Philip Browne

  • 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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  • 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

    ... as a security risk when crime rates and violence were well-documented. Ireland also argued that their risk factor should be counted as less than France. Dick Spring, representing Ireland’s 2023 Oversight Board wrote to all WR Council members. While Philip Browne the chief executive of the IRFU exchanged polite but firm correspondence with World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper during the last week. They pointed out that capacity assessments were irrelevant when empty stadiums are common place in South...

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  • Ireland To Bid For Rugby World Cup In 2023

    ... backing of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), meaning stadiums such as the 82,300-capacity Croke Park would be available. There are also 10 other grounds that are as big as Munster’s Thormond Park. The Irish Rugby Football Union chief executive Philip Browne, who has been working on the bid since 2011, added: "We see this is as having great potential for Ireland as an island and for the sport itself." South Africa and France have also indicated that they plan to make a bid for the 2023...

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  • Lansdowne Road becomes Aviva Stadium

    ... which will be a home for both Irish rugby and soccer. The two bodies are confident that in Aviva Stadium they have a model that will sustain both of their sports well into the future. The new stadium will also benefit the wider economy, according to Philip Browne, chairman of the Lansdowne Road Stadium Development Company (LRSDC) and chief executive of the IRFU.  He said: “Previous research shows that the weekend of an Ireland v England rugby international has an economic impact of up to €...

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  • Salford Sign Up Just R For Sales And Marketing

    Salford Red Devils have appointed local sales and marketing agency Just R to deliver their marketing activity for the 2015 season. Just R will also secure match day sponsorship and lead on business development for the Super League club. The agency will be tasked with increasing engagement with the club and match day attendance as well as raising the profile of the club across Greater Manchester. As the Red Devils look to plan for the coming season, Just R will be focusing on improving individual...

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  • Sky Signs Trio Of International Deals

    ... including the British and Irish Lions and Heineken Cup, and Sky Sports continues as the home of televised rugby union.” The exact details as to how much Sky has paid for the broadcasting rights has not been made public but the chief executive of the IRFU, Philip Browne, thinks the new coverage will be “a wonderful platform for Irish Rugby” and is “delighted” with the agreement.   “Sky Sports has built a reputation as one of the top broadcasters of rugby over the last ten years and...

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  • Dean Becomes Ireland Team Manager

    ... rugby career, he set up TopLion Sportswear and spent over two decades working in the sports apparel industry. In recent years he has been working as a sports consultant and has played an active role as a member of the Leinster Professional Game Board. Philip Browne, chief executive of the IRFU, said: "The IRFU are delighted to appoint Paul to the position of Ireland team manager. His international experience and extensive work in the area of sports management ensure he is well placed to excel i...

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  • IRFU Appoint New Manager

    ... McNaughton, who has officially stepped down from the role. Kearney will join up with the squad next week in their Limerick camp as preparations begin for the start of the RBS 6 Nations Championship. Commenting on the appointment, IRFU chief executive Philip Browne said: “Michael has a proven record over the last 30 years in rugby, but also as an independent business man of a particularly high standing. The role is one which requires a certain amount of experience and understanding of how the...

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