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  • Storm And Rhinos Settle On World Challenge Date In Melbourne

    Betfred Super League champions Leeds Rhinos will travel to Australia to take on NRL premiers Melbourne Storm in the 2018 World Club Challenge on Friday 16 February at AAMI Park, Melbourne. It will be only the third time the World Club Challenge has been played in Australia and a first time for Melbourne to host. Melbourne Storm and Leeds Rhinos have already met in three World Club Challenge deciders; 2008, 2010 and 2013, with Leeds Rhinos victorious in 2008 but Melbourne Storm winners in 2010 an...

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  • Rebels To Be Sold By ARU

    The Sydney Morning Herald has reported that the Melbourne Rebels could have new owners by the end of the financial year after the Australian Rugby Union and Victoria Rugby Union announced last week that they had signed a deal to sell the club. A Melbourne investment company called Imperium Group (ICG) has signed an exclusive heads of agreement to buy all the shares in the Rebels' controlling company, Melbourne Rebels Rugby Union Limited. Headed by managing director and owner Andrew Cox, the Impe...

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  • Downer Come In To Sponsor World Club Challenge

    The World Club Challenge being played on Friday night in Melbourne has received a major boost with the Downer Group, a leading southern hemisphere intergrated services provider, joining as the naming rights partner. The Downer World Club Challenge will see NRL Premiers Melbourne Storm host English Super League Champions Leeds Rhinos at AAMI Park tomorrow (February 16). The landmark game will see rugby league’s two premier teams battle it out for the right to be crowned World Champion. Last wee...

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  • Evans Appointed CEO In Storm Takeover

    Former Harlequins chief executive and coach Mark Evans has been appointed CEO of Melbourne Storm after the NRL club was taken over by a consortium led by London-based sports lawyer Bart Campbell. Campbell, who is the non-executive chairman of sports agency TLA Worldwide and group COO of sports marketing firm CSM Sport and Entertainment, has replaced Stephen Rue as chairman of the club and the names of the other members of the consortium will be made public in the coming weeks. It is unclear how...

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  • Charvis is Gullivers Ambassador

    ... escorted tours to Australia include packages to watch all three Tests, two Tests and longer tours to take in provincial matches. As well as stays in Australia’s top destinations, Gullivers tours feature exclusive social events, such as its Wine Day in Melbourne, Big Pubs and Rugby Forums with ex internationals. Prices start from £4,625pp for the ‘Possum Pink’ tour (27th June – 8th July 2013) including official Test match tickets for the 2nd and 3rd Tests, return economy flights from Lo...

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  • World Club Challenge In Doubt

    The 2018 World Club Series is looking doubtful with the two NRL sides due to take part arranging a testimonial match against each other on the same weekend, according to RL website seriousaboutrl.com. Melbourne Storm will face runners-up North Queensland in Brisbane on Friday 23 February next year to honour respective club legends Cameron Smith and Johnathan Thurston. Super League champions Leeds and League Leaders’ Shield winners Castleford may have to travel to save the concept. Rhinos chief...

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  • Brisbane Broncos Offer To Save Series

    The Brisbane Broncos have stepped up to rescue the World Club Series after Melbourne Storm and other NRL clubs declined to participate in the cross-hemisphere runners-up fixture in the UK between NRL and Super League clubs on February 16th and 17th leaving Warrington Wolves without opposition. The main event between champions Wigan and Cronulla is not in doubt. Broncos coach Wayne Bennett said this week that he assured the Rugby Football League he would be keen to take up an invitation if extend...

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  • Lions Packages On Sale

    ... Reds Brisbane Wed 12 June 4 Lions v Combined Country Newcastle Sat 15 June 5 Lions v NSW Waratahs Sydney Tue 18 June 6 Lions v ACT Brumbies Canberra Sat 22 June 7 Lions v Australia Brisbane Tue 25 June 8 Lions v Melbourne Rebels Melbourne Sat 29 June 9 Lions v Australia Melbourne Sat 6 July 10 Lions v Australia Sydney                         Image: Paul O’Connell skippered the British & Irish Lions to South Africa...

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  • Evans Cooking Up A Storm In Melbourne

    Mark Evans is a man who likes a challenge and, after overseeing significant off-field growth at Harlequins over the course of a decade, his latest test is to put Melbourne Storm back on an even financial footing. A job in a different code of rugby, on the other side of the world, at a club that was losing “significant sums of money” and in a city that has perhaps the most crowded sports market imaginable – not exactly a walk in the park, or on the beach. Evans, who oversaw an increase in a...

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  • Super 18 Reverts To 15

    ... Cheetahs based in Bloemfontein and Kings in Port Elizabeth will be cut. SARU have said that a consultative process will delay an announcement until June. The ARU have announced that one of two clubs will be cut from either Western Force in Perth or the Melbourne Rebels. What at first was thought likely to be a quick decision is seeming more complicated by the day as pressure mounts from stakeholders. The Super Rugby competition expanded to 18 teams only last year, when South Africa's Southern K...

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