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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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  • Top Marque Join Forces With James Grant

    Rugby union player management company Top Marque Sports (TMS) have announced their merger with James Grant Group (JGG), the integrated management and professional services company in sport, music and entertainment. TMS, which represents over 60 international players including Dan Cole, Liam Williams, Charlie Faumuina, Will Genia, Simon Zebo and Tommy Seymour, was founded over 13 years ago by Shaun Longstaff (pictured) and his lawyer wife Jenny. Fellow directors and ex-players Jono Stuart and Dar...

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  • William Grant Supply Champagne and Spirits to RWC

    World Rugby has announced the appointment of global premium spirits business and independent family distillers William Grant & Sons as official Spirits and Champagne, Tournament Provider to Rugby World Cup 2015. This partnership will mean William Grant & Sons’ UK portfolio of premium brands including Grant’s, Piper-Heidsieck, Glenfiddich, Hendrick’s, Sailor Jerry and Zubrowka will have exclusive pouring rights at all Rugby World Cup 2015 stadiums. Gary Keogh, Marketing Director, Wi...

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  • Foundation awards for Northern clubs

    Six rugby union clubs in the North will benefit from Grants and loans totalling over £43,000, which have been approved by the Rugby Football Foundation. These include a £4,342 Grant to Sandal RFC in Wakefield to finance boiler systems, showers and roof work, while at Halifax Vandals RFC a £6,000 Grant has been approved to help install floodlights. Disabled toilet provision at Kendal RFC has also been supported with a £6,000 Grant. In Lancashire, Bolton RFC will receive an £18,000 loan and a...

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  • Ireland RL Kick Off Year With Additional Funding

    Rugby League Ireland (RLI) have received a capital Grant from the Irish Sports Council at a valuation of €45,000, according to director Conor Kelly. He said: "As we were about to wrap up for the year came the best present of all. The Irish Sports Council called to say our capital Grant application was successful and we had sports equipment for all our clubs and representative teams valued at €45,000. “It was a huge finale for a very exciting year and we look forward to a future of rugby le...

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  • Bradford Bulls granted RFL membership

    The RFL Board of Directors has agreed to Grant membership of the RFL to Bradford Bulls under the club’s new owners, Omar Khan and Gerry Sutcliffe MP. Membership was suspended earlier this year when the club went into administration. The club was accepted as a member of the RFL today after Mr Khan and Mr Sutcliffe provided all the information required for the governing body to complete its due diligence into their financial status. RFL Director of Standards and Licensing Blake Solly said: “Th...

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  • Hire More Women Or Face Budget Cuts, Says Sports Minister

    English rugby, as well as football and cricket, has been warned by sports minister Helen Grant to appoint more women directors or face budget cuts in Exchequer funding. In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Grant made it clear getting more women into decision-making roles was one of her top priorities. The Rugby Football Union (RFU), along with their football and cricket counterparts, have reportedly been told that at least a quarter of their board members must be female by 2017 if they are...

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  • Heathrow Becomes RWC Partner

    Heathrow Airport has signed a deal to become an official provider to the upcoming Rugby World Cup. The airport, the largest in the UK, is preparing to welcome the majority of the 500,000 overseas visitors anticipated for the tournament. Heathrow joins Duracell and William Grant and Sons as an official provider to the tournament. "We are delighted to welcome another brand sector leader to the international family of Rugby World Cup 2015 commercial partners," said World Rugby chief executive Brett...

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  • 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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  • Widnes Sign Deal With Water Company

    Widnes Vikings have agreed a partnership with bottled water manufacturer Alder Spring.  Alder, which is based in the Cheshire town, becomes the official water supplier to all three of the Vikings’ representative teams. In addition, the company has become a player sponsor of scrum-half Grant Gore.  Sharon Morphet, general manager at Alder Spring, says: "We are delighted to be an official sponsor of the Vikings and are really looking forward to working alongside them for the rest of the season...

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