Robert Blakemore

  • Gosper appointed new IRB Chief Exec

    Brett Gosper has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the International Rugby Board by the governing body's Executive Committee. Gosper, 53, will be responsible for the day to day operations of the IRB in line with the 2010-2020 Strategic Plan as mandated by the IRB Council, including the delivery of Rugby World Cup in his dual role as Managing Director of Rugby World Cup Limited, the implementation of development, investment and player welfare strategies and Rugby's successful return to th...

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  • IRB Appoint Acting CEO

    International Rugby Board (IRB) chief financial officer Robert Brophy has been appointed acting chief executive of rugby’s global governing body and acting managing director of Rugby World Cup Limited. Appointed by the executive committee, Irishman Brophy will take up his new position on February 1st, while an independent recruitment process for a permanent successor to Mike Miller is conducted. Brophy has served as the IRB’s chief financial officer since 1996 and previously worked for KPMG...

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  • Ex Crusaders Boss Faces Fraud Charges

    ... August 19, 2017, It was also alleged that between February 1, 2015 and June 9, 2017, Thomas advertised tickets for sporting events that did not exist. No pleas were entered by Thomas during the hearing, which lasted less than 10 minutes. Prosecuting Robert Blakemore said the case was too serious to be heard by magistrates. Magistrates sent the case to be heard at Mold Crown Court on Friday, February 9 and granted Thomas bail without conditions. Jamie Thomas was chief executive and major shareho...

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  • SRU Promotes McKay To COO

    Scottish Rugby has appointed director of commercial operations, communications & public affairs Dominic McKay to the new role of chief operating officer, while Robert Howat has also been added to the board. McKay joined the SRU in January 2008, stepping up to his current role in 2011, and the latest promotion completes a significant rise up the ranks with his new position encompassing the management of the BT Murrayfield stadium facilities as well as commercial, marketing, pro team and spons...

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  • Employers Set To Be Flexible For RWC 2015

    Almost three-quarters (73%) of UK companies are set to allow employees the flexibility to watch matches at the Rugby World Cup, which kicks off next Friday. More than one in five (22%) of those will always offer flexi-time or early finishes to watch the game and just five per cent of HR directors believe RWC 2015 will have a negative impact on their workplace, disrupting employee morale, according to a study by an independent research firm on behalf of recruitment consultancy Robert Half. Over h...

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  • Norster Calls Time on Blues

    Cardiff Blues has confirmed that chief executive, Robert Norster has announced that he is to leave the Region during the coming months. Norster has been in the role since June 2001 and has resigned his position believing the time is right for the company to refocus on the next phase of the Regional team's development. Speaking of the news, Robert Norster said; "Following considerable deliberation since the summer period, I now believe it is an appropriate time for a successor to carry forward th...

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  • Holland Appointed New Blues CEO

    Richard Holland will replace Robert Norster as chief executive officer of the Cardiff Blues in the first week of January 2012. Speaking of the appointment the 38-year-old said, “I'm honoured, proud and excited to be appointed and the new chief executive officer of Cardiff Blues and am very much looking forward to starting in the new role in January.” “I’m very excited about the challenges that lie ahead with Cardiff Blues and taking over from Bob Norster, who has done a tremendous job. H...

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  • Scrumsmart in Austria

     Over 100 players from four different countries attended a session of Scrumsmart at the inaugural Rauris International Rugby Festival near Salzburg in Austria. The festival, the brainchild of Rhino Rugby director and former Great Britain rugby league team manager, Abi Ekoku, was sponsored by Austrian Chalets. It featured various sides from the host nation, including an Austrian development squad, which played an international invitation XV. A women’s tournament was held for sides from Aust...

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  • Ospreys' Ground Could Be Sold To Swansea City FC

    The Liberty Stadium, home of the Ospreys, could be sold to Swansea City Football Club, the city council has confirmed. The council, which owns the ground, says it has held "positive, exploratory" talks with the football club over the sale but it is understood that the needs of the Ospreys would be protected under any such deal. Swansea City and the Ospreys have shared the stadium since it opened in 2005 and the proposed deal would help plug the gaping hole in council finances, with the authority...

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  • Caterpillar Renews Tigers Sponsorship

    Caterpillar has agreed a deal to extend its sponsorship of Leicester Tigers for a further three years. The previous contract, which encompassed sponsorship of the North Stand at Welford Road as well as the main shirt sponsorship, began in 2008 and is thought to have been worth between £4 million and £6 million over five years. The club has not revealed whether the value of the extension is equivalent or if it has changed but executive chairman Peter Tom CBE says he is “delighted” that the...

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