Luke Backhouse

  • Koukash Seals Salford Takeover

    Dr Marwan Koukash has finally sealed his takeover of the struggling Salford City Reds after several weeks of negotiations. The Kuwait-born businessman and racehorse owner, who has lived in Liverpool for the past 30 years, admitted that the process of purchasing the club had been “difficult and sometimes very fraught” but is delighted to have completed the deal. He takes over from John Wilkinson as owner and chairman and said the discussions with his predecessor had been amicable throughout a...

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  • Essentially Merges With ABC Sports Management

    CSM Sport & Entertainment has completed the acquisition of ABC Sports Management, one of the UK's top athlete representation firms which represents some of the biggest names in global rugby. ABC Sports Management will merge with CSM's Essentially with immediate effect and the acquisition is part of the focus on growing the global athlete management division at CSM, which also owns sports marketing consultancy Fast Track, branding specialists ICON, global hospitality experts iLUKA and motorsp...

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  • Diprose Agrees New Deal With Harlequins

    Harlequins defence coach and academy manager Tony Diprose has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him at the Twickenham Stoop until at least the end of the 2014-15 season. Diprose has been responsible for the club’s Academy since 2008 and has overseen the development of many of the members of the new Aviva Premiership champions' squad, such as Joe Marler, George Lowe and Luke Wallace. Diprose, 39, retired from professional rugby in 2006 after a 15-year career that included 10 E...

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  • WRU sets up new professional board

    The Welsh Rugby Union and the nation’s four regions have come together to form a new professional body to run the sport in the country. The Professional Regional Game Board (PRGB) has been established in response to the recent report from accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers questioning the sustainability of the Welsh rugby regions in future. The news of the new board’s formation was released just hours before it was confirmed that Wales international forward Dan Lydiate is to leave the Ne...

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  • Potential Buyer Named As Salford Get Stay Of Execution

    Salford City Reds fans have been given hope that a takeover will be completed soon after Dr Marwan Koukash was named as a potential buyer just hours after the club’s winding up hearing was adjourned until 4 February. Dr Koukash, who was born in Kuwait but has lived in Liverpool for the past 30 years, has made most of his money from property development but now has around 100 horses in training and his interest was the main reason that the case was put on hold. The club has confirmed that “al...

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  • Hull KR Break Even

    The Hull Daily Mail has reported that Hull KR are about to post their best financial results since entering Super League 10 years ago with the club at least breaking even for the past 12 months. The Robins' results come despite spending the full salary cap on players’ wages and not qualifying for the play-offs in the 2015 season. Boosted by the prize money and gate receipts of their first Challenge Cup final appearance for 29 years, Rovers ended their accounting year (up to the end of November...

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  • Regions Rejected Central Contracts

    The Western Mail has revealed that Wales’ four regions have turned down an offer from the WRU to centrally contract the nation’s leading stars, In an open letter to Welsh rugby, WRU group chief executive Roger Lewis says the offer was made on August 14. The WRU planned to use the £6.2million they already give to the four regions for the release of Welsh players for international duty to fund the new central contracts. That figure is part of a £15m package handed to the regions by the gove...

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  • World Club Challenge Expanded

    The annual World Club Challenge in rugby league has been expanded to six teams ahead of next year's tournament, which will be hosted in England in February 2015. The annual clash between the First Utility Super League champions and the Telstra NRL winners from Australia and New Zealand will take place in England, with the two grand final winners to be joined by two other clubs from each competition. The renamed World Club Series will be played in the UK over three days from Friday 20 February...

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  • Welsh Regions Introduce £3.5m Cap

    The Scarlets, Ospreys, Cardiff Blues and Newport Gwent Dragons have united under a landmark legal agreement that will see the introduction of a European squad salary cap to regional rugby in Wales for the first time. There will be a £3.5m limit which covers purely the registered European squad of each region from the 2012/13 season and does not include development players or academy costs. The regions and the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) say the deal, which begins in July 2012 and will be reviewed a...

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  • Sharks Move to Salford City

    Sale Sharks have announced that they will move to the Salford City Stadium this summer in time for the 2012/13 Aviva Premiership Rugby season. The club will leave their home of the past nine seasons, Edgeley Park in Stockport, to share the brand new 12,000 capacity stadium with Salford City Reds Rugby League Club. The Sharks have signed a twenty five year lease (with a review period after 5 seasons) and will begin life at their new home ground in August 2012 with a high profile friendly against...

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