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  • RWC2015 Brings In Shaun The Sheep

    Rugby World Cup Limited and Elite Sports Properties (ESP), the company responsible for managing Rugby World Cup 2015 (RWC2015) licensing agreements, are planning to use the animated TV character ‘Shaun the Sheep’ to attract a younger audience to the tournament. The campaign will see Shaun the Sheep wearing an official RWC2015 kit and a range of stationary, apparel and giftware will be available.Sean Clarke, head of Aardman rights, said in a statement: “Shaun the Sheep is a family favouri...

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  • EY Named Business Advisor To RWC 2015

    Rugby World Cup Limited has announced the appointment of EY as the official business advisor of the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England. The announcement of the addition of the professional services firm follows the appointments of Heineken, Land Rover, Société Générale, DHL, Emirates and MasterCard as RWC 2015 Worldwide partners, Gilbert as official ball supplier, Canterbury of New Zealand as official sportswear supplier and Clifford Chance as official law firm. Rugby World Cup Limited chairma...

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  • "Claims Have No Substance" Say Bulls

    Bradford Bulls maintain there is 'no substance' to 47 individual claims which have been launched against them by former players and staff employed before the company’s liquidation in January. It has been reported that 47 separate cases will be brought against the Rugby Football League, Bradford Bulls Northern Limited – the holding company of the Bulls when they were placed into liquidation – and the new company that replaced them, Bradford Bulls 2017 Limited. Cases will be heard at an empl...

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  • Western Province Commercial Arm Fails

    In a clear indication of the difficult economic climate for Rugby union in South Africa, Western Province Rugby (Pty) Limited, the commercial arm of the South African province’s governing body, was placed into final liquidation by the Western Cape High Court earlier this week. The allegations levelled against Western Province by Aerios (Pty) Limited, a commercial partner to the company likely to suffer considerable loss, were found to have no merit and its opposition to the liquidation was...

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  • Toshiba Joins RWC Sponsorship Stable

    Rugby World Cup Limited has announced that Toshiba has joined the portfolio of official tournament sponsors. The global electronics company has a previous association with the Rugby World Cup (RWC) and the extension of the partnership sees another Worldwide brand sign on with the showpiece global Rugby event. RWC Limited chairman Bernard Lapasset said: "The appointment of a global leader in the electronics field further underscores the strength of the Rugby World Cup brand in the global sports s...

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  • Kevin Marren - St Helens RLFC

    St Helens RLFC has appointed Kevin Marren to its board of directors. Kevin, aged 48, is a chartered accountant by profession and has spent 20 years in property investment and development. He was chief executive of Elite Homes Group Limited and negotiated its sale to the Bovis Group in 2007. He is now chairman of T123 Limited, a group involved in the distribution of parts to specialist vehicle suppliers.

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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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  • Bath at a loss

    Bath Rugby club lost a record £357,000 last season. The Guinness Premiership outfit have revealed they expect that to more than double to about £750,000 next year as they struggle to keep salaries down. The club are relying in millionaire Andrew Brownsword to keep them afloat. A statement from the annual report says: "We are grateful to Mr Brownsword for meeting these losses, but it is unreasonable to expect him to do so in the future without support." Bath made a £283,000 profit in 2006 and...

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  • Alan Gilpin Appointed Head Of RWC

    ... he had responsibility for commercial rights negotiation across Rugby World Cup 2003, 2007 and 2011. Gilpin replaces Kit McConnell, who joined the International Olympic Committee as sports director at the beginning of the year. IRB chief executive and Rugby World Cup Limited managing director Brett Gosper said: "Alan proved himself to be an outstanding candidate during an extensive recruitment process featuring high-calibre candidates. His strong blend of experience and knowledge of the Rugby Wo...

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  • SKY Italia Joins RWC Broadcasting Line-Up

    Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) has announced the appointment of SKY Italia as a rights-holding broadcaster for Rugby World Cup 2015. Under the terms of the deal, SKY Italia will broadcast live coverage of all 48 matches and will also deliver a comprehensive TV, digital and mobile offering, meaning that more people in Italy than ever before will have access to the tournament. The deal further underscores the SKY Italia's commitment Rugby, with the broadcaster currently showing coverage of The Rug...

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