Philip Bernie

  • BBC And TG4 To Show Summer Internationals

    ... how much the rights have been sold for have not been made available but RFU chief commercial officer Sophie Goldschmidt says it is great that the games will be on “prime time TV” and open to “all England rugby fans”, while BBC head of TV sport Philip Bernie thinks they will prove popular. “We know that there is always a keen audience to watch England's rugby internationals, and so we're delighted to be covering their two tests in Argentina, who will provide a strong challenge,” he s...

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  • IRFU Considering World Cup Bid

    The Sunday Independent has revealed that the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) are considering a bid for the 2023 Rugby World Cup. Philip Browne, the chief executive of the IRFU confirmed to the newspaper that it was something they are looking into but political support would be crucial. “It's something that we've looked at in the past and coming back from New Zealand (from the 2011 Rugby World Cup) and seeing what they were able to do there, we said ‘let's have a look at it again’,” Bro...

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  • IRFU's Browne Warns Of Financial Gulf For Pro Teams

    Philip Browne, chief executive of the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU), has warned that the IRFU can no longer be the 'lender of last resort' for the professional game as the governing body does not have the capacity to absorb ever increasing player wage inflation. Speaking at the release of the IRFU's 2015/16 Annual Report and their financial results up to April 2016, Browne outlined the challenge facing Irish professional rugby following significant changes in the economics of northern hemis...

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  • Payne To Open Rugby Expo 2015

    With a focus on re-imagining the future of club rugby eight years on from this year’s Rugby World Cup, day one of Rugby Expo 2015 will be opened by legendary sports marketer Michael Payne as he discusses the current trends in building value in sports properties from media to social to sponsorship. Nominated as one of the world’s most influential marketers by Advertising Age, Michael Payne, as director of marketing and broadcast rights for the IOC for over two decades oversaw the turnaround...

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  • Rugby Expo Panellists Confirmed

    Rugby Expo have announced further line-ups for their discussion panels on the first day of the trade event for professional rugby at Twickenham on Thursday November 26th. The opening key note address on “building club brand and value in an ultra-competitive environment” will be delivered by Michael Payne, principal advisor to Bernie Ecclestone FO Management, an architect of the Olympic marketing TOP programme, advisor to Rio 2016, the FIVB (volleyball) and international brands including Coca...

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  • Connacht Rugby CEO Steps Down

    Connacht Rugby CEO Tom Sears is to part company with the club by mutual consent after only 15 months in charge and negotiations are reportedly ongoing between Sears and the IRFU. This developed in the same week as IRFU chief executive Philip Browne responded to a reported €450,000-plus over spend in Connacht. However, it is believed that Sears' departure is not connected with those recent findings. It also comes as Pat Lam has only recently taken over from Eric Elwood as head coach but all p...

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  • 2023 Candidates Cry Foul To World Rugby

    World Rugby and the leading bidder named in the RWC2023 Evaluation Report, South Africa must have anticipated two weeks of lively debate between publication last week and the secret ballot of the World Rugby Congress to decide the successful candidate next week when the new bidding protocol was first revealed. Despite an agreed code of conduct amongst the potential hosts, executives behind France and Ireland campaigns have been publicly critical of World Rugby, the evaluation process and South A...

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  • New Castleford Stadium Gains Planning Permission

    Castleford Tigers' hopes of a new stadium were boosted after Wakefield Council granted planning permission for the £135m Five Towns Park development. Members of Wakefield Council's planning committee approved the outline application at a planning committee meeting last week. The Tigers hope to take up residency in the new 10,000 capacity community stadium, which will form part of the Five Towns Park - also including a retail development, petrol station and a country park. Speaking at the meetin...

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  • Ireland To Bid For Rugby World Cup In 2023

    At the International Rugby Board (IRB) conference this week Ireland revealed that it is considering making a bid for the Rugby World Cup in 2023. Ireland has reportedly been considering a bid for over a year having seen New Zealand stage the event in 2011 and if it does go ahead, the plan is for games to be played in both the north and south of the country at rugby union and gaelic games venues.  Ireland’s sports minister Leo Varadkar says hosting the world's third biggest sporting event wo...

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  • Lansdowne Road becomes Aviva Stadium

    Hibernian Aviva, Ireland’s largest insurance company, has secured the naming rights to the redeveloped Lansdowne Road ground which will now be called Aviva Stadium. The company have taken on the naming rights for a 10-year period and will provide investment support to the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) and the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) for their grassroots programmes.. From the outset the IRFU and the FAI stated that the naming rights would be an important element in the funding...

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