, ticket sales are going well and Chronicle Live's Mark Smith has suggested that the strong sales figures indicate that fans in the North East have an appetite for more major sporting events. St James' Park will also host three fixtures at this autumn's Rugby World Cup and Newcastle Falcons rece...

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  • Rhinos Reach Segeyaro Settlement

    Leeds Rhinos have agreed to a settlement that will allow hooker James Segeyaro to join NRL side Cronulla Sharks with immediate effect. The player was placed on the transfer list by the Rhinos last December with a valuation of £250,000 following the announcement by the player that he would not return to fulfil the remaining two years of his contract with the Rhinos. Leeds chief executive, Gary Hetherington said, “We have agreed to terms with James Segeyaro to enable him to sign with the Cronul...

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