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  • Governance Review at RFL

    The RFL is enhancing the way in which the sport is governed. The recommendations in the 32-page Watkins Review of Rugby League Governance were reported as "well received" when they were presented to the RFL’s member clubs and organisations. The key recommendations in the Review were as follows: That the sport should remain governed by a single, unified governing body with a majority of independent directors. Recruitment for a non-Executive Chairman will begin immediately and Community Game r...

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  • Anglo-French Concerns Lead to ERC Review

    European Rugby Cup (ERC) have confirmed that a consultation process involving all of its stakeholders will commence shortly following formal applications for a Review of the ERC shareholder agreement from England and France. Premiership Rugby, Federation Francaise de Rugby (FFR) and Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR)  called for a Review of the agreement, which provides the structure for European club rugby’s two tournaments, the Heineken Cup and the Amlin Challenge Cup. The current arrangement,...

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  • Wasps Avoid Latest Legal Challenge To Ricoh Purchase Value

    Wasps seem to have successfully avoided the most recent legal claim by investment Group Sisu, owners of Coventry City FC, that the rugby club under-paid for the Ricoh Arena to the tune of £30m. Sisu look set to try for another legal appeal after losing their bid for a judicial Review into the sale of Ricoh Arena operating company ACL to Wasps. Sisu-related companies revealed they wanted the rugby club to pay almost £30million extra for ACL as they took Coventry City Council to the High Court i...

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  • RFL Weighs Up Super League Revamp

    The Rugby Football League is making progress as it looks at how best to revamp the structure of Super League and the Championship, with the number of clubs in the top flight likely to be cut to 12. The policy Review, which is currently well underway, is analysing issues such as licensing, promotion and relegation and game integration as the RFL attempts to “shape the future of the sport” for the coming years. One proposal is said to involve beginning the season with two leagues of 12 teams b...

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  • RFU Hire Keen and McGeechan for Review

    Sir Ian McGeechan (pictured) and former UK Sport performance director Peter Keen are to lead a Review into how to improve English rugby union. The pair will assess England’s long term strategy for success. Keen was head of UK Sport when Great Britain won 19 golds at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, a performance which was widely viewed as a success. The Rugby Football Union (RFU) chief executive Ian Ritchie said, “Across the organisation we're continually looking at how we can do things better....

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  • RFU Apologises to Martyn Thomas

    The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has made a public apology to Martyn Thomas, its former chairman and acting chief executive, after accepting that there was insufficient evidence to support allegations made against Thomas by a Review panel in the wake of the departure of former CEO John Steele in June 2011 The RFU Council set up a Review to examine the events that led to Steele leaving the organisation and to consider how and why confidential information was leaked to the media.  The RFU says th...

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  • Argentina Postpone Sevens Series Tournament

    The International Rugby Board (IRB) has confirmed that the Unión Argentina de Rugby (UAR) has reluctantly postponed hosting its round of the 2012/13 HSBC Sevens World Series, but hope to host around of the series in the 2013/14 season. The decision comes after a Review of all operational requirements by the Union taken in full consultation with all stakeholders. IRB chairman Bernard Lapasset said, "The IRB understands and fully supports what was a very difficult decision for the UAR. They have...

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  • Artificial Intelligence in Pitch Debate

    The Rugby Football League says it can see a time when top level matches are predominantly played on artificial surfaces, as it concludes a Review of pitches up and down the country. The RFL playing surfaces steering Group led by David Gent, the RFL’s Director of Participation and Strategic Partnerships, which also includes England and Wales Cricket Board pitch consultant Chris Wood, Geoff Webb from the institute of Groundsmanship and Headingley Carnegie Groundsman Jason Booth will publish thei...

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  • Hull KR And Hull FC Chairmen Fined By RFL

    The RFL has imposed £1,000 fines on Hull KR chairman Neil Hudgell and Hull FC chairman Adam Pearson for "publicly criticising the RFL disciplinary process".  The pair were found to be in breach of RFL Operational Rule D1.8 (c) (Improper Conduct) by engaging in conduct which is prejudicial to the interests of the game. Both have been issued with warnings about their future behavior and whilst Pearson has not decided to appeal the decision, Hudgell has lodged an appeal, with a date for the Appea...

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  • RFL To Launch Review Of Rugby League In West Cumbria

    The future of rugby league in West Cumbria is to be the subject of a major Review involving a detailed study spearheaded jointly by the RFL, Whitehaven and Workington Town. The Review follows on from the success of Rugby League World Cup 2013, during which more than 14,000 people attended matches at Workington’s Derwent Park stadium, and will focus on the sustainability of professional Rugby League in West Cumbria, as well as looking at the player pathway and development opportunities from wit...

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