James McManus

  • MacManus Brings First Concussion Claim In NRL

    The first case of an Australian rugby player launching legal action against a former club employer for their handling of concussion injuries was raised this week as James McManus claims Newcastle Knights should have forced him into retirement in 2013 but their failure to do so resulted in him suffering up to 10 concussions and permanent brain injury. It is expected that the case will have ramifications for the sporting and legal fraternities and could result in a flood of claims by other players...

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  • St Helen's Loss

    St Helens rugby league club have announced a loss of £250,000 for 2006. Chairman Eamonn McManus expressed his disappointment, adding that progress on the new stadium is the only sure resolution to the long-term financial stability of the club. He said: “2006 was a year of unparalleled success for the club on the field. However, this was not adequately reflected in the commercial performance of the club. This was most disappointing. In the pursuit of headline-grabbing revenue increases, not en...

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  • Saints Chairman Shows Support for Bulls

    St Helens chairman, Eamonn McManus, has called for the Bradford Bulls to remain in the Stobart Super League despite the clubs financial concerns. Saints have followed the recent action of the Leeds Rhinos and donated the proceeds of the away tickets from their most recent home match against the Bulls to the club and McManus is hopeful that they remain in the top flight next season. “As long as the new owner of the Bulls is fit for purpose then we are strongly of the view that they retain their...

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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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  • 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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  • St Helens Hail Financial Transformation

    St Helens have claimed they are expecting to break even in 2014 and to improve further financially in the years ahead. Chairman Eamonn McManus has revealed that the investment in their new Langtree Park stadium is beginning to provide financial benefits for the club and that they could expect further improvement in the coming years. "The substantial long term investment in our new stadium, along with an improvement in Super League's financial position generally, is now bearing fruit for the club...

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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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