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  • Visa rules KO

    ... Silkin LLP looks at the problem   In order to sponsor overseas players and coaches, clubs must now have a government issued ‘sponsorship licence’. Once licensed, a club may only sponsor players and coaches that meet requirements agreed between the UK Border Agency and the RFU/WRU/SRU. These criteria are supposed to be designed to ensure that only those players or coaches who will ‘make a significant contribution to the development of their sport, at the highest level in the UK’ will be...

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  • Tackling the Issue of Foreign Imports

    ... tackle the issue of immigration in rugby. This is the first of a series of articles provided by Clarke Willmott for Running Rugby.  Professional sport is an increasingly global industry and many foreign players are seizing the opportunity to play in the UK. Among other benefits, the players can often command significantly higher salaries than they receive in their home nation. The professional game in the UK has also benefitted hugely from the influx of foreign stars, with world cup heroes r...

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  • Rule Appointed at Vikings Despite Ban

    From This is Hull and East Riding: DISGRACED former Hull FC chief executive James Rule has been appointed to the same role at Widnes Vikings – despite currently serving a suspension imposed by UK Anti-Doping. Rule was handed a two-year ban last December, back-dated to June, for his part in a cover-up after former Great Britain centre Martin Gleeson tested positive for the stimulant methylhexanaemine. Rule was barred from any involvement with rugby league players, but the Rugby Football League...

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  • Puma Ends Ireland Sponsorship

    ... decision should not reflect badly on Irish rugby. “Puma has very much enjoyed its association with Irish rugby and this decision reflects a broader strategic shift in Puma’s international marketing and product focus,” said the general manager of Puma UKIB. “We wish Irish rugby every success in the future and thank the IRFU for their wholehearted support throughout our relationship.”...

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  • Eight-Year Doping Ban For Colclough

    ... all sport for eight years after being found guilty of using his company to distribute steroids. Dean Colclough, 34, stopped playing in 2007 after an injury but later ran a company in Swansea which produced and distributed muscle-building supplements. UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), which brought the charges, said the eight-year ban was the largest to be handed down in the UK for a first offence.   The charges were considered by the National Anti-Doping Panel, an independent tribunal responsible for de...

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  • Player Handed 15-Month Ban For Evading Drugs Test

    ... handed a 15-month suspension by the National Anti-Doping Panel for evading a random doping test. Sebastien Kolasa, who plays for the London Skolars in the Kingstone Press Championship 1, was found guilty of evading an out-of-competition test conducted by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) at the club’s training ground on August 21st 2013.  The 19-year-old was suspended for two years by a Tribunal on 12 February but this sanction was subsequently reduced to 15 months on appeal in recognition of the player...

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  • Calls For Scrums And Tackles To Be Removed From Schools Game

    A public health expert has claimed she would have prevented her two sons from playing rugby at school had she known at the time about the risk of serious injury. Allyson Pollock of Queen Mary University warns that schoolboy rugby players have a one-in-six chance of serious injury every season and has called for heavy impact aspects of the game such as scrums and tackling to be removed at school level. Speaking to the Sunday Times, Pollock, whose book Tackling Rugby: What Every Parent Should Kno...

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  • UKFast Return To Front Sharks' Shirts

    Sale Sharks have announced “the largest sponsorship deal in the history of the club”, with Manchester-based cloud and colocation firm UKFast. The “seven-figure deal” sees the firm return as shirt sponsor of the club after a five-year break. UKFast sponsored the club from 2000 to 2010. UKFast CEO Lawrence Jones said: "I am delighted to join The Sharks once again. I remember the first day I wedged my foot in the door of their portacabin at Heywood Road in 2000. They had a good laugh after...

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  • New Super League Franchises In Ukraine

    Ukraine Rugby League has announced a revamp of its top competition that will see five regional Super League franchises put in place allied to English clubs. Wakefield Express reported that Transcarpathia Trinity, linked to Wakefield; Lviv Tigers allied to Castleford; Wests Knights, partnered by York; Kyiv Rhinos who will work with Leeds; and Easts Giants, supported by Huddersfield, will be the participants of the 2018 Joma Super Rugby League. “This is a significant moment for Ukrainian Rugby L...

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