Tom Kinirons

  • Wood And Hurley Join Munster As Non-Execs

    ... Killian Hurley: CEO, Mount Anvil Gerry O'Shea: president, Munster Rugby Garrett Fitzgerald: CEO, Munster Rugby Gerry O'Loughlin: independent chairman, management committee, Munster Rugby John Hartery: Professional Game Board representative Tom Kinirons: independent chair, Finance Committee, Munster Rugby Enda Lynch: commercial and marketing manager, Munster Rugby Doug Howlett: corporate ambassador, Munster Rugby  ...

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  • Cup success sparks investment

    The 2000 rugby league World Cup was a disaster but last year’s tournament in Australia proved a success. So where does it go from here? DAVID LAWRENSON reports   There would have been a big sigh of relief from rugby league administrators after the recent rugby league World Cup in Australia. Not only did it turn in a profit of $A5 million but New Zealand managed to produce one of the biggest shocks in the history of the tournament by beating the hosts in the final. It was all very different fr...

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  • Music lessons

    Playing the right music is an important part of the gameday experience at most professional rugby clubs these days. DAVID LAWRENSON checks out who plays what, when and why.   Where would you hear classical music, Led Zeppelin, punk anthems, a bit of ambient, the odd dance track and even a bit of brass band music all lumped together? On matchdays at a professional rugby club of course! Music at rugby grounds has come a long way since the days when the odd scratchy 45 was played over an antiquate...

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  • Plan to suceed

    Long-term brand building is crucial for your marketing strategy according to garth dawson of marketing company korero   In an earlier article I recommended that your club, product or service had to have a clear and distinct brand strategy at the heart of all your marketing and promotional activities. In a business where your fixed costs dominate and variable costs are negligible, just like an airline, every empty seat is money lost from the botTom-line. But generating ticket sales is only one o...

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  • Food for thought

    MARTIN DUCKWORTH looks at the food and drink on offer at rugby grounds up and down the country   As those of us who travel to many different grounds during the course of a season know only too well, the standard of food on offer can vary wildly, from the excellent to the downright awful. While pulling the fat off a particularly greasy piece of bacon hidden inside a large bread roll before a match recently, (I won’t reveal which ground, for fear of embarrassing them) my mind began to wander. W...

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  • Working Week - The Head Groundsman

    The head groundsman     What does it take to get a modern rugby facility ready for match day? GARETH BALMER, head groundsman and deputy IT/telecommunications manager at Gloucester, takes us through a typical week   Monday The week begins at 8am with a small staff meeting to go through anything that may have cropped up over the weekend, such as updated fixtures due to progression in cup competitions. We are also informed of any special requirements that need to be met for respective competitio...

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  • Tony Rowe - The Chief of the Chiefs

    Tony Rowe doesn’t let the grass grow under his feet. The man behind Exeter’s rise into the elite of English rugby manages to be chief executive and chairman of the Chiefs, in addition to chairing telecommunications giant South West Communications and two other companies, while also finding time to indulge in his passion for motorcycling and vintage fire engines. Rowe became Exeter’s chairman in 1998 when the club was restructured in an attempt to exploit the move to professionalism. The cl...

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  • Wembley Boxes of Delights For RL Fans

    The Carnegie Challenge Cup Final remains rugby league’s traditional showpiece. Since 2007 the 114-year-old event has been rejuvenated at the rebuilt Wembley Stadium. The average fan has enjoyed an improved match-day experience compared to the old dilapidated stadium but have the state-of-the art corporate hospitality facilities been exploited to the full? Wembley’s long-term catering partner, Delaware North Companies, will serve over 5,000 corporate hospitality guests dining in Wembley’s r...

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  • Saracens and Warriors Unite

    Wigan Warriors and Saracens have announced a historic partnership between the two clubs, incorporating co-operation between the respective coaching teams and academies, player loans and a cross-code match. Joel Tomkins, 24, Wigan and England, will join Saracens with immediate effect. The centre said: “I will always be a proud Wiganer, but everybody in rugby union and rugby league can see there is something very special happening at Saracens, and I can’t wait to be part of it.” Ian Lenagan...

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  • The Boss - NIgel Wood, RFL

    The Rugby Football League (RFL) has seen an impressive decade of financial recovery, reporting a profit for nine consecutive years. Over the last ten years revenue has risen steadily, from a low of £7.5million in 2001 to the £22.8m reported in 2010 with income coming centrally into the sport across both the RFL and Super League Europe growing from £18.6m to £48.2m, a 159 per cent increase. While net liabilities, which were at an all-time low of £2m in 2001, were transformed into net assets...

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