Pat Freeman

  • Ulster Sign Over Ravenhill Naming Rights To Kingspan

    ... executive Shane Logan said: “We are delighted to have secured a stadium naming rights partner for the first time. This is a landmark deal and one that will have considerable benefits for all of rugby in Ulster. Kingspan Environmental managing director Pat Freeman said: "We have been a partner of Ulster Rugby for 15 years and have witnessed the tremendous growth of rugby in the Province. We have also had extensive input into the redevelopment of the stadium through our high performance technol...

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  • Jersey Reds Cut Budgets

    BBC Sport Online have reported that Jersey Reds chairman Mark Morgan has revealed that the Championship side has had to lose a "significant chunk" of its playing budget to cut costs. Last season's British & Irish Cup runners-up sold its assets for £1.5m in November to see out the campaign. They came fifth in the second tier last term, but captain James Freeman and Gary Graham have now left. "The biggest expense we have is the playing squad, so we have taken money out of that," Morgan told B...

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  • Kingspan Adds Ulster Shirt Sponsorship To Stadium Naming Rights

    ... giving us the resource to be able to retain and recruit top talent for the senior team. “I look forward to continuing to work with both Kingspan and Bank of Ireland in the coming years and to helping them achieve maximum return on their investments.” Pat Freeman from Kingspan added: "The partnership between Kingspan and Ulster Rugby is already well established, both through our long-term sponsorship of the province and our recent agreement for Kingspan Stadium. “Over the past decade, King...

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  • Food for thought

    MARTIN DUCKWORTH looks at the food and drink on offer at rugby grounds up and down the country   As those of us who travel to many different grounds during the course of a season know only too well, the standard of food on offer can vary wildly, from the excellent to the downright awful. While pulling the fat off a particularly greasy piece of bacon hidden inside a large bread roll before a match recently, (I won’t reveal which ground, for fear of embarrassing them) my mind began to wander. W...

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  • Schools, Colleges & Youth Development

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  • What does it take to run the biggest club rugby competition in the world?

    What does it take to run the biggest club rugby competition in the world? DAVID LAWRENSON finds out from ERC chief executive Derek McGrath   The Heineken Cup has been one of the great success stories of rugby union in the open era, becoming the biggest club competition in the world. In December, a record crowd of over 76,000 watched Stade Francais play Harlequins at the Stade de France in Paris - a remarkable achievement considering the first final in 1996 attracted less than 22,000. Days befor...

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  • PRO12 Punt For Rhino

    Rhino Rugby today announced its appointment as Official Ball Supplier to the RaboDirect PRO12 for the next 4 seasons. The deal represents a significant move into the performance rugby union ball market, which has to date been dominated by a small number of suppliers. The ball, called the Rhino Vortex Elite, was trialled by some of the tournament’s leading kickers, including Stephen Jones (Scarlets) and Chris Paterson (Edinburgh) as part of the approval process. All twelve teams in the competit...

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  • Working Week - Dave Pearson

    Dave Pearson, 42, is a full time rugby union referee from Ashtington, Northumberland and has been officiating since 1992. His playing career included representative rugby with Northumberland Under-16s and Under-18s and the North Under-16s. Dave played club rugby with Seghill RFC from 1985-1991 but when he couldn’t train due to work commitments he was dropped from the first team. Rather than play second or third team rugby he took up refereeing and joined the National Panel in 1997. He made his...

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  • League's top value!

    Rugby league is the best value major spectator sport in the country, according to the findings of a new survey commissioned by The Co-operative that looked at ticket prices in football, rugby union and the 13-a-side code. The survey, which examined prices for various types of tickets for different age groups in each sport’s elite competition, aimed to discover the cost faced by consumers wishing to attend these premium sporting events on a one-off or regular basis. 
 Researchers made custome...

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  • St Mary's College team up with Harlequins RL

    St Mary’s College in Twickenham have become the major shirt sponsor for Harlequins RL. The deal cements an already strong relationship, which in recent years has seen Quins’ coaches helping the College team win the BUSA championship.  Harlequins chairman, David Hughes, said today: “St Mary’s are at the forefront of sports science research, and together we are working towards developing an internationally renowned performance Pathway. We’ve already seen several St Mary’s students re...

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