Jon Dye

  • 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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  • Eddie Jones - Saracens

    Eddie Jones has left Saracens to be replaced as director of rugby by Brendan Venter. Jones, a former coach of the Wallabies, is returning to Japanese rugby on a full-time basis to take up the role of general manager with Suntory.

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  • The Co-operative sign new 3 year deal with The RFL

    The Co-operative have signed a new three-year sponsorship deal with the Rugby Football League which has seen the National 1 and National 2 competitions being renamed The Co-operative Championship and Championship One. Their backing for the competition below Super League will now runs through to the end of the 2012 season and means that, despite the economic downturn, the RFL have long-term contracts in place for all their domestic competitions. Clubs in the Co-operative competitions will be play...

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  • Crusaders prepare for super future

    The Celtic Crusaders stunned the rugby league world by winning one of the new Super League licences despite only being formed three years ago. DAVID LAWRENSON charts their phenomenal rise     Just over three years ago the Celtic Crusaders were little more than an idea, yet in three months time they will be joining the likes of Leeds, Wigan and St Helens in rugby league’s Super League. It would have been a remarkable achievement for any club let alone one from South Wales. The Crusaders were...

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  • Working Week - Kit man at Harlequins RL

    Steve Magee is the kit manager with Harlequins RL. Born in West London, Steve was originally a Fulham football fan, becoming groundsman at the club in the late 1970s. However, when chairman Ernie Clay launched a rugby league side in 1980, he fell in love with the game and continued to help them out even when they left Craven Cottage and played at numerous grounds under a variety of names. He joined the full-time staff in 1996 when they were the London Broncos. Now based at the Twickenham Stoop w...

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  • RFU's Disciplinary procedures

    Events surrounding England’s tour of New Zealand this summer were a timely reminder that as rugby union becomes ever more high profile, issues of on and off field discipline are increasingly significant to both players and clubs alike. So with a new season upon us it’s probably appropriate to look at the Rugby Football Union’s discipline function and the process followed when disciplinary matters arise. Responsibility for discipline lies with the RFU’s disciplinary officer, His honour Ju...

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  • Music lessons

    Playing the right music is an important part of the gameday experience at most professional rugby clubs these days. DAVID LAWRENSON checks out who plays what, when and why.   Where would you hear classical music, Led Zeppelin, punk anthems, a bit of ambient, the odd dance track and even a bit of brass band music all lumped together? On matchdays at a professional rugby club of course! Music at rugby grounds has come a long way since the days when the odd scratchy 45 was played over an antiquate...

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