John Booth

  • Constant Pitch

    A rugby pitch used 12 months of the year by both codes represents a tough challenge for a groundsman. Christopher Irvine talks turf with Headingley’s Jason Booth   Play rugby league and rugby union on one pitch, which amounts to over 70 matches a year, and you’ve got trouble. “It's like trying to keep two wives happy," according to Jason Booth, the rugby head groundsman at Headingley Carnegie.  The other confession of the Leeds groundsman is that Headingley, unlike most pitches at profes...

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  • Smith Returns to Exiles

    London Irish has announced that former England attack coach, Brian Smith, will become their director of rugby. Having previously held the role with the Exiles for three years between 2005 and 2008, Smith will rejoin the club immediately to work with Toby Booth, who will remain Head Coach. His contract will run until the end of the 2014/15 season. Andy Martin, London Irish CEO said: “We have made great strides over the past couple of years to make this club successful both on and off the field...

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  • Gold Reveals Bath Switch

    Gary Gold, former Newcastle Falcons head coach has confirmed that he will become Bath's new director of rugby following weeks of newspaper speculation.    Gold revealed the news in an interview with Ballz Visual Radio:  "I'm really excited and I'm taking some good coaches with me as well," Gold told Ballz Visual Radio. "Bath is a wonderful place and the west country in England is really the heart of rugby in the UK so I am really relishing the challenge." "It's a magnificent club and they hav...

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  • RugbyTradeDirectory Launched At AJ Bell Stadium Event

    ... years with organisers claiming that over 50 exhibitors and 200 delegates will be networking in an informal manner. The event is free to attend and exhibitors cover all aspects of the running a rugby club, both league and union. RTD’s managing director John Booth said; ”We have organised over 30 football networking events over the past few years and we have been urged by many in rugby that we know to organise a rugby themed event. The AJ Bell Stadium is a natural choice, apart from superb fa...

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  • New Pitch for Headingley

    The oldest pitch in elite British sport is set to be replaced after it was announced that the rugby pitch at Headingley Carnegie Stadium is to be replaced. The pitch, which dates back to the opening of the stadium in 1890, was last relayed in 1963 when Headingley became the first club ground in British sport to install undersoil heating. However, work will begin on 8th October to dig out the old pitch and drainage to be replaced by a modern surface and infrastructure. The project will cost aroun...

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  • John Hussey elected president of the IRFU

    Dublin businessman John Hussey created a piece of sporting history when he became the first member from St. Mary’s College RFC (founded 111 years ago) to be enrolled as the 124th President of the Irish Rugby Football Union, at the Union’s annual Council Meeting in the Aviva Stadium, today, July 22nd.   A well-known chartered accountant, Hussey’s high profile business life includes a 12 year stint as Managing Partner of Arthur Young & Company, after which he spent a number of years as...

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  • Gloucester legend John Brain passes away

    Gloucester Rugby have reported that John Brain, a long-term servant to the club, has died after suffering a heart attack early yesterday morning. Brain made almost 300 appearances for the club and returned after retiring, having spent a brief spell at Bedord. He served as assistant coach and in a scouting role before being made Rugby Operations Manager for the 2011-2012 season. He also helding coaching positions with Worcester Warriors and Bristol Rugby during his career but it was the Kingshol...

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  • York City Knights Transfer Of Ownership Complete

    York City Knights Ltd and York City Knights Holdings Ltd have confirmed that the ownership of both companies has now been transferred from John Guildford to Jon Flatman. The Championship 1 club said that they will announce further developments under the new ownership in due course relating to but not limited to players, sponsors, partners, merchandise and season tickets. The new chairman, Jon Flatman, stated: 'I would like to thank John Guildford for the manner in which he has delivered a debt f...

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  • Ramnesty International

    Over 4,000 used balls - including rugby balls, cricket balls, footballs, basketballs, handballs, hockey balls, netballs, rounders balls, softballs and volleyballs - have been handed in to Ram International by schools throughout the UK under their Ramnesty scheme. Over 100 schools upgraded their old balls with half-price Ram match balls and, as a result, several thousand African children will benefit from having the older ones to play with. The used balls were collected from Ram’s warehouse for...

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  • League And Union Clubs Nominated For Groundsmanship Awards

    Clubs in both rugby union and rugby league have been nominated in categories for the upcoming Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) Awards in December. Both Harlequins and Worcester Warriors are on the shortlist for the IOG Professional Rugby Union Grounds Team of the Year award, whilst Castleford Tigers and Wigan Warriors are up for the league equivalent. Both Worcester and Castleford were up for the same awards last year but both lost out to Myles Landick of Jersey and Jason Booth at Leeds respect...

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