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  • RugbyTradeDirectory Launched At AJ Bell Stadium Event

    Sportsglobal UK, the company behind the well-established Football Trade Directory have announced that Rugbytradedirectory.com (RTD) will be launched in July. RTD will produce a yearly book similar to the Football Trade Directory. The RTD will contain over 2000 companies covering the supply chain of the sport - from kit to pitch, stadium access to digital signage, audio to catering, travel to ticketing and more. To celebrate the launch of RTD a first rugby networking event will take place on Thur...

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  • Visa rules KO

    Unprecedented changes in the visa rules have left several clubs unable to recruit much needed overseas talent. NICOLA APPLETON of Lewis Silkin LLP looks at the problem   In order to sponsor overseas players and coaches, clubs must now have a government issued ‘sponsorship licence’. Once licensed, a club may only sponsor players and coaches that meet requirements agreed between the UK Border Agency and the RFU/WRU/SRU. These criteria are supposed to be designed to ensure that only those play...

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  • Tackling the Issue of Foreign Imports

    Clarke Willmott LLP, a law firm which ranks in the top three in the country for delivering specialist advice to the sports industry domestically and internationally tackle the issue of immigration in rugby. This is the first of a series of articles provided by Clarke Willmott for Running Rugby.  Professional sport is an increasingly global industry and many foreign players are seizing the opportunity to play in the UK. Among other benefits, the players can often command significantly higher s...

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  • Rule Appointed at Vikings Despite Ban

    From This is Hull and East Riding: DISGRACED former Hull FC chief executive James Rule has been appointed to the same role at Widnes Vikings – despite currently serving a suspension imposed by UK Anti-Doping. Rule was handed a two-year ban last December, back-dated to June, for his part in a cover-up after former Great Britain centre Martin Gleeson tested positive for the stimulant methylhexanaemine. Rule was barred from any involvement with rugby league players, but the Rugby Football League...

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  • Puma Ends Ireland Sponsorship

    Puma has opted to end its deal with the Irish Rugby Football Union to manufacture the Ireland kit four years ahead of schedule. The German sportswear company had signed an eight-year contract, which was said to be worth around 40 million euros, until 2017 but it now wants to withdraw from the agreement as soon as possible. The firm insists that the decision is part of a wider move to end its involvement with rugby across Europe (it also ended its association with Toulon last year) but it has agr...

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  • Eight-Year Doping Ban For Colclough

    The BBC has reported that a former Swansea RFC player has been suspended from all sport for eight years after being found guilty of using his company to distribute steroids. Dean Colclough, 34, stopped playing in 2007 after an injury but later ran a company in Swansea which produced and distributed muscle-building supplements. UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), which brought the charges, said the eight-year ban was the largest to be handed down in the UK for a first offence.   The charges were considered...

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  • Player Handed 15-Month Ban For Evading Drugs Test

    A semi-professional rugby league player has been handed a 15-month suspension by the National Anti-Doping Panel for evading a random doping test. Sebastien Kolasa, who plays for the London Skolars in the Kingstone Press Championship 1, was found guilty of evading an out-of-competition test conducted by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) at the club’s training ground on August 21st 2013.  The 19-year-old was suspended for two years by a Tribunal on 12 February but this sanction was subsequently reduced to...

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  • Calls For Scrums And Tackles To Be Removed From Schools Game

    A public health expert has claimed she would have prevented her two sons from playing rugby at school had she known at the time about the risk of serious injury. Allyson Pollock of Queen Mary University warns that schoolboy rugby players have a one-in-six chance of serious injury every season and has called for heavy impact aspects of the game such as scrums and tackling to be removed at school level. Speaking to the Sunday Times, Pollock, whose book Tackling Rugby: What Every Parent Should Kno...

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  • UKFast Return To Front Sharks' Shirts

    Sale Sharks have announced “the largest sponsorship deal in the history of the club”, with Manchester-based cloud and colocation firm UKFast. The “seven-figure deal” sees the firm return as shirt sponsor of the club after a five-year break. UKFast sponsored the club from 2000 to 2010. UKFast CEO Lawrence Jones said: "I am delighted to join The Sharks once again. I remember the first day I wedged my foot in the door of their portacabin at Heywood Road in 2000. They had a good laugh after...

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