James Rule

  • Moves - Hull appoints new CEO

    Hull FC are delighted to announce that James Rule has been appointed as Chief Executive as part of a management restructuring at the club. David Plummer takes up a position as Finance Director as Rule moves from his role as Commercial Director. 28-year-old Hull born Rule will become the youngest CEO in the Super League era and admits he is relishing the opportunity. “It is a privilege and an honour to have been made Chief Executive of Hull FC, Rule said.” “We have a hugely talented playing...

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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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  • Vikings CEO Becomes Part-Owner

    James Rule, the Widnes Vikings chief executive, has become part-owner of the club and will now join the board of directors. Rule took over much of the day-to-day running of the club from Steve O’Connor in September 2012. He now becomes a major stakeholder alongside Matt Beech, Brian O’Connor, Steve O’Connor and Roddy Sneddan.and is delighted to have become part-owner of a club that he believes has a bright future. "When Steve proposed me taking an ownership stake, I didn't hesitate. I be...

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  • Rule Appointed at Vikings Despite Ban

    From This is Hull and East Riding: DISGRACED former Hull FC chief executive James Rule has been appointed to the same role at Widnes Vikings – despite currently serving a suspension imposed by UK Anti-Doping. Rule was handed a two-year ban last December, back-dated to June, for his part in a cover-up after former Great Britain centre Martin Gleeson tested positive for the stimulant methylhexanaemine. Rule was barred from any involvement with rugby league players, but the Rugby Football League...

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  • Ex-Hull Trio Banned after Doping Conspiracy

    Former Hull FC centre Martin Gleeson, chief executive James Rule and coach Ben Cooper have been banned for anti-doping Rule breaches. Gleeson failed a drugs test in May following a game at Salford in which he scored two tries. Rule and Cooper were found to be "complicit in the lies" that followed the test. Gleeson, who had his contract terminated in September, has been banned for three years, with half of that suspended. Rule is banned for two years and Cooper for two years, with one suspend...

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  • O’Connor Steps Down As Vikings Chairman

    ... after they went into administration in 2007 and has helped them to return to Super League, will still be one of the main directors on the board but the club wants new directors to help and provide “fresh skill sets and investment”. Chief executive James Rule, who has previously held the same position at Hull FC, will stun run the club on a day-to-day basis and he says the move is a sensible one as the club attempts to be more “sustainable” and compete in rugby league’s top flight. “...

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  • Beech Becomes First New Director In Vikings Reshuffle

    ... “fresh skill sets and investment” and Matt Beech has been named as the first new director. The owner of Maltacourt, which specialises in international shipping and freight forwarding, grew up in the local area and is a lifelong Widnes fan and CEO James Rule says he is a great addition to the board. “He recognises the key role that we have to play, not just on the field but also off it, within the wider community of Halton,” he said. “Matt has been very successful in business. His know...

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  • Vikings On Voyage Towards Sustainable Future

    Widnes Vikings are “not far off” being a sustainable club, according to chief executive James Rule.The Vikings, who were on the verge of bankruptcy in 2007, returned to Super League last season after a six-year absence, assisted by the deep pockets of benefactor Steve O’Connor. The club are currently seeking investment from elsewhere after O’Connor’s decision to step down from the chairmanship last month. “There has been a phenomenal amount of interest,” Rule tells Running Rugby. ...

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  • RFU Support 5-Year Residency

    The RFU is supporting the extension of the international qualification period for players from three to five years. World Rugby is due to vote on the issue in May after launching a review involving consultation with 126 unions last November. The Telegraph has reported this week that any proposal for change is likely to face considerable opposition – as it did when the issue was last raised following the 2015 World Cup – but the RFU is determined to argue the case and hinted that it may impos...

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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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