Port Elizabeth

  • Disappointing Crowds In Philadelphia And Port Elizabeth

    Match attendance is always an accurate indication of current demand. But, administrators from Premiership and PRO14 were left to defend disappointing gates in Philadelphia and Port Elizabeth this week with only visions of potential future growth to console. Newcastle played Saracens at the Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia filling only 6,271 of the 18,500 available seats. A similar, competitive AP fixture between London Irish and Saracens had attracted to almost 15,000 to Red Bull Arena in Ne...

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  • Neath RFC Face Winding Up Order Over £60k Debt

    Neath Port Talbot Council is seeking a winding up order against Neath Rugby Club for unpaid rates and other debts totalling £60,000, according to the South Wales Evening Post. The authority has confirmed that it has been granted a liability order by the courts for the "totality of a long-standing business rates debt". Club chairman Geraint Hawkes told the Post there was an "ongoing appeal" which was being conducted by the valuation tribunal service against the level of business rates it had fac...

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  • Greene King To Continue As Quins' Official Beer

    Greene King has renewed its sponsorship deal with Harlequins, meaning that the cask ale brand will remain as the club's official beer until the end of the 2016/17 season. Greene King has been involved at Quins for a decade now, having first partnered with the club in 2003, and on-trade sales director Jo Parks says the sponsorship agreement is an imPortant part of the company's plans. "Rugby union is enjoying a growing international profile and that will only increase with the 2015 Rugby World...

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  • EPRU’s UK-Based Saviour Unmasked

    ... to be a bankrupt businessman with an unregistered company and false business address. London-based sPorts marketing company Integrated SPort was recently revealed as the union’s new sponsor when the EPRU handed a business plan to the High Court in Port Elizabeth in order to avoid liquidation. It was rePorted that Integrated SPort would invest R20 million (£921,570) per year into the EPRU for the next five years, with the first R20 million paid up front. However, the South African media is no...

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  • Murrayfield To Get Desso Pitch

    ... Murrayfield accessible in probably the most challenging rugby climate in the northern hemisphere.” The same pitch technology is used at both Twickenham and the Aviva Stadium in Dublin and further afield at Newlands in Cape Town, the Nelson Mandela Stadium in Port Elizabeth and the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin. The WRU also revealed in December that it will be installing a Desso pitch at the Millennium Stadium and the cost of that surface is thought to be around £3.3 million. The SRU has s...

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  • Super 18 Reverts To 15

    ... is the national governing bodies of the two countries involved who will decide which sides are to be cut. It is expected that the two South African franchises with the least supPort and poorest results, the Cheetahs based in Bloemfontein and Kings in Port Elizabeth will be cut. SARU have said that a consultative process will delay an announcement until June. The ARU have announced that one of two clubs will be cut from either Western Force in Perth or the Melbourne Rebels. What at first was tho...

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  • Davies Calls For WRU Dignity To Be Restored

    The Welsh Rugby Union comfortably won a vote of no confidence called at an emergency general meeting of clubs in Port Talbot on Sunday but one of its most senior and respected members admitted that a tarnished reputation needed to be restored, The Guardian has rePorted.   Gerald Davies, the former Wales and Lions wing who is on the WRU’s board of directors and sits on the International Rugby Board, shocked the delegates at the meeting when he took the floor during the no-confidence motion whi...

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  • Cuddy's Warning Shots to WRU

    Wales Online have rePorted that, with the Welsh Rugby Union holding its annual general conference in Port Talbot on Sunday, Mike Cuddy, a non-exec director of Ospreys, has made a timely warning that regional rugby is staring down the barrel. The former Ospreys chief, speaking in a personal capacity, has urged delegates from member clubs to grill the union and push for a debate. ​In a strongly-worded statement, Cuddy: questions whether the WRU has a plan to help the regions; raises the spect...

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  • Kings And Cheetahs About To Look North?

    ... £800k (€910k) per team per year and a strengthening of playing squad quality. If the SA teams are to participate in this year’s PRO12 then time pressure would require some quick decisions. The Bloemfontein-based Cheetahs and Southern Kings from Port Elizabeth are the least successful of the countries six regional teams in terms of on and off-pitch performance. The Kings first competed in Super Rugby in 2016. The travel logistics won’t be anything new, but the reason for cutting the sides...

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  • WRU Schedules Extraordinary General Meeting

    The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) have scheduled an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) after a campaign led by David Moffett forced the governing body into action. Clubs are being invited to send delegates to the EGM on Sunday 15th June in Port Talbot after the former WRU chief executive Moffett took up the cause of the clubs, who were rePortedly angry at plans to restructure the National League. The WRU confirmed it had received 43 written applications from clubs to hold the EGM, with the PRO12 reg...

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