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  • US Bid For 2021 RLWC

    ... be staged outside Australasia and Europe since it was first held in 1954. Moore Sports International, which two years ago took Major League Baseball games to Australia, says if its bid is successful, games in 2021 would be played in eight to 10 NFL or Major League Soccer stadiums. There would also be an eight-team women's tournament. "There is a lot of hard work still to be done," said Moore. "But we are grateful for, and motivated by, the strong interest of potential host cities, stadiums, spo...

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  • Ireland World Cup Bid Boosted By GAA

    Ireland could formally enter the race to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup after the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) voted to allow some of the country's biggest stadiums to be used.A total of 93 per cent of delegates at the GAA's annual congress agreed to allow grounds in Dublin, Belfast, Thurles, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Castlebar used for Gaelic sports to be part of a proposed bid by the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU), said to be worth €250m (£212m) to the nation's economy.The list incl...

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  • Leinster In Partnership With BDO

    Leinster Rugby has announced a new three year partnership with Dublin-based audit, tax and business advisory firm BDO. BDO becomes the club’s official business adviser and will work on a number of joint initiatives with the Heineken Cup participants.   In conjunction with the partnership, BDO, which advises many of Ireland’s most prominent sporting clubs and several Leinster players, also plans to double the size of its Sports Advisory Unit. BDO managing partner Derry Gray said: “Here at...

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  • England V NZ In Colorado?

    ... city boasts a purpose-built rugby stadium, Infinity Park, but it holds only 5,000. In planning for 2025, Moore is targeting larger venues and Sports Authority Stadium at Mile High – home of the Denver Broncos NFL team – has a capacity of 76,125. Major League Soccer venue Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, with an 18,061 capacity, is a third option. Moore claimed to already have the support of the NRL, Super League, clubs and players’ unions. “Everyone’s working together, and they’re sati...

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  • Bell rings the changes at St Helens

    Andy Bell has purchased a 16.4 per cent interest in the share capital of St Helens rugby League club from certain existing shareholders for an undisclosed sum. This makes him the second highest shareholder after chairman Eamonn McManus who holds a controlling interest. In addition, Donal McGuire, Paul Barrow and Chris Green have each retired from the board of directors.  Chairman Eamonn McManus stated: "I very much welcome Andy as a material shareholder in the club. He is a very able and succes...

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  • Lansdowne Road becomes Aviva Stadium

    Hibernian Aviva, Ireland’s largest insurance company, has secured the naming rights to the redeveloped Lansdowne Road ground which will now be called Aviva Stadium. The company have taken on the naming rights for a 10-year period and will provide investment support to the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) and the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) for their grassroots programmes.. From the outset the IRFU and the FAI stated that the naming rights would be an important element in the funding...

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  • Rugby League Pays Respects To Thomas

    Arthur Thomas, a former director and chairman at several different rugby League clubs and Major contributor to the business behind the sport, has died at the age of 69. Thomas, who was a director and Major investor at St Helens during their successes in the early 2000s and was also chairman of both Wigan and Leigh Centurions, died on Sunday morning. He contributed towards saving Leigh from administration around a decade ago and has been an important figure in rugby League over the years and RFL...

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  • Tax Break For Irish Players

    Changes to tax rules in Ireland have been proposed to allow rugby players, and other sportsmen, to reside anywhere in Europe on retirement and still claim the 'sportsman’s tax relief'. They would also allow players to claim for any 10 years rather than compulsorily claiming for their last year as part of the relief. Ronan O'Gara is the latest Irish rugby player to become eligible for a Major tax break on income earned in Ireland during his career, having retired as a player with Munster and...

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  • World Rugby Events Set For Dublin, Belfast, San Francisco And San Jose

    ... California will host Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 after the World Rugby Council awarded the rights to host the event to USA Rugby. AT&T Park (pictured above) - home to baseball's San Francisco Giants - and the Avaya Stadium in San Jose - the base for Major League Soccer's San Jose Earthquakes - will provide the stages for the world’s top men's and women's rugby sevens players to showcase their talent ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The stadiums have capacities of 41,500 and 18,000...

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  • Bradley Leaves Hornets For Burnley FC

    Rochdale Hornets chief executive officer Ryan Bradley will be leaving his post in September. Bradley, who joined Hornets in 2013, will make the leap to Premier League Football club Burnley FC, his home town club, to take on the role as business development executive for Burnley FC in the Community Trust. Rochdale Hornets chairman Mark Wynn commented: "We are naturally disappointed to lose Ryan as he done a fantastic job since his appointment. "This hasn't gone unnoticed and it is testament to th...

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