Jon Dutton

  • Dutton Announced As RLWC 2021 CEO

    The Rugby Football League has announced that Jon Dutton has been appointed as chief executive of the Rugby League World Cup 2021. Jon, 44, will commence his role on February 1st 2018 leaving his current post as RFL director of projects & people. Jon, who led the successful bid for the tournament including a £25m funding award from HM Government, is a sports management graduate with over twenty years’ experience in the sports industry. He has previously worked for organisations that includ...

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  • Dutton Acknowledges Four Nations Failings

    Rugby league’s Four Nations tournament director Jon Dutton has given the tournament a score of seven out of 10 and admitted he was disappointed with some of the attendances. A total of 153,664 fans went through the turnstiles for the seven matches in the Four Nations at the KC Lightstream Stadium, John Smith’s Stadium, Ricoh Arena, Zebra Claims Stadium, London Stadium and Anfield, which means they were at just 68 per cent of capacity overall. A better performance by England would have booste...

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  • BBC To Show All 31 Games Of RLWC2021

    ... 2017. Rugby League already has a strong presence on the BBC with 40 weeks of coverage on network TV every year with the Super League Show and Ladbrokes Challenge Cup programmes transmitted from February to October. Rugby League World Cup 2021 bid lead, Jon Dutton said: “We are pleased that the BBC will show all 31 games throughout the 2021 World Cup live. This is a very significant moment for the sport and will enable visibility and profile for the tournament like never before. We look forwar...

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  • Record Commercial Success For RLWC2013

    ... than double the next best back in 2008, to be returned to the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) and the RLWC operations director and the team at Repucom behind the analysis of all of the data have told Running Rugby why it was such a success. Jon Dutton, who was involved in all aspects of the tournament from stadium selection to broadcast deals to hospitality as operations director, says that the organisers exceeded just about every target except for one and the overall financial ret...

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  • RFL Partners With Supporters Direct

    ... trusts in rugby league since forming the first at Warrington Wolves and it has helped six clubs across the country, including Hunslet Hawks, Hemel Stags and Rochdale Hornets, to enter supporter community ownership. RFL director of projects and planning, Jon Dutton, said: “Supporters Direct have an important role to play in rugby league by providing support and advice to clubs and fans who wish to work together for the mutual benefit of everyone. “All our clubs are deeply rooted in their ow...

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  • Eversheds Sutherland Become First RLWC 2021 Partner

    Rugby League World Cup 2021 have announced their first official partner: the global law firm Eversheds Sutherland. The company will provide all aspects of legal advice for the competition. Jon Dutton, chief executive of RLWC 2021, said: “To secure the first official partner more than four years out from the tournament is great news, particularly given that Eversheds Sutherland are a global brand with 66 offices across 32 countries. “Eversheds Sutherland will bring strong legal acumen to help...

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  • PRO12 Punt For Rhino

    Rhino Rugby today announced its appointment as Official Ball Supplier to the RaboDirect PRO12 for the next 4 seasons. The deal represents a significant move into the performance rugby union ball market, which has to date been dominated by a small number of suppliers. The ball, called the Rhino Vortex Elite, was trialled by some of the tournament’s leading kickers, including Stephen Jones (Scarlets) and Chris Paterson (Edinburgh) as part of the approval process. All twelve teams in the competit...

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  • Rugby Expo Day One Content Announced

    Rugby Venutures, the management team behind Rugby Expo has announced the conference programme content for day one of the event.  Day one of Rugby Expo will be focused on the professional game. With a list of high profile international speakers from rugby as well as the wider world of sport, the programme will include four plenary sessions and 11 workshops, open to attend by all delegates. The main stage will play host to Paul Vaughan, CEO of RWC 2015, John O’Neill, CEO of Australian Rugby Uni...

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  • Pitch Protection

    RUNNING RUGBY looks at a new easy-to-use system which could protect pitches from heavy rain and frost   After years of drier, milder winters, the past few months of rain and frost have brought a few headaches to groundsmen up and down the country. Grass pitches have improved out of all recognition over the last decade thanks to technology and sophisticated drainage systems but games are still being cancelled or ruined as a spectacle, because the playing surface has not been protected against a...

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  • RR speaks to Robin Bye

    Outside of those reading this magazine, there probably aren’t huge numbers of people who had the fortune to combine their sporting passion with working life. But for Robin Bye, former Brand and Media Director and Saracens, that’s exactly what he’s been able to do for the last decade. And following ten years at the creative helm at Sarries, he has now gone solo, setting up Byelateral – an independent creative consultancy specialising in the design and delivery of innovative solutions for...

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