Nigel Wray

  • Premiership Clubs Should Employ Refs, Says Nigel Wray

    Premiership referees should be employed by the competition's clubs, rather than the Rugby Football Union, according to Saracens chairman Nigel Wray. Officials for top-flight matches are currently appointed from the RFU's pool of 15 professional referees - the Professional Referees Unit (PRU), which also includes 13 assistant referees. Speaking to BBC Sport, Wray said: "The club game needs to employ its own referees. Their decisions influence the game enormously. We need to tell them the sort of...

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  • Sarries to Raise Investment in Barnet Copthall 'Beyond £16m'

    Saracens have revised their application to refurbish the Barnet Copthall stadium following a six-month consultation with residents, supporters, statutory bodies and other stakeholders.  According to club Chairman, Nigel Wray, "the revised application will raise the shareholders’ investment in the project beyond £16m" The improved proposals have been submitted to the London Borough of Barnet and full details of the changes are being made available to local residents.The key elements of the...

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  • Harvey Leaves Saracens

    The board of Saracens have announced that Heath Harvey will leave his position as CEO to pursue other opportunities. Saracens chairman, Nigel Wray said: “Over the past couple of seasons Saracens has enjoyed significant success on and off the pitch and we would like to thank Heath for the contribution that he has made as CEO during that period. We wish Heath and his family all the very best in the future. The club is focused on building upon recent successes and is excited about the challenges...

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  • Saracens £45m In Debt

    ... debt, according to their accounts for the year to June 2015. The north London club made a loss of £3.98m last season on a turnover of £15.3m, an improvement on the £5.17m deficit the previous year (on £13.5m income), according to the BBC. Chairman Nigel Wray said having a smaller squad and "finishing 11th" was one obvious way to cut the debt. "But that would send out a terrible message to players that we weren't ambitious and would hardly attract sponsors," he added. "We have a very well-kn...

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  • Saracens To Set Up Free School

    ... new secondary school within the London Borough of Barnet in September 2017. The club has revealed that the Saracens High School Free School Trust will submit an application to the Department of Education in March 2016, sponsored by Saracens chairman Nigel Wray and board member Nick Leslau, to open a new Free School in response to the need for more secondary school places in the borough. The school will partner with nearby Ashmole Academy, which was rated an 'Outstanding' Secondary School by Ofs...

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  • Accounts Reveal Saracens’ Mounting Debts

    ... a loss of almost £5.2m. The number of people employed at Saracens has increased from 122 to 146 in the space of a year and expenditure on wages and salaries has risen from £8.1m to £9.1m. Most of the current debt is thought to be owed to chairman Nigel Wray and a consortium of South African businessmen. Saracens and Bath, whose accounts are also set to be published, are still under investigation by Premier Rugby into alleged breaches of the Premiership’s £5m salary cap. And Wray has said...

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  • Mark Sinderberry - Saracens

    ... Sinderberry has left his position as chief executive of Guinness Premiership club Saracens to pursue further career opportunities. Edward Griffiths, who was CEO of Saracens umbrella company Premier Team Holdings, has taken over the role at Saracens. Club owner Nigel Wray explained: “Edward has huge experience within rugby, having been CEO of South African Rugby during their World Cup win in 1995 and, more recently, on the country's bid for the 2011 World Cup. “Edward has been working within...

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  • Over 62,000 Tickets Sold For Saracens' Wembley Clash

    ... sales already, Saracens will be hoping this season's clash can set another record once again. Last season's corresponding fixture between the same sides at Wembley brought in a world record crowd for a club rugby union game of 83,889. Saracens chairman Nigel Wray said: "Saracens playing Harlequins at Wembley has become a calendar event on the sporting calendar, and we look forward to another wonderful occasion."...

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  • Nigel Wood Nominated For RLIF Chairman Role

    Nigel Wood has been nominated by the Rugby League European Federation board to become chairman of the Rugby League International Federation. The Rugby Football League chief been nominated to succeed Scott Carter, who recently announced his decision to step down from the role. As well as serving as CEO of the RFL since 2007, Wood was also the Tournament Director of the recent World Cup, and has been vice-chairman of the RLIF since May 2012. An RLEF board statement said: "Following a meeting of th...

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  • Griffiths To Depart As Saracens CEO

    ... FC's Vicarage Road to a permanent home at Allianz Park as well as winning the Aviva Premiership title in 2011 and reaching the Heineken Cup final in 2014. He will leave at the end of the season in order to 'pursue new opportunities'. Saracens chairman Nigel Wray said: "Edward has created and leaves an outstanding and beautiful new permanent home for Saracens, and a team of people with a real caring and community focus and we will build upon this legacy." Meanwhile, the club have launched a new...

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