Manchester

  • Manchester becomes Union hotbed

    Greater Manchester has become a hotbed of rugby union development activity as partnerships between the Rugby Football Union, Manchester City Council, Sale Sharks and the Manchester Rugby Union Development Group continue to blossom across the region. The expansion of the rugby union workforce, headed by North West Rugby Development Manager Dave Southern and directed by the city's Rugby Development Officers Phil Clarke and Tom Mapp, is supported by resources provided by the various agencies, wit...

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  • U20 Championship Heading To Manchester

    Manchester is set to host the 2016 World Rugby U20 Championship after the Rugby Football Union (RFU) won the rights to host the event. The tournament, which is currently taking place in four locations across Italy, will be staged at the AJ Bell Stadium and the Manchester City Academy Stadium in June 2016. The Rugby World Cup is taking place in England later this year and RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie thinks that winning the rights to host the World Rugby U20 Championship next year as well will...

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  • Old Trafford To Host Grand Final Until 2017

    Super League has agreed a new deal with Manchester United to secure Old Trafford as the venue for the Grand Final for a further four seasons until 2017. Nigel Wood, Super League chief executive, said: "The Super League Grand Final is a world class sporting event and I am delighted that we have reached agreement with Manchester United for it to remain in a world class venue. The first Super League Grand Final was played at Old Trafford in 1998 but the stadium has provided the backdrop for so...

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  • Manchester gets two more Magic Weekends

    The Etihad Stadium in Manchester has been confirmed as the venue for Super League’s Magic Weekend for the next two seasons. The two-day event was held there for the first time this year and, after being deemed a commercial success thanks partly a record crowd of 63,716, it is now set to return to Manchester in 2013 and 2014. The Magic Weekend will take place on the bank holiday weekend, with every Super League side featuring at some point on Saturday 25 May and Sunday 26 May, and chief executi...

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  • Salford Sign Up New Sponsor & Plan To Take Games On The Road

    Salford Red Devils have agreed a deal for Mitsubishi Motors to become their new main sponsor and have revealed plans to stage games in both Manchester and Wales. Mitsubishi has added the Super League side to its rugby sponsorship portfolio, which also includes Gloucester in the Aviva Premiership, and the firm’s managing director Lance Bradley thinks it is a good fit for both the company and the club. “We are delighted to announce this new partnership with the Salford Red Devils, who are a cl...

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  • Salford Set For Major Rebrand

    ... January, insists that the new name just sounds better and hopes that the switch will improve the club’s identity and brand. The 54-year-old, who has also called for the Super League salary cap to be lifted from the current £1.8 million, has told the Manchester Evening News that the name change makes sense and also indicated that the colour of the away kit may be altered. “We are up against teams in Super League who are known as the Bulls and the Warriors and I want us to be seen as the Red...

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  • 30,000 Tickets Sold For Rugby League Magic Weekend

    The RFL have announced that they have sold 30,000 tickets have been sold for the annual Magic Weekend in May, taking place this year at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester. Returning to the home of Manchester City Football Club for the 3rd successive year, the Magic Weekend will feature seven fixtures and plenty of off-field entertainment as fans flock to the annual festival of all things rugby league. Taking place across the weekend of May 17th-18th, with four games on the Saturday and three on th...

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  • City Set To Host Magic Weekend

    The BBC has reported that Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium is to host Super League’s Magic Weekend in 2012. BBC Radio Manchester claims that the decision to move the event to the north west of England is an attempt to boost attendances.  Previous Magic Weekends have been held in Scotland and Wales, where rugby league plays second fiddle to union and therefore bringing it to Manchester, a hotbed of the sport, may make the event more popular. Since the birth of the concept in 2007 the Rugby F...

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  • Winding Up Petition for Cash-Strapped Reds

    Manchester Evening News have reported that cash-strapped Salford City Reds have been hit with a winding-up petition – by a firm they brought in to revamp their own finances. Cheshire-based management consultants Steuer Gregsson have issued the claim for work they carried out earlier this year in a bid to put the crisis club on the road to recovery. Reds’ bosses have played down the move, saying it relates to a small sum of money and is not a threat to their future. M.E.N. Sport understands t...

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  • Wakefield Appoint Verity Thomas As Commercial Manager

    Wakefield Wildcats have appointed Verity Thomas as the club’s new commercial manager. Thomas took up her new role last week and joins the club having previously spent three years working in business development for Manchester United Football Club. Thomas is a graduate of Leeds Metropolitan University with a degree in marketing management and began her career as account manager for Swedish furniture manufacturer Kinnarps, before joining Manchester United. She will be responsible for working wit...

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