Les Smallwood

  • Mark Evans - Harlequins RFC

    Mark Evans, the chief executive of Harlequins rugby union club, is a man with strong views on the sport. He talks to DAVID LAWRENSON   If Mark Evans had followed his initial career path, he would probably be the head teacher of an inner city comprehensive or even a Labour MP instead of running one of the most famous rugby clubs in the world. The chief executive of Harlequins began his working life as a teacher while playing rugby for Saracens in the amateur era. After hanging up his boots, Mark...

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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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  • Mark McCafferty of Premier Rugby

            As chief executive of Premier Rugby, Mark McCafferty has been at the forefront of the battle between the clubs and the RFU. But with long-term agreements in place he tells DAVID LAWRENSON that the Premiership is ready to move up a level   Mark McCafferty is looking forward to a brighter and Less fraught future when the new Guinness Premiership season kicks off. The chief executive of Premier Rugby, which runs the elite rugby union club competition in England, has endured some turbul...

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  • Tour Aid

      SARAH GRIFFITHS reports on a new charity using rugby to help youngsters from developing countries   Sport in general plays its part in charitable causes but non more so than rugby union. At the heart of the game are its values; the way the game is played on the pitch and the way it is portrayed off it. From grassroots to professionalism, the sport looks after its own and tries to give generously to others Less fortunate. It is, therefore, not surprising that charities established within and...

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  • The Yanks are coming!

    GARTH DAWSON, of marketing company korero, on Lessons rugby can learn from American sports marketing   June 28, 2005 - Malcolm Glazer takes full ownership of Manchester United FC September 5, 2006 - Randy Lerner buys majority share of Aston Villa FC February 6, 2007 - George Gillett and Tom Hicks buy Liverpool FC September 29/30 2007 – NHL’s Anaheim Ducks v Los AngeLes Kings (O2 Arena) October 10, 2007 – NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves v Boston Celtics, (O2 Arena) October 28, 2007 – NFL...

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  • Puma's coaching support

    Puma are supporting the Association of Rugby Coaches (ARC), which was established at the end of 2006 and now has almost 300 members. The core members are lower level and grassroots coaches who are completing their badges and are primarily involved with coaching schoolchildren. The ARC is open to all levels, abilities and gender and it provides a unique opportunity to access the professional world of the rugby. For a £45 subscription fee, members get a number which will allow them to access the...

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  • The Bosses - Nic Cartwright

    DAVID LAWRENSON talks to a former rugby league chief executive who is tackling one of union’s toughest jobs   Nic Cartwright clearly relishes a challenge. After eight years of helping to establish a top-flight rugby league club in London, he now finds himself at the helm of the troubled Celtic League side Edinburgh. Earlier this year, a dispute arose between Edinburgh franchise owner Bob Carruthers and the Scottish Rugby Union. The situation was only resolved in August, when the franchise agr...

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  • Jewson build on Gloucester partnership

    Jewson, the UK's leading supplier of building materials has signed a three-year agreement to become Gloucester main sponsor. The deal, which is the biggest in Gloucester's history and one of the most significant in the Guinness Premiership, comes at key time for the club. In addition to a new South Stand development, that will take Kingsholm's capacity to more than 16,000, they have made a string of signings, including former Bradford Bull Lesley Vainikolo and World Cup winner Jeremy Paul. Glouc...

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  • Against all odds

    GEOFF LIGHTFOOT reports on an amateur rugby league club in Merseyside who are thriving in a deprived area   From a council estate in St Helens, Merseyside, to one of the top amateur rugby league clubs in the country, the story of Blackbrook Amateur Rugby League club is a Lesson in how a group of enthusiasts can, against all the odds, achieve something great. And because Blackbrook grew out of the local community, it has never lost its roots. It is still at the centre of that community and has,...

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  • A knights tale

    Eight promotions in 15 years have brought the Doncaster Knights to the brink of the Premiership. DAVID LAWRENSON looks at how a club who began league rugby in Yorkshire 2 in 1987 have done it   John Lowe, who was chief executive of Doncaster Knights until last year and remains a director, has been at the club from the start [in 1987?] and maintains that their success has been built on sound business principLes. An early promotion to Yorkshire 1 was followed by a period of stagnation, so John an...

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