Neil Williams

  • Reds Miss Out on Stadium Sponsor

    Manchester Evening News have reported that motor dealers, the Williams Group, have pulled out of securing naming rights for Salford Reds’ new stadium.Williams, the BMW specialists, were in pole position to take charge after agreeing a lucrative five-year deal with both Salford city council and landowners, Peel Holdings.However additional signage costs for the stadium’s roofs on top of initial costs were then reported to be too high, forcing the Williams Group into a U-turn. This now leaves t...

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  • Face-To-Face With... Dave Williams

    Rugby agent and manager of Big Bug Sports Dave Williams talks about the state of agents in modern day rugby and how the industry has changed over the years since he became involved in representing players. He also lends his expert opinion on the so-called 'exodus' of players to France and discusses issues of player sponsorship, the salary cap and contract insurance.

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  • WRU Appoint New Stadium Manager

    The WRU has announced that its new stadium manager will be 42-year-old former Lieutenant Colonel Mark Williams. Williams will replace Gerry Toms, who stood down at the start of June having been in charge for over a decade since 2002, and he will have the task of managing all operations for the Millennium stadium. Originally from Glynneath in South Wales, he has 20 years of experience as an officer and has served on tour in Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Bosnia and Iraq. He was decorated for his acti...

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  • Davey Becomes Chairman Of Logan Sports Marketing

    Conor Davey, former Global CEO of Williams Lea, is replacing Jim Hytner, Global COO of IPG Mediabrands, as chairman of Logan Sports Marketing. Conor spent over 20 years building and growing Williams Lea gaining a wealth of experience which Logan Sports Marketing (LSM) director Dan Zaltzman says brings “a new perspective that is already helping us shape the business looking forward.” LSM’s Founding Director, Kenny Logan feels the transition for the company will be a smooth one, saying “I...

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  • Paul Blanchard - Harlequins RL

     Harlequins RL have appointed Paul Blanchard as general manager.  Blanchard worked for NFL Europe, the Scottish Premier League, Southampton FC and Surrey County Cricket Club, where he was credited with the commercial success of the development of the Brit Oval.  Most recently he was chief executive at Super League rivals Hull Kingston Rovers. “My focus will be to work closely with Harlequins, our existing sponsors and supporters to expand the customer base during the current three year lice...

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  • Face-To-Face With...Dave Williams

    Commercial director of Running Rugby Dave Williams talks about the day-to-day objectives and challenges of running a rugby business news website. He discusses the origins and purposes of the site and its growth as a business, as well as the ongoing demands to reach out to new audiences.

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  • Hudgell To Stay As Hull KR Chairman

    Neil Hudgell has decided to stay on as chairman of Hull Kingston Rovers after previously announcing he would step down at the end of the season, according to BBC Sport. The Hull-based lawyer told BBC Radio Humberside: "We have a formula for the club going forward and as part of that, people want me to stay involved." The club's financial position is expected to improve next season when the new north stand opens. And Hudgell said: "Hull KR is a strong brand and a great club." Please click here...

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  • My Club Betting Promote Dragons.bet On Wales RL Shirt

    Wales Rugby League have revealed that the main front of shirt logo for the World Cup will be “Dragons.bet” the team’s home betting site provided for them by sponsor, My Club Betting. Wales RL have also revealed that the personalised betting website firm has become the governing body's biggest commercial sponsor of all time. It’s the fourth season My Club Betting have been WRL’s primary sponsor. My Club Betting CEO Stephen Wundke explained why: “We have always believed that this was a...

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  • Hollinshead Jailed For Seven Years After London Welsh Fraud

    Neil Hollinshead has been jailed for seven years after conning the owners of London Welsh into giving him £350,000 and letting him take control of the club. Hollinshead, 36, bought the Exiles in 2009 for just £6 after tricking former owners and the RFU into believing that he had £1.4 million in his bank account. The club were on the brink of liquidation when Hollinshead targeted them, promising an injection of Saudi cash into the recently relegated side. According to Wales Online, Judge David...

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  • Hudgell To Stop Financing Hull KR

    Hull Kingston Rovers chairman Neil Hudgell is to step down at Craven Park at the end of the season, according to BBC Sport. In the wake of his side's record 84-6 Easter defeat by Super League leaders Wigan, Hudgell no longer believes that the current board have the resources to take Rovers to the next step. "The penny's dropped," Hudgell told BBC Radio Humberside. "I can't achieve the ambition I want for the club. "Why should we lump in effectively half a million a year just to stand still?" Ple...

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