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  • Pan-American Six Nations Planned For 2016

    Plans are in place for six nations from North and South America to launch a Pan-American annual championship based on the successful European model, according to an announcement from USA Rugby last week. Representatives of rugby unions from Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, Argentina, Canada and the United States met in Miami last week to discuss plans which are hoped to come to fruition in 2016. USA Rugby CEO Nigel Melville said: "This is an exciting time for rugby in the Americas and the establishment o...

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  • USA & Canada To Host RLWC 2025

    Following the recommendation of the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) board to conditionally award the 2025 Rugby League World Cup to North America three weeks ago, the RLIF Congress have endorsed the board's recommendation at their AGM in Liverpool last week. RLIF chairman Nigel Wood commented: "The award of the 2025 World Cup to North America is a historic moment in the global development of Rugby League. The USA and Canada provides world class stadia allied to a significant multi-c...

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  • Tigers Head To America As New Professional League Gathers Pace

    The National Rugby Football League (NRFL) in America has announced it has reached an agreement with Leicester Tigers to play the NRFL 'Rough Riders' in the first professional major league rugby game in the U.S. The match will be played during Leicester's pre-season on Saturday 1st August 2015 with the host city and stadium to be announced prior to the NRFL's Player Combine in Los Angeles in January 2015. The Rough Riders will be a composite team of elite American athletes that have been recruite...

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  • Nigel Melville: Bringing My Passion For Rugby To America

    Former England rugby captain and current CEO of USA Rugby, Nigel Melville, spoke to The Daily Telegraph about how he has carved out a happy niche introducing the game to Americans after a rocky start to life in Boulder, Colorado. I arrived in Boulder, Colorado in January 2007 as CEO and president of rugby operations for USA Rugby, with a big challenge ahead of me. My task was the raise the profile of a sport that has a history in America few knew about. Colleges played it here in the late 1800...

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  • RFU Replaces Chignell With Manning-Cooper

    The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has appointed former ER2015 communications director Joanna Manning-Cooper as its new director of digital, marketing and communications. Manning-Cooper worked for ER2015 on the Rugby World Cup for three years and her new role covers all England Rugby content and channels, team and corporate communications, media relations and media operations, CRM, the England Rugby brand and delivering the fan’s stadium spectator experience and match day sports presentation. She...

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  • Three years credit for Sale Sharks

    MBNA have signed a three year deal with Sale Sharks to become their Principal Partner. The deal is reported to be worth £900,000 over the three years. MBNA, based in Chester is a subsidiary of Bank of America and is one the UK’s largest credit card lenders. As part of their deal, they will be the main shirt logo for all three of Sale’s playing shirts which are being unveiled in July 2011. As well as continuing their sponsorship of the main stand at Edgeley Park and supporting Premiership Ru...

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  • USA Rugby To Hold Talks With Premier Rugby

    Premier Rugby and USA Rugby are to hold talks over the possibility of an English club rugby game being played in America. Peter Tom, the Leicester Tigers chairman, is reported to have suggested that talks are underway about a game taking place in the USA and PRL’s CEO Mark McCafferty is to meet USA Rugby boss Nigel Melville next month to discuss the logistics of such a venture. "We are looking to extend our ties with American rugby and open up the US market commercially. They can see the pros...

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  • Quins Partner USA Rugby To Grow Game & Brand

    After playing an exhibition match against the USA in Philadelphia, Harlequins have confirmed that they have entered into a strategic partnership with USA Rugby to help grow the game in one of the sport’s fastest growing markets. David Ellis, chief executive of Harlequins, commented: “This is a significant day for Harlequins as we announce our long term plans for our involvement with rugby in the United States. “USA Rugby is developing rapidly, with well-founded ambitions to compete for the...

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  • Top Turf Talkers for Grounds Conference

    The Turf Disease Centre's Dr Kate Entwistle, STRI's Lee Penrose and Clark Cox from South Carolina University are the latest confirmed speakers for this year's Institute of Groundsmanship 'Ahead of the Game' Sports Turf Conference at York Racecourse on Thursday December 6. They join an array of industry-recognised authorities who will be presenting an education programme that will be unmissable for everyone involved in grounds care. Kate will discuss 'Plant parasitic nematodes: the facts and figu...

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  • USA Growth Continues As All Blacks And AP Clubs Reveal Plans

    A report in The Times claims that talks to play at least one Premiership match in the USA are at an advanced stage, with the possibility of one game being held next season. Speculation that London Irish would attempt to exploit the large Irish communities in Boston or New York has been circulating for some time but now Premiership Rugby chief executive Mark McCafferty has confirmed to The Times that rather than an ad hoc arrangement made by individual clubs, a more structured deal is in the pipe...

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