Lancashire RFU

  • Lancashire Clubs Favour Local Leagues

    ... 8 and 9 having to travel upwards of six-hour round trips within the RFU leagues. At the demand of several clubs, a two-league structure has been proposed to accommodate these clubs and assist them in playing more local rugby against clubs within the Lancashire RFU. Promotion and relegation only between these two leagues is the intention. These ‘Lancashire Leagues’ for club first XVs will be deemed by the RFU to be of merit table format. Lancashire clubs involved: Aldwinians, Ashton under Ly...

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  • Red Rose rugby blooming thanks to Holiday Inn

    The announcement of a new sponsorship arrangement with one of the world's most prestigious hotel brands, Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts, could hardly have come at a better time for the Lancashire RFU as they put the finishing touches to their preparations for the defence of the newly style Bill Beaumont Cup in their 125th Anniversary season.    The RFU decision to add the name of one of Lancashire’s favourite sons to the County Championship was a feather in the cap of the Red Rose county...

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  • Hopwood Joins Lancashire Cricket

    Lancashire County Cricket Club have appointed Justin Hopwood as new sales and marketing director. Hopwood joins from commercial ticketing company the Mike Burton Group where he worked on joint venture companies with both England Rugby and the British & Irish Lions. Bosses at Emirates Old Trafford, LCCC's home stadium, said the 41-year-old will oversee revenue generation and marketing strategy across all parts of the business. That includes cricket ticket sales, sponsorships and partnerships,...

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  • Swanton Leaves Sale Sharks After 17 Years

    Head of media Dave "Swanny" Swanton has left Sale Sharks with immediate effect after 17 years. Further details of his departure have yet to  be made available. Swanton, who also has a radio show on BBC Radio Lancashire, had previously managed a press office for Wigan Warriors and Warrinton Wolves.

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  • RFL Help Leigh Avoid Winding-Up Order

    Leigh Centurions have revealed the RFL have stepped in to help the club avoid a winding-up order brought by HM Revenue and Customs. The sports governing body are to act as brokers with HMRC and help to ensure the survival of the Lancashire based club. Leigh's financial problems have been widely reported over the past months. Their failure to reach the Championship Play-Off final along with the withdrawal of their chairman, Arthur Thomas’ financial backing mid way through the year has led to fi...

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  • The Beaumont Cup

    English rugby's County Championship has been renamed to honour one of the greatest players to have risen through its ranks. This season players taking part in the 118-year-old competition will be battling to lift the Bill Beaumont Cup.   The former England and British & Irish Lions captain has agreed to put his name to the trophy which will be awarded to the winners of this season's final at Twickenham on May 28.   Organisers hope the name on the trophy will help generate more interest in...

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  • UCLan and Wigan Warriors team up

    University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has secured a sponsorship deal with the Wigan Warriors for the 2009 and 2010 engage Super League seasons. The partnership will see the Warriors benefit with video analysis support from UCLan, a number of university degree places for its Accelerate Squad players and staff as well as fitness testing support for all Wigan’s squads from scholarship through to first team. The club aim to use the university’s extensive marketing and communication channels t...

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  • Beaumont Named RFU Chairman

    Former England captain Bill Beaumont has been appointed as chairman of the Rugby Football Union (RFU). Beaumont will take over from Paul Murphy, who will now be president of the RFU following the departure of Willie Wildash. Born in Lancashire, Beaumont led England to their first Grand Slam in 23 seasons in 1980 and last year failed in an attempt to become chairman of the International Rugby Board (IRB). Beaumont says: “I was fortunate enough to captain my country and everything since then has...

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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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  • Durbin Joins Warrington Wolves As CCO

    Warrington Wolves have appointed Geoff Durbin as chief commercial officer ahead of the 2017 season. Durbin joined the team at the start of the year bringing with him over 30 years of experience from within the business of sport having worked at both Manchester City and Lancashire County Cricket Club. He will look to further drive commercial growth across the club including corporate, retail and ticketing. Karl Fitzpatrick, Wolves’ chief executive, said: “We received a number of high-level ap...

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