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  • Connacht's Saul Swings To Golf

    Alex Saul, formerly head of commercial and marketing at Connacht Rugby has been appointed Group head of sales and marketing for Dublin-based Carr Golf Group. Carr Golf Group works with a range of golf clubs across Ireland, delivering management and advisory solutions, while also maintaining a lead role in creating bespoke, luxury golf travel solutions and events in Ireland and Scotland. Saul will be responsible for the development and implementation of marketing and growth strategies across the...

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  • Perform Set To Acquire Opta In £40m Deal

    Perform Group is on the verge of purchasing the Sports data company Opta for somewhere in the region of £40 million. The digital Sports media firm, which is responsible for Premiership Rugby TV and produces the top flight’s highlights show for ITV among other ventures, is preparing to take over Opta subject to “successful fundraising”. The Group has confirmed that it is looking to make the acquisition in an attempt to create a “leading player in the provision of Sports data to the media...

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  • Celerity Group Acquires JPA Worldwide

    Celerity Group , a multidisciplinary consultancy that was set up last April to provide services to Sports and media organisations, has announced its acquisition of JPA Worldwide, the rugby-specialist Sports agency. JPA Worldwide, which was formed by Justin Paige following a management buy-out from World in Motion in December 2010, the company manages the likes of Dean Richards, Matt Stevens and Tom Croft (pictured), who will now be on the Celerity roster. Allan Reeves, chief executive at Celerit...

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  • Proctor Named RFU Independent Non-Exec Director

    President of GroupM and global media and advertising industry expert, Dominic Proctor, has become the Rugby Football Union’s third independent non-executive director (INED). Proctor’s appointment for a three-year term sees the RFU Board reflecting a broad spectrum of business and finance skills. He joins existing INEDs Marks & Spencer Group plc CFO Helen Weir and John Lewis plc's former Group finance director Andy Cosslett. Cosslett was also formerly Fitness First CEO, non-execut...

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  • RFU Link Up with BMW

    The Rugby Football Union (RFU) today announced a new four-year partnership with BMW Group UK as the official vehicle partner from September 2012. BMW Group UK will invest in various levels of the elite game through an integrated partnership to become the official vehicle partner of England Rugby, title sponsors of England’s elite age grade development programme and front of shirt sponsors of the England Under-16, Under-18 and Under-20 squads. Sophie Goldschmidt, RFU chief commercial officer, s...

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  • New Alcohol Sponsorship Code from the Portman Group

    The new Portman Group Alcohol Sponsorship Code came into force on 31 January 2014. The UK-wide code brings together drinks producers, leading Sports, music and venue organisations to promote responsible drinking through sponsorships. The code formalises much of the activity which was already central to the alcohol industries’ sponsorship agreements. Furthermore, it establishes a new ‘positive commitment’ for alcohol producers to promote responsible drinking as a part of the deals they sign...

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  • NBC Signs Three-Year Deal With Premiership Rugby

    Premiership Rugby has signed a three-year agreement with NBC Sports Group for the coverage of England’s top flight ahead of its first overseas game on Saturday. London Irish’s match against Saracens at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey this weekend will be broadcast live on NBCSN to kick off the deal and further coverage will begin in earnest at the start of the 2016-17 season in September. There will be up to 24 regular Game of the Week programmes for each round of the Aviva Premiership on N...

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  • James Grant Group Acquires Waterton Limited

    James Grant Group (JGG), the UK-based TV, music, sport, literary and social talent management company, has acquired leading rugby Union agency Waterton Limited, which is owned and managed by Derwyn Jones. The acquisition will see some of the biggest players in world rugby, including the likes of Sam Warburton and James O'Connor, join the James Grant stable of clients. JGG is based in Chiswick and the acquisition of Waterton Limited will enhance the their geographical reach. Derwyn Jones will joi...

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  • Martyn Phillips Named New WRU Chief

    The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) has unveiled Martyn Phillips, a former head of B&Q, as its new Group chief executive. Phillips, 46, was previously CEO of the £4bn home improvement giant which employs some 33,000 people across its UK stores and which is part of Kingfisher, one of Britain's FTSE 100-listed companies. During his time as CEO and retail director B&Q's annual profit almost trebled to £238m. The ex-Wales schoolboy rugby international, who is currently a director of the Leadin...

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  • Rebels To Be Sold By ARU

    The Sydney Morning Herald has reported that the Melbourne Rebels could have new owners by the end of the financial year after the Australian Rugby Union and Victoria Rugby Union announced last week that they had signed a deal to sell the club. A Melbourne investment company called Imperium Group (ICG) has signed an exclusive heads of agreement to buy all the shares in the Rebels' controlling company, Melbourne Rebels Rugby Union Limited. Headed by managing director and owner Andrew Cox, the Impe...

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