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  • Rugby League Birthplace Gets New Owner

    The hotel widely regarded as the birthplace of rugby league has been bought by a dentist and property developer four months after going into receivership. The George Hotel in Huddersfield, where 20 clubs decided to break away from the Rugby Football Union on 29 August 1895 to form the new sport of rugby league, was purchased by Dr Altaf Hussain for an undisclosed fee but offers over £900,000 were requested back in January. The building, which also housed the sport’s heritage centre in its b...

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  • Rugby League Birthplace Shut Down

    The hotel where rugby league was founded on 29 August 1895 as 20 clubs decided to break away from the Rugby Football Union has closed. The George Hotel in Huddersfield, which is considered the birthplace of rugby league and also houses the sport’s heritage centre in its basement, has experienced financial difficulties recently and the owners will now be looking for a new buyer. It did close temporarily back in April as well and, although it reopened quite quickly, the money problems have not g...

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  • Edinburgh To Move To Myreside

    Edinburgh have formed a partnership with George Watson’s College in the city and will play fixtures at its Myreside ground next season. The capital club, which has attracted an average home gate of 5,480 this season, has been actively looking for a suitable home ground while currently playing matches at BT Murrayfield which has a capacity of over 67,000. The club, which plays in the Guinness PRO12 league, has been discussing the move with the school and a partnership has now been agreed that...

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  • Abbey Insurance Back Ulster Stand And Academy

    Abbey Insurance has announced two major sponsorship agreements with Ulster Rugby. The three-year partnership will see Northern Ireland's largest locally owned insurance broker sponsor the Ulster Rugby Academy and Kingspan Stadium's Family Stand. The exclusive agreement will see the Aquinas end stand at Kingspan Stadium renamed the Abbey Insurance Family Stand with the brand rolling out a range of family friendly match day initiatives throughout the season. The Academy will be branded the Abbey I...

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  • Osborne Backs 2021 RLWC

    The RFL have been quick to announce that they welcome the announcement today by Chancellor George Osborne that the government will support a bid by the UK for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup. Speaking following the announcement, RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood, said: "We are delighted that the RFL’s interest in bidding for the Rugby League World Cup has government support. “The UK has a deserved reputation for staging world class events and the RFL has demonstrated its own ability to deliver...

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  • Wigan V Hull FC In Wollongong A SL First

    Wigan Warriors and Hull FC will play the first ever Betfred Super League fixture outside Europe at WIN Stadium, Wollongong, Australia on Saturday 10 February next year. The stadium has a capacity of 23,000 and is the home ground of NRL side St George Illawarra. World Club Champions, Wigan have entered into an official Tourism and Destination Partnership with the New South Wales government - via tourism agencies Destination New South Wales and Destination Wollongong - in order to facilitate a thr...

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  • Reddin To Lead FA Performance

    ... Reddin as its new head of performance services. Reddin, 44, was a key member of Sir Clive Woodward's staff in England's 2003 rugby World Cup-winning campaign and will now be hoping some of that success might rub off at the national football centre at St George's Park where he will report to the FA's director of Elite Development Dan Ashworth. Reddin, who also held the role of director of performance services for Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics, will oversee a number of areas including spo...

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  • NRL & Agents On Collision Course

    Reports in the Australian media have claimed that agents in the NRL are earning as much money combined as the salary cap for one of the league’s teams. The Sydney Morning Herald says they take home just under AUD $7 million (£3.66m) with agents fees as high as five to seven per cent in rugby league, compared to just two to four per cent in the AFL. The paper also says agents take up to 20 per cent on third party agreements and that the total registered amount of TPAs across the 16 clubs was s...

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  • A Legal View: Union Player Transfers

    The experts at Onside Law have provided an insight into the trends affecting player transfers in rugby union compared to football: Player transfers in rugby are less commonplace than those in football. Many followers of rugby may even be unaware that transfer fees are sometimes paid by rugby clubs acquiring players, unlike in football where each transfer window generates a huge fanfare as to the number of transfers and the size of transfer fees paid. In rugby, there is less of a transfer culture...

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  • RLWC 2017 Dates Revealed Before Next Week's Draw

    Next year’s Rugby League World Cup in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea is likely to start on October 27th and finish on December 2nd when the official draw is made next week it has been revealed. The draw for the 2017 tournament will be made simultaneously at events in Brisbane and Auckland next Tuesday, July 19. The World Cup organisers' chief executive Michael Brown and chairman George Peponis will be joined by coaches Mal Meninga (Australia), Stephen Kearney (New Zealand) and Mic...

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