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  • Adidas in price war over Rugby world cup shirts

    According to rugbyweek.com sportswear giant Adidas has found itself locked in a dispute with New Zealand retailers in the lead up to this year's Rugby World Cup over the price of All Blacks' replica jerseys. Adidas released the new jersey last month, expecting strong sales as rugby-mad New Zealand hosts the World Cup for the first time since 1987. But New Zealand retailers said the public had shunned the high-tech Tops because Adidas set the local retail price too high at NZ$220 (£115 approx)...

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  • Batley Bulldogs

    Batley Bulldogs currently play in League One of the Rugby League National Leagues. They are one of the original twenty-two rugby clubs that formed the Northern Rugby Football Union in 1895, making them one of the world’s first rugby league teams. During its lifetime the club has had its fair share of success and failures, including winning the Challenge Trophy three times in the first five years of the tournament being played. But silverware has been hard to come by of late, and only a brief s...

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  • Rugby League - Innovate or stagnate.

    Should rugby league be doing more to beat the recession? One Super League chairman thinks so but as part of a constant drive to improve financial performance and sporting image and profile rather than as mere enforced reaction to a weakening economy. DAVID LAWRENSON reports   In the current economic downturn every aspect of a business needs to be looked at and rugby is no exception. Both league and union seem to be coping better than most businesses but according to one Super League chairman, r...

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  • Training Pitch

    LAURENCE GALE MSc of pitchcare.com looks at the role of the groundsman and the courses available to practitioners     “Fundamental to the playability of any sports area and the health of the turfgrass cover is the physical characteristics of the soil or rootzone material. Surface stability, ball response, turf grass rooting, micro-organism communities, and chemical reactions are all affected by the physical elements that dictate oxygen and water availability, heat conductivity, and hydraulic...

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  • Making the right pitch

    Just what do you need to do to improve your pitch and how much will it cost? LAURENCE GALE MSc of pitchcare.com gets down to grassroots   Having spent the last 35 years playing and coaching rugby and maintaining sports pitches, I guess I have a strong affinity with the game. Over the years, I have seen plenty of examples of how clubs maintain their facilities, some good, some bad. The aim of this article is to make clubs aware of what resources it takes to maintain pitches properly. It still am...

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  • Law event warns or rugby issues

     Running Rugby helped to promote the second annual Lewis Silkin Rugby Law Workshop in May. Entitled “The business of rugby: tackling the law”, the event was held at Lewis Silkin’s Chancery Lane offices and encompassed a day of seminars and workshops for rugby clubs and governing bodies. The attendees included CEOs, Directors of Rugby, other senior club management as well as officers from governing bodies, who all commented on how useful the event was to them. There was a great deal of int...

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  • Making the Cut

    The way you cut the grass can have a dramatic affect on your pitch according to LAURENCE GALE MSc of pitchcare.com The provision of a well-prepared and manicured rugby pitch can make a significant contribution to the success of a club. Providing a uniform, consistent playing surface is a key factor in attracting players and encouraging players to perform.  It is with regret that I still see far too many poorly presented playing surfaces at clubs up and down the country. One of the main reasons...

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  • Working Week - Journalistic Licence

    Daily Mail rugby union correspondent PETER JACKSON on a typical week as a member of the press corps     Peter has been in journalism since 1961. He was born in Derry in Northern Ireland and his first job was on local weekly, the Derry Standard, as a general news reporter. He moved to the Belfast Telegraph and then onto to the South Wales Echo in Cardiff before becoming a rugby reporter in 1974 when he joined the Daily Mail.   Sunday I always think of Sunday as the beginning of my week. I foun...

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  • Rugby Re-united

    Saracens and England full back Dan Scarbrough on how a succession of injuries led him to set up a social networking site   It’s September 2004, Saracens versus Worcester in the second game of the year and I’ve just sub-luxed my shoulder (where it pops out and in) scoring my first try for Saracens. This is the umpteenth time over the last couple of years this has happened; things don’t feel right and haven’t for a long time. But as rugby players do, I patch myself up and get on with it....

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  • Capitalising from the Six Nations

    LEE BAILEY looks at how rugby union clubs can capitalise on the Six Nations to help swell their coffers   While your club and the club committee work very hard all year round at making rugby a success, this is definitely the time of year that rugby union makes its way in to the wider public consciousness because of the Six Nations and the fact that it takes up prime time viewing on BBC 1. It is the one real time in the calendar where rugby hits the back pages of national newspapers. It has such...

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