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  • Moves - Adams joins IRUPA

    ... Rugby Union Players’ Association (IRUPA) have appointed Hamish Adams as their first ever player services advisor. Adams joins from Munster Rugby where he was the academy manager. He has also acted as provincial development manager in Manawatu for the NZRFU and is a member of the New Zealand Sports Psychologists Association. This new position is a first of its kind in Irish Sport and his responsibilities will include:  Providing one-to-one guidance on all aspects of a rugby player's career, e...

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  • IRB Seeks to Address Member Unions’ Financial Worries

    ... finance to aid participants in the 2015 World Cup at its annual meeting in Dublin on Tuesday. The announcement has come after rumblings of discontent from the sport’s major unions at last year’s tournament in New Zealand. New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) chief executive Steve Tew warned that the country’s participation in future editions of the World Cup might be reconsidered if alterations to the commercial structure of the tournament were not made, citing a loss of earnings caused by regu...

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  • RNZ World Cup Losses Lower Than Expected

    Rugby New Zealand (RNZ) have announced a loss of NZ $31.3 million (£15.2m) as a result of staging the Rugby World Cup, NZ $8 million (£3.9m) lower than had been forecast. RNZ was set up in 2006 as a joint venture between the nation's government and the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) to deliver the tournament, at which point an agreement was put in place stating that two-thirds of any loss would be covered by the government and one-third by the NZRU. The NZRU’s share of the loss was subsequen...

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  • How to Run a World Cup

    ... of everything that needs to happen to pull it off.  It demonstrates why good governance is so vital to any organisation, and why planning, strategy and having a really good accountant makes all the difference.  Mr Snedden, a former lawyer and CEO of NZ Cricket, took a few months out of work to write the book, starting with a rough outline in January and finishing it in April.  "I'd been keeping media clippings and there was an enormous amount of information already in the public domain.  "I...

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  • DHL Seals Lions Tour Naming Rights

    ... logistics giant DHL. The exact value of the deal, which will see this summer’s fixtures referred to as the DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour, has not been revealed but DHL had a multimillion dollar naming rights contract with the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) in 2005 and the rights were sold to South African Breweries Ltd for 2.5 million US dollars (£1.65m) four years ago. The company, which is part of Deutsche Post DHL and operates in 220 countries and territories with around 285,000 employees...

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  • All Blacks Set For Chicago Test

    ... on the USA, who have recently qualified for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England, at the 61,500 capacity Soldier Field in Chicago. News of the fixture comes on the back of New Zealand's trip to Japan last November, a game which generated an estimated NZ$850,000 (£440,000) windfall for the All Blacks. The report claims that the expectation is that a minimum of 40,000 tickets will be sold, which should enable USA Rugby to make a sizeable profit after they have paid the New Zealand Rugby Union a g...

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  • Eden Park Incident Puts Health And Safety Back On The Agenda

    ... and safety that they have to adhere to in this country is unlike anything, I believe, that they go through elsewhere in Europe.” In terms of the events just prior to New Zealand's 51-20 Bledisloe Cup victory over Australia in Auckland on Saturday, NZRU chief executive Steve Tew admitted something had “clearly gone wrong” and launched an urgent review and it is inappropriate to comment further until that is completed. The incident does, though, raise questions about safety that are often...

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  • Holden Resigns From NZRL

    ... more of my attention and energy to." Holden took over from Jim Doyle in 2013 and has faced a constant battle to keep the organisation's head above water with limited resources and income. During Holden's tenure there was a high turnover of staff at the NZRL and there have been rumblings of a culture change inside their Auckland offices. Some of this may have been caused by some severe tightening of the belt with its finances. In September the NZRL were in the embarrassing situation of having to...

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  • All Blacks Back In The Red

    The New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) has posted a loss of $463,000 (£220,618) for the year to December 31 2015 and is predicting an even bigger loss next year as it supports its financially-challenged provincial rugby sides. The union’s income actually increased by 11 per cent from the previous year to $133.7m (£63.7m) but costs also went up by 12 per cent to $134.3m (£64m). The loss comes after the NZRU made a profit of $373,000 (£177,780) in the year to December 31 2014. The union inevitab...

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  • Top 14 Rights Up For Grabs Again

    ... of the French Rugby Federation (FFR) and they include a proposal to sell the sponsorship rights to the French national team’s shirt for the first time. France are the last major rugby nation without a shirt sponsor after the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) went against its tradition and signed a five-and-a-half-year deal with global insurance firm AIG in 2012. Laporte claims that a shirt sponsorship deal would bring in between €5m (£4m) and €10m (£7.9m) per year and would be put towards...

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