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  • Virgin Media And Premier Sports Row Continues

    ... frustrating one for many Rugby League fans and the Parliamentary Rugby League Group has even written to Virgin Media in an attempt to resolve the matter in time for the World Cup kick-off. Richard Sweeney, general manager of Premier Sports, recently told Love Rugby League: "It was Virgin Media who first approached Premier Sports about going on the XL platform and withdrew from those discussions at the same time a deal for BT Sport was agreed. The negotiations over the summer were only focused...

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  • Wigan To Play NZ Warriors In London?

    Wigan chairman Ian Lenagan has revealed ambitious plans for international expansion by suggesting to a New Zealand radio station – Trackside Radio - he wants to see his Warriors side take on New Zealand Warriors in London. Following the announcement that Wigan will play South Sydney in Australia in 2018, it appears Lenagan is open to further games against NRL opponents. Lenagan said “We, for example, have a very close relationship with New Zealand Warriors because there’s lots of Kiwis who...

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  • Wakefield Trinity To Lose Wildcats Suffix

    The Wildcats suffix, introduced when Wakefield Trinity joined Super League in 1999, will be dropped from the club's name at the end of this season, according to chairman Michael Carter. The team played as Wakefield Trinity in their Dacia Magic Weekend win over Catalans Dragons last weekend and Carter has indicated to The Yorkshire Evening Post that the Wildcats element is likely to be scrapped in the near future. He said: “It isn’t finalised yet, but I think from next year we will just be...

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  • Sotic Director John Ludlam

    Sotic, the specialist provider of web services and software applications to the sports industry and long-term supporter of runningRugby.com, have announced the sudden and untimely death of their director, John Ludlam. John, who was 51, died after an accident at home this week. After a successful career in the City, John set up Sotic in 2002 with his friend and business partner Leo Mindel and has for the past 15 years been a cornerstone of the company, setting the standards for vision, hard work...

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  • Wildcats Renew Stadium Naming Rights Deal

    Wakefield have signed a one-year extension to the current stadium naming rights deal which will see their Belle Vue ground continue to be referred to as the Rapid Solicitors Stadium in 2014. The personal injury specialists have held the naming rights since 2011 and, although the value of the contract has not been released, Wildcats commercial manager Martin Hopkins says it is “excellent news” for the club. “Rapid Solicitors is a well-known legal brand in the UK. They’ve provided signific...

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  • Bonfield Becomes Company Secretary At Halifax To Support New Board

    Steven Bonfield, a solicitor and a director of Chadwick Lawrence LLP, is about to take up the position of company secretary at Halifax RLFC to support the new board of directors. Bonfield is the supervising partner of the firm’s Halifax office and specialises in corporate and commercial transactions and corporate finance. He is currently acting as legal manager for the multi-million pound ‘HDOne Project’, a massive leisure development at the John Smith’s Stadium, home of both Huddersfiel...

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  • New RL Business Club Launches

    A new business network, The Rugby League Business Network, has been created with a focus on Rugby League and bringing people together through their passion for the sport. The Rugby League Business Network is free to join and open to all and will hold events and activities suited to the business community – from seminars and networking receptions to dinners and tables and boxes at major Rugby League events. Launching the network, founder Mark Ramsdale said: “The Rugby League Business Networ...

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  • Greenberg Is New NRL CEO

    Todd Greenberg has been appointed the new chief executive officer of the Australian National Rugby League (NRL). "Our local and international search identified a number of highly credentialed individuals from both within and outside the game who would have offered a lot to Rugby League," ARLC Chairman John Grant said. "But at the end of the day, Todd ticks all the boxes to be the new CEO. "While we've known all along that he is an outstanding sports administrator with a deep understanding and lo...

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  • Robert Elstone Named SL CEO

    Everton FC have announced that their chief executive Robert Elstone has left the Premier League club to run Super League. There has yet to be an official announcement from the RFL yet it is understood he will start the new job on June 1st. Elstone, a Castleford Tigers fan and previously assistant to RFL chief Maurice Lindsay, has spent 13 years at Everton. Everton’s chairman Bill Kenwright said: “Robert has obviously been a passionate Evertonian since the day he first set foot here, but I ha...

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  • World Club Series Set For Further Expansion

    Plans to expand Rugby League’s World Club Series appear to be pushing ahead, despite a significant gulf in class in this season’s competition with the NRL teams beating their Super League counterparts by an aggregate score of 118-28 at the weekend. St Helens lost 38-12 to Sydney Roosters, Brisbane Broncos beat Wigan Warriors 42-12 and North Queensland Cowboys thrashed Super League champions Leeds Rhinos 38-4 but talks have been progressing behind the scenes and reports suggest that the serie...

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