Philip Rainey

  • 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

    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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  • Castleford Stadium Gets The Go-Ahead

    Castleford Tigers’ plans to move to a new stadium at Five Towns Park have finally been given the go-ahead after the government opted not to ‘call in’ the planning application. Wakefield Council had already approved the plans for the new £135 million Five Towns Park just off junction 32 of the M62, which includes a 10,000-capacity stadium, back in February but it had to be referred to the department for communities and local government because of the scale of the project. The venture is ex...

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  • Castleford Tigers To Get New Stadium

    Lateral Property Group has announced proposals for a new 10,000 capacity stadium for Castleford Tigers, which will be funded by an enabling retail development. The developers have entered into discussions with Wakefield Council for plans to develop a major site at Glasshoughton, next to Junction 32 of the M62. The £135 million investment would bring a new retail offering to the town, along with a Country Park and significant highways improvements and as many as 2,000 jobs would be created at th...

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  • Hotel Deals Offer Full Board Value

    When faced with a long distance fixture the choice of hotel for the night before is crucial. The days of rugby clubs ringing around hotels to get a place to stay before a big match are long gone. Professional rugby has brought with it professional preparation. The regular need for a quality stopover, given the geography of the participants in competitions such as the RaboDirect Pro 12 and the Aviva Premiership, has offered up an opportunity for clubs to get into bed with hotel groups and coopera...

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