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  • UAE Plan Bid To Host 2021 RLWC

    The Rugby League World Cup could be headed to United Arab Emirates in 2021 after reports of an audacious bid to take the tournament to the Middle East for the first time ever. Rugby league has a low profile in the Middle East but the UAE government is keen to boost the nation's international profile. UAERL president Sol Mokdad believes the country has the facilities, as well as the financial backing and infrastructure to host the World Cup. Speaking to The National, one of UAE's main newspapers,...

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  • Champions Cup Final Moved To Mid-May In 2016

    The final of the Rugby Champions Cup will be moved to the Middle of May in 2016 after fears of a half empty Twickenham Stadium when Toulon and Clermont Auvergne contest this seasons final at the weekend. Moving the final to the beginning of May was one of the big changes in the format of the competition for this season, with the French clubs reportedly the most behind the change as it allows them extra time to concentrate on the end of their domestic season. But with a crowd of only 50,000 expec...

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  • Extra Hectare For Twickenham East Stand

    The Rugby Football Union (RFU) is to redevelop the East Stand at Twickenham to improve the match day experience for supporters, creating an additional 10,750 sq.m of room and helping to improve existing hospitality facilities within the stadium. The redevelopment will double the available space on the East Stand and the value of the work has previously been quoted at around £50m. The exterior of the East stand will also be modernised while existing bowl infrastructure and seating will not...

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  • Twickenham East Stand To Get £53.5m Upgrade

    The Rugby Football Union (RFU) is set to shell out as much as £53.5 million on a redevelopment of the East Stand at Twickenham. The proposals still have to be approved by the RFU Council and go through planning and a consultation with the residents, which could take six to nine months, but work could begin next December according to The Telegraph. Plans have been drawn up by the engineering and development firm that designed Wembley Stadium, Mott MacDonald, and they would see 23,000 square metr...

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  • Bath Shift East Stand Three Metres

    Bath Rugby has received planning permission to move the temporary East Stand at The Rec by approximately three metres for the forthcoming 2017/18 campaign, which will improve the sightlines for the majority of supporters attending home fixtures. Under the changes, the East Stand will move into the Recreation Ground outfield by approximately three metres, which will also see the pitch move by around one and a half metres. This in turn will improve the visibility of the near touchlines in both the...

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  • Magic Weekend Sales Pass 30k Mark

    Ticket sales for First Utility Super League’s two-day Magic Weekend on May 30 and 31 have passed the 30,000 barrier already. The East Stand of Newcastle's St James' Park has sold out on the Saturday, a full seven weeks before the event. RFL marketing director Mark Foster said: "Selling over 30,000 tickets for Magic Weekend at this point in the season is fantastic news. "A sold out East Stand on the Saturday and strong sales across the whole weekend suggest that we are in for the best Magic ev...

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  • Twickenham Move East Stand Debenture Holders

    The Daily Mail reports that Twickenham is under fire from disgruntled debenture holders who helped bankroll the rugby stadium. Season-ticket holders in the East Stand are upset that they are being asked to pay another £4,500 to stay in their paid-for seats halfway through a 10-year contract. The RFU want the money to help fund their £66m refurbishment, installing top-quality hospitality facilitiies. If the debenture holders don’t pay the extra levy, they will be moved to the other side of th...

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  • Eteach take the East Stand at Liberty Stadium

    Education recruitment specialist Eteach has struck a deal that will see the company sponsor the East Stand at Swansea Council’s Liberty Stadium, the home of the Ospreys. Eteach was previously a shirt sponsor for the club, a deal which ended in 2007.   Financial details of the agreement have not been released however it is reported that Visit Wales would sponsor the stadium’s North Stand to the tune of UK£150,000 annually, Eteach’s commitment is thought to be of a similar value.Councillo...

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  • Plans To Extend Twickenham East Stand Approved

    The RFU has been granted planning permission for the redevelopment of the East Stand of Twickenham stadium. The £53m extension will expand available space by one hectare and enable hospitality to be accommodated within the stadium while not increasing the overall capacity. The new East Stand extension will create additional space of 11,600 sq m over six levels, as part of the upgrade. Each level will be distinctive in its design, celebrating and bringing to life the unique aspects of the home o...

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  • Disgruntled Debenture Holders Prepare To Sue RFU

    A group of 16 disgruntled debenture holders in Twickenham's East Stand are starting legal action against the RFU reports the Daily Mail this week. Their solicitor is contacting the RFU this week to put them on formal notice of a challenge to Twickenham's policy of moving debenture holders from long-standing seats to other parts of the stadium unless they promise to pay an extra £4,500 by yesterday’s deadline (Wednesday, March 8th). The RFU are spending £60million to refurbish the East Stand,...

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