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  • Racing 92's New Stadium Delayed 12 Months

    Racing 92's new stadium in Paris will not be opened until September 30 2017 after construction problems delayed its expected completion by almost a year. The Arena 92 will hold 32,000 spectators, an 18,000 increase on Racing's current Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, and the delay has been caused by the bankruptcy of an Italian subcontractor in charge of the roof. The stadium in the western suburbs of Paris will also hold several concerts and shows and features in planning for Paris' bid for the...

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  • Merger Of Paris Clubs Shelved

    The merger announced last week between the two Paris-based Top14 sides, Racing 92 and Stade Francais has been shelved in the face of considerable opposition. “I have decided to give this beautiful project up,” Jacky Lorenzetti, president of Racing 92 said in a statement on Sunday. The players of Stade Francais had voted unanimously to take indefinite strike action and their T14 game on Saturday was called off. The LNR also postponed Racing 92’s league game after the FFR and the mayor of P...

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  • Sevens Retained For Paris Olympics 2024

    The International Olympic Committee has decided to retain all 28 sports that featured at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games programme meaning that sevens rugby union will continue to play a part. The decision, taken by the IOC membership at the IOC Session in Lima last week, ratifies the earlier recommendation of the IOC executive board and is another endorsement of Rugby 7s, which made a debut at the Rio Games. World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said: “World Rugby, li...

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  • Men Align With Women In 2018 For Sevens Finale In Paris

    Next season's HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series for both men and women will reach a crescendo in Paris. The French capital will host the final round of the men’s and women’s series on 8-10 June 2018, as the final men’s tournament switches with the London tournament (2-3 June). With the dates for the ten-tournament men’s series already announced, the women’s series gets underway at The Sevens Stadium in Dubai on 30 November this year alongside the men's competition. Sydney hosts the second...

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  • Stade Francais About To Go Wild?

    Paris Top 14 club, Stade Francais is about to be sold to the German Capri-Sun owner, Hans-Peter Wild. Current club president, Thomas Savare is reported to have opted for Wild's proposal over that of the former players Thomas Lombard, Christophe Dominici and Mathieu Blin (among others). Born in Germany but resident in Switzerland, Wild (75) has a resources estimated at almost 3 billion euros (£2.55bn). Nicknamed "the Doctor", he has been supporting rugby for several years in Germany, having firs...

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  • New Paris Stadium

    ... French Rugby Federation (FFR), isportconnect have reported. The stadium, which has yet to be named, will replace the Stade de France as the national rugby stadium and is due to be completed in 2017. The decision to move to a new location, 25km south of Paris, comes as a result of the €5m (£4m) per game rental charges and conflicts with football matches, concerts and other events. The FFR make only €2m (£1.6m) for each sell out match whilst the Rugby Football Union (RFU) for example can ea...

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  • Carter Loses Land Rover Deal Over Drinking And Driving Admission

    Former All Blacks and Racing fly-half, Dan Carter has been dropped as an ambassador by Land Rover after admitting to a drink driving incident in Paris. The luxury car brand was left with little choice but to bring the relationship, agreed in September to an end, unable to continue an association with a drink driver. A statement from Carter on Facebook said: “Over the last few days my management and I have had to front up to my sponsors. “Not surprisingly, Land Rover, who for good reason have...

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  • HSBC Extends Involvement In World 7s

    ... inaugural tournament victory in London in May. Starting in December, the new HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series will be expanded to include 10 host cities in a further illustration of the popularity and growth of the game around the world. At the announcement in Paris, World Rugby also revealed the full schedule of 10 cities that will host a round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series for the next four years with new destinations Sydney, Cape Town, Vancouver, Singapore and Paris expanding rugby’s...

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  • Lapasset To Stand Down

    World Rugby chairman Bernard Lapasset has confirmed that he will not be seeking re-election in May and will step down to focus on his role as co-chairman of the Paris 2024 Olympic bid. The Frenchman, who was elected chairman of the global governing body back in 2007 after chairing the organizing committee of the 2007 World Cup prior to that, informed his World Rugby executive committee colleagues of his decision in Dublin on Wednesday morning. Lapasset also previously served as president of the...

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  • Exiles take flight

    ... and European Challenge Cup. The new agreement builds on the airline’s initial sponsorship of the Exiles’ successful run in the Heineken Cup last season. Based in Dublin, CityJet operates an extensive network of flights from London City, Dublin and Paris airports on behalf of Air France. The airline has a fleet of 25 aircraft, employs 760 staff and carries 1.8 million passengers every year. The airline will operate special flights to carry the London Irish team, support staff and management...

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