Northern Hemisphere

  • Players' Union Critical Of Wales V Scotland Autumn Fixture

    Wales will open their four-match 2018 autumn series in November against Scotland - the first Northern Hemisphere tier one visitors to feature in the autumn international window and only eight months after the teams meet in the Six Nations. This game will also be the first occasion when a newly created 'Doddie Weir Cup' will be played for - donated by the Welsh Rugby Union, the trophy will continue to be at stake when the two sides meet in future similar circumstances. In an interview with The Te...

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  • BBC to Broadcast Autumn Series 2012

    The cream of Northern Hemisphere Rugby League talent will take centre stage in October and November when England, France and Wales compete in the 2012 Autumn International Series. Each nation will host one match in the series which culminates in the final at Salford City Stadium on Sunday November 11. The RFL has agreed a deal with the BBC that will see all four matches broadcast live on terrestrial television. The 2012 Autumn International Series kicks off on the afternoon of Saturday October 2...

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  • IRPA Calls For Integrated Global Season

    ... International Rugby Players’ Association (IRPA) is calling for an integrated global rugby season to be established and thinks now is the perfect time to make a change. The body tasked with representing professional rugby players worldwide is proposing that Northern Hemisphere clubs begin their season a month later and Super Rugby sides no longer have a month-long break but have an extended pre-season instead, with the June test match window moving to the last three weeks in July. It is hoped...

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  • North Mauled by South in Social Media Battle

    ... SportBusiness Group’s Rugby Money report, the European originators of the sport are failing to attract the so-called `Facebook generation` despite having a huge advantage in terms of potential fans. As at September 2011, the analysis shows that just one Northern Hemisphere side (England) appears in the top six most popular rugby union teams on Facebook. New Zealand have by far the most fans on the site, with over 1.1million. The report states that 30 per cent of Kiwis who are on Facebook have...

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  • McCafferty Looks At Pros And Cons Of New Global Season

    Premiership Rugby chief executive, Mark McCafferty has discussed the impact and opportunities presented by the new global season at a launch event this week including the shortening of the Lions tour period, a Northern Hemisphere against southern Hemisphere club tournament in June, South African clubs joining the Anglo-Welsh Cup and at the same time protecting the welfare of the players. The British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand this summer will be the last in its existing six-week format,...

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  • Northern Rock extend Newcastle deal

    Northern Rock has extended their sponsorship of the Newcastle Falcons with a new three-year deal. This will take the company’s partnership with the Falcons past the ten-year mark, making it the longest unbroken main sponsorship in the English Premiership. Northern Rock's logo will appear on the front of the Falcons' new Nike shirt, having signed a three-year kit deal with the sportswear company. Commercial Director Mick Hogan said: "Northern Rock has provided magnificent support to the Falcons...

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  • RLEF Release 2016 Report

    The Rugby League European Federation RLEF, the forum for development and support of governing bodies in the Northern Hemisphere, has published its 2016 annual report focussing on increasing participation numbers, strengthening the membership and building a more effective corporate body. Twelve members, including seven of 10 full members, recorded participatory increases, with Jamaica the most productive. Across all competitions, the JRLA completed 138 domestic matches, compared to 100 in the two...

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  • Canterbury open new London store

    ... exposure and awareness.  “Despite the current economic climate our sales continue to be strong as consumers look for quality products that they can rely upon to be long lasting as well as fashionable. The strength of the Canterbury business in key Northern Hemisphere markets can be attributed to its strategic rugby partnerships in UK, Ireland and France with sponsored properties such as Guinness Premiership champions London Wasps and Magners League winners Leinster. The achievement of these...

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  • North And South Seasons To Align

    The long-running debate over the global rugby union season – co-ordinating club and international games in the Northern and southern Hemispheres – seems closer to a World Rugby consensus. The BBC has reported that rugby administrators worldwide are nearing an agreement on a new rugby union calendar, which will come into effect after the World Cup in 2019. The talks had reached an impasse up to this point. Under the common interest of player welfare, the summer tours are set to be scrapped af...

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  • Northern Rail Cup To Be Scrapped?

    The Rugby Football League (RFL) has revealed that the Northern Rail Cup may not take place in 2014 in what is being called a transitional year for clubs. The competition has been running since 2002 but, with the current sponsorship about to end and ongoing talks taking place about the structure of the sport, the details of the RFL's Policy Review suggest that it may be scrapped completely next year even ahead of the proposed changes for 2015. The RFL's director of standards and licensing Blake S...

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