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  • Chris Taylor Joins Huddersfield Board

    Huddersfield Giants have announced that local businessman Chris Taylor will join the club as a non-executive director. Taylor will join the board with immediate effect alongside chairman Ken Davy, managing director Richard Thewlis, deputy chairman Paul Morgan and directors Keith Hellawell, Mel Green and Allan Bamber. The 49-year-old set up Arrow Self Drive with his business partner Robert Hill in 1988, a company that has now grown to become one of Yorkshire's leading suppliers of rental vehicles...

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  • Huddersfiled Man, Andrew Watson Joins Giants

    ... director. Watson has a history with the Giants and Huddersfield Town and said: “It was a real honour to be appointed as commercial director of the Giants. “As a lifelong fan of some 500-plus games, it is going to be a real labour of love. “I served as Ken Davy’s chief executive at Huddersfield Town when he rescued the club in 2003, and also as a director of the Giants, and have a long friendship with Ken and Richard Thewlis. “We have a fabulous commercial team in Brian Blacker, Eorl C...

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  • Pitch problems?

    English clubs are being urged to take advantage of the assistance the Rugby Football Union can give them in eliminating the pitch problems that force games to be called off. TwicKenham head grounds man Keith Kent is the driving force behind an initiative that can dramatically improve playing surfaces by making use of state-of-the-art machinery. The Ruff’s funding subsidizes a Deep Tine Aeration programme with tractors and specialist equipment made available to clubs at cost price. In 2008 more...

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  • Capital gains for Scots

    Over the last nine seasons, London Scottish have worked their way back onto English rugby union’s national stage. Thanks to some heavyweight backers, they’re looking to go further and become a feeder for the Scotland team. DAVID LAWRENSON reports.   London Scottish and Richmond, co-tenants at the Athletic Ground in south-west London, were early casualties at the dawn of the professional era in rugby union. Both tumbled from the elite level down to the bottom of league structure, kicking off...

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  • Gary Hetherington - Chief Exec of Leeds Rugby

    DAVID LAWRENSON talks to Gary Hetherington, the chief executive of Leeds Rugby, about his colourful and varied career.   There aren’t many chief executives who have played the game professionally, launched a players’ union, created their own club from scratch and ended up running a ground-breaking dual code operation. But Gary Hetherington, CEO of Leeds Rugby, has done the lot. Not bad for a lad from a mining community who saw rugby as a way of avoiding life down the pit. Gary has lived and...

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  • Quins going global

    Guinness Premiership club Harlequins have announced a new initiative with sponsors Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates. The club have announced another major partnership with the UAE by developing links with Abu Dhabi rugby club. Based in the capital, they are also sponsored by Etihad Airways and have over 1600 members, ranging from under fives to Under 19s in the junior section and including men, veteran and women in the senior section. As part of the new agreement,...

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  • Winning Promotion

    GARTH DAWSON, of marketing company koreo, looks at ways of promoting your club     Sports promotions have been around ever since Caesar saw the potential of the Lions v Christians and Gladiators v Slaves double header - creating a feast of entertainment seldom seen before or since. Sales promotions are an essential part of any sports organisation’s marketing strategy. In general, match-day and ticket sales promotions include non-price activities such as special events, giveaway items, and ot...

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  • The Bosses - Ian Lenagan

    You can take the man out of Wigan but you can’t take Wigan out of the man. The same could be said of rugby league and the new owner of Wigan rugby league club, Ian Lenagan, embodies both of those sentiments. A successful businessman, who made his fortune through a software company before becoming a producer of West End shows, his lifelong passion remained rugby league and particularly hometown club Wigan. In 2005 he took his first steps into club ownership by becoming the majority shareholder...

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  • Foundation awards for Northern clubs

    Six rugby union clubs in the North will benefit from grants and loans totalling over £43,000, which have been approved by the Rugby Football Foundation. These include a £4,342 grant to Sandal RFC in Wakefield to finance boiler systems, showers and roof work, while at Halifax Vandals RFC a £6,000 grant has been approved to help install floodlights. Disabled toilet provision at Kendal RFC has also been supported with a £6,000 grant. In Lancashire, Bolton RFC will receive an £18,000 loan and a...

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  • Fan Focus - Mel White

    Age: 70   Profile: I am now retired following a career in the insurance industry and, latterly, as chairman of a large social-housing group. Most of my working life was spent on the Wirral, but I was born in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, and lived for some years in London and on the south coast in Hove, East Sussex.     Why do you support rugby? I played union at school in Yorkshire and for Headingley before moving south and playing for Hove. I enjoyed the great friendships, the sportsmanship an...

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