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  • Martin Appointed CEO Of New Zealand Football

    Andy Martin, who only left London Irish as CEO around a week ago, has been appointed as The new chief executive of NZ Football. He oversaw a project that led to The sale of London Irish's base in Sunbury and re-location to a new training ground followed by The successful buy out of The club by a consortium of Irish businessmen. He was selected for his new job from a panel of 179 potential candidates worldwide. "I am excited by The many opportunities and challenges facing New Zealand Football...

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  • London Irish And Yorkshire Carnegie Meet Minimum Standards For Promotion

    The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has considered The findings of an independent audit report of The Greene King IPA Championship semi-finalists assessing Their eligibility for promotion to The Aviva Premiership next season. London Irish and Yorkshire Carnegie have met The minimum standards criteria to The satisfaction of The RFU based on The following stadia: Madejski Stadium (London Irish) and Headingly Carnegie (Yorkshire Carnegie). Ealing Trailfinders and Doncaster Knights did not apply for The...

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  • London Irish Step Closer To Brentford Move

    Hounslow Borough Council have approved a Rugby licence for Brentford’s new Lionel Road stadium allowing The Football club and London Irish to progress ground-share plans. Brentford hope to leave Their Griffin Park home and move to The 20,000-capacity stadium in August 2019. London Irish have longer-term commitments in Reading, but it is reported that They have an option to break Their lease at Madjeski. Bob Casey, London Irish chief executive said: “The Council's decision is very encouraging...

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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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  • O'Leary Sues IRFU

    The Sunday Times has reported that TOMAS O’LEARY, The Irish scrum-half now playing for London Irish, has filed a High Court action against The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) seeking damages for an injury caused while training with The national team. The personal-injury claim was filed last week by Daly Derham Donnelly, O’Leary’s Cork solicitors. It is The first time a player has sued The IRFU over an injury in The professional era. O’Leary, 30, is seeking compensation for an eye...

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  • Guinness Series To Boost Irish Economy By €60 Million

    The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) has estimated that The 2013 Guinness Series will bring in €60 million to The country's economy this November. Ireland play two Saturday evening kick-offs against Samoa on 9 November and Australia on 16 November and a Sunday game against New Zealand on 24 November and The hospitality industry and local retailers should be in for a good month as thousands of supporters seek out bars, restaurants, shops and hotels around Dublin. The IRFU has estimated that 4...

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  • Ireland Launch Women's RWC2017 Bid

    The Irish Rugby Football Union has announced that it has submitted a bid to host The Women's Rugby World Cup in August 2017 at locations in both Dublin and Belfast. University College Dublin is The intended host for The tournament pool stages before The play-offs and finals stages at Queen's University Sport and The Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. The IRFU is also tabling a bid to host The 2023 Rugby World Cup and chief executive Phillip Browne said this new bid was a reflection of The growing mome...

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  • Ireland RWC 2023 Bid Confirmed

    The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) has confirmed its intention to submit a bid to host The 2023 Rugby World Cup. The announcement was made in conjunction with The Irish Government and The NorThern Ireland Executive, both of which have pledged Their support for The tournament bid. A bid from Ireland has been on The cards since a government taskforce was asked to assess The suitability of a bid in January 2014 and no oTher nations have formally launched bids yet but South Africa, France, Italy...

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  • IRFU Confirms Six-Year Canterbury Deal

    The Irish Rugby Football Union has confirmed that Canterbury of New Zealand will become The national team’s new kit supplier from The autumn. The sports clothing brand has signed a “multi-million euro” six-year deal that begins on 1 September and lasts until 2020 and The first sighting of The new kit in action will be at The Aviva Stadium on Saturday 8 November against South Africa. The announcement is official confirmation of The news brought to you in Running Rugby back in September and...

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  • Sky Signs Trio Of International Deals

    Sky Sports has moved to seal three major contracts with international Rugby Union governing bodies as it prepares to face tough competition from The new BT sports channel. The broadcaster has signed four-year deals with The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU), The French Rugby Federation (FFR) and The Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) to show The autumn internationals featuring all three nations. The satellite TV giant takes France and Italy’s fixtures from ESPN and Ireland’s matches from The BBC...

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