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  • O2 Continue Leigh Centurions Partnership

    Kingstone Press Championship winners Leigh Centurions have announced the renewal of their sponsorship with telecommunications company O2. The partnership extension will see the O2 logo continue on the front of the Centurions' home and away shirts as well as on a range of merchandise, with the 2015 season being the second that O2 take on the main sponsor's title with the club. Leigh head of rugby Derek Beaumont said: "The Association with O2 Leigh and such a powerful brand is exactly the type of...

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  • Kingstone Press Sponsors England RL

    Cider brand Kingstone Press has added to its raft of sponsorship properties in domestic rugby league by becoming the main sponsor of the England national team on a two-year deal. The company, which is already the title sponsor of the Championship, League 1 and the National Conference League and is also the official cider of Super League and the Challenge Cup, will now have its logo on the England kit when they take on New Zealand in October. The new sponsorship agreement, which will see Kingston...

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  • Super League Restructuring Decisions To Wait

    Any changes to Super League's format will not be made until the end of the season say Press Association reports after a meeting of club stakeholders this week. League chiefs met with club representatives at Haydock Park on Wednesday to discuss a number of potential tweaks for the 2018 campaign. It is understood this included the awarding of the League Leaders' Shield after 23 rounds, rather than the current 30, and the resetting of points tallies for the Super 8s stage of the competition. In the...

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  • Kingstone Press To Sponsor Super League

    The Rugby Football League (RFL) and Kingstone Press Cider have announced a new extended partnership for the 2015-2017 seasons, which now includes the Super League competition for the first time. Following on from two years as title sponsors of the Championships, the new contract will see the cider brand be involved at every level of the game from the national team right through to National Conference League and community clubs. Kingstone Press will continue to be the title sponsors of the Champi...

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  • Headingley To Host 2014 Championships Finals

    The Rugby Football League (RFL) has revealed that the 2014 Kingstone Press Championships Finals Day will be staged at Headingley Carnegie Stadium in Leeds on Sunday 5 October. Three title-deciding matches will take place on the day: the Kingstone Press Championship Grand Final, the Kingstone Press Championship One Grand Final, the winners of which will be promoted to the Championship, and the National Conference Challenge Trophy Final. It will be the second time the Championships Finals Day has...

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  • York Not Eligible For Promotion

    The RFL has confirmed that the York City Knights are not currently eligible for promotion to the Kingstone Press Championship should they qualify for and win the 2016 Kingstone Press League One promotion final due to be played on October 2nd. Despite working with the club over recent weeks, the York City Knights have been unable to provide the RFL with security of tenure at a ground that meets the necessary standards until the end of the 2017 season. This is a requirement under section A2:5 of t...

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  • Taxman Appeals Against Caithness VAT Ruling

    The Press and Journal has reported that a Highland rugby club is facing one of its toughest battles off the pitch, after the taxman appealed against the decision to quash a massive VAT bill. Caithness RFC was hit with a crushing bill for VAT after building their a new clubhouse at their ground in Thurso. A tax tribunal found in the club’s favour in August after president Frank Stephen argued that the new hall was used by various community groups and not just the rugby team. But now Her Majesty...

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  • Second Bash In Blackpool Eclipses 2015

    Rugby league's Summer Bash drew a record crowd of 15,912 to Blackpool last weekend to watch two days of thrilling Kingstone Press Championship action and the iPro Sport Cup final at Bloomfield Road. The weekend delivered 55 tries, a winning drop goal (Swinton Lions v Oldham), a hat-trick (Jarrod Summat for Workington Town), five games with a four-point winning margin or less and an additional 531 spectators compared to the Summer Bash in 2015. It also came on the back of a record-breaking M...

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  • ARA Brings In Copsey As CEO

    The Association of Rugby Agents (ARA) has confirmed that it has enlisted the help of former London Welsh CEO Tony Copsey to act as chief executive and help drive the future direction of the organisation. The ARA, which is the representative body of those representing professional rugby union players in the United Kingdom and Ireland, is a non-profit unincorporated trade body governed by its members and Copsey's consultancy company will now be responsible for conducting a strategic review and at...

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  • RFL Announces New League Structure

    The Rugby Football League (RFL) has officially announced the details of the new league structure that will come into operation in 2015 for the sport's professional and semi-professional competitions. From the 2015 season, the First Utility Super League and Kingstone Press Championship will both feature 12 clubs, whilst Kingstone Press Championship 1 will be renamed as Kingstone Press League 1 and comprise 14 clubs. Super League and Championship clubs will each play 23 matches in the regular seas...

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