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  • Tonga Agrees To World Rugby Reforms

    World Rugby has agreed a package of reforms designed to address the crisis in the sport in Tonga. The Tonga Rugby Union (TRU) has been hit by unresolved administration and governance issues as well as debt and outstanding legal cases. Last month the TRU said they had been placed in receivership with debts of $130,000 (£92,000/€115,000), with the news following the departure of a number of staff. Financial support from World Rugby was suspended but a rescue package has now been agreed. A 10-ye...

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  • Rugby Park To Host Scotland v Tonga Autumn International

    The Scottish Rugby Union have announced that Rugby Park in Kilmarnock will host their autumn international fixture with Tonga this November. The match will represent the first time a Tier One rugby nation has played on an entirely artificial surface, with the pitch at the home of Kilmarnock Football Club being relaid over the summer. The surface has passed IRB compliance and safety tests. Scottish Rugby chief executive Mark Dodson said: "We are delighted to bring international rugby to Ayrshire...

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  • Whitehaven Unable to Host World Cup Match

    Rugby League World Cup 2013 have announced today that the Scotland v Tonga and Scotland v Italy matches will no longer take place in Whitehaven. Copeland Borough Council are no longer able to guarantee the building of Pow Beck Stadium, within the timeframe required by the tournament. Sally Bolton RLWC2013 general manager said “When selecting Copeland as a host RLWC2013’s selection committee were very supportive of the idea of building a new stadium in Whitehaven as a way of growing the game...

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  • RLWC2017 Looks To Lebanon And Tonga Effect To Fill Stadiums

    ... expectation that we will get strong crowds, we really don't know for sure until then." Italy, Fiji, Samoa, Ireland and the other UK home nations may also be counting on support. But the outside favourite threatening to make the big three into a four is Tonga. The high-profile defection of players such as Australian international Andrew Fifita and his New Zealand counterpart Jason Taumalolo on the basis of Tonga’s tier 2 nation status has added spice to their fixtures – not to mention lessen...

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  • Mixed Returns For RLWC 2017 As NZ & PNG Host Sell-Outs And TV Figures Impress

    ... responses from fans attending games in New Zealand and PNG have not been matched in Australia; the local Australian TV audience for the opening game was an impressive 1.33m on Channel 7, but crowds have not broken records. The surprise result between NZ and Tonga at Waikato Stadium, Hamilton last weekend was watched by a sell-out crowd (capacity just under 25,000) and the biggest attendance in the tournament so far. The previous weeks’ crowd of 18,156 for the Samoa-Tonga match at the same ven...

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  • Behind the Brand - KooGa

    ... wear, luggage, aeroprene, balls, replica – Visit www.kooga-rugby.com   What do they do in Rugby Union? – Kit providers for Ospreys, Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Saracens, Bristol, NEC Harlequins, Northampton, Edinburgh, Glasgow Warriors, Fiji, Tonga, USA, Bedford, Plymouth, Rotherham, Cambridge University, Army and Navy.  At grassroots level, team wear.  They sponsor professional players such as Ryan Jones, Jonathan Thomas, Steve Borthwick and Magnus Lund   What do they do in Rugby...

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  • Halifax Eager To Cash In On Global Opportunity

    Tonga v Italy may not be a rugby league match that normally sets the pulses racing but add the lustre of a World Cup, plus the selection of the right venue, and suddenly it becomes a big deal.Rugby League World Cup 2013 (RLWC 2013) organisers chose The Shay, the 14,000-capacity home of both Kingstone Press Championship side Halifax RLFC and FC Halifax Town, who play in the fifth tier of the English football pyramid, for the concluding fixture of Group C on 10 November rather than other, more hig...

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  • Community action plan for Leigh's RLWC

    ... Perpignan and Limerick to Hull. Three Co-operative Championship venues and one Championship 1 ground will host RLWC matches; Workington has been awarded a grant of close to £500,000 by its local council to upgrade Derwent Park for Scotland’s games against Tonga and Italy. The money is being spent on toilets, bars, the pitch, floodlights, a new electronic scoreboard, turnstile refurbishment and media working areas. The Shay in Halifax is gearing up to stage Tonga v Italy and Rochdale, who wil...

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  • Saracens’ Global Vision Knows No Bounds

    ... club to be confined or adhere to traditional preconceptions or expectations of a rugby club and with their global network of clubs they are taking things to a new level. With six clubs across the globe signed up already in Abu Dhabi, Moscow, Malaysia, Tonga and Brazil, Running Rugby can reveal that two more clubs in the USA and China are now being added to the stable as well. The potential benefits are obvious, with sevens entering the Olympics in 2016 and the sport growing to new parts of the...

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  • IRB Investment to Bring a Taste of 2015

    ... venues.      IRB International Rugby Series will feature 12 IRB Strategic Investment Unions are in addition to the Tier One v Tier Two fixtures within the international tours and test schedule approved by the IRB Council in 2010. Russia, USA, Samoa, Canada, Tonga, Fiji, Romania, Japan, Uruguay, Portugal, Georgia and Chile will all be in action with the three Pacific Island teams facing up against top level opposition. The announcement further underlines the IRB’s commitment to an expan...

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