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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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  • Beating the Credit Crunch

    Karish Andrews and Steve O’Mahony, of the law firm Lewis Silkin LLP, look at ways at which clubs can weather the current financial storm     Even for those of us who head straight to the sports section of our morning newspaper, the phrase ‘credit crunch’ cannot have failed to register.  The doomsday headlines and depressing forecasts have become part of our day-to-day life. However, what does the credit crunch mean for rugby in this country?  This article looks behind the headlines and...

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  • Know your rights

    ADRIAN HOUSTOUN of Kingston Smith LLP looks at image rights and changes in pensions which clubs need to be aware of   The appointment of the new England football coach Fabio Capello in December and Avram Grant at Chelsea earlier in the season generated discussion concerning the question of tax and promotional services, which are usually called image rights. I saw one report suggesting that football coaches do not have an image. I don’t agree with that, everyone has an image, but some are wort...

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  • Penalties set to rise for illegal workers

    SAMAR SHAMS, of the law firm Lewis Silkin LLP, outlines the major changes to immigration processes which could have an impact on clubs with overseas workers   The government is introducing major changes to immigration processes. New criminal and civil penalties apply to illegal working and recent changes to the process of sponsoring migrant workers have enhanced employers’ vulnerability to the new penalties. If your club has an employment contract with someone who is not authorised for the wo...

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  • Ram's Budget ball

    Equipment supplier Ram Rugby have come up with a quality ball at a budget price.  The new Squad Rugby Ball is a canvas-lined ball constructed from vulcanized synthetic rubber compound.  It is very durable and comes with a ‘no-quibble’, one-year shape guarantee. RAM say the ball is ideal for practising handling skills, and is strongly recommended for use by juniors.  It’s available in sizes 3, 4 and 5, and retails at £8 but can be purchased direct from Ram at prices starting as low as ...

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  • The Boss - Karen Earl, Synergy & ESA

    When Karen Earl talks about sports sponsorship it’s worth listening. As chairman of Synergy Sponsorship Ltd (one of the UK’s leading agencies), and the European Sponsorship Association (ESA), which she co-founded, Earl is one of the most influential voices in the field. Running Rugby spoke to her about the challenges both rugby codes face in maintaining relationships with existing backers, attracting new ones, the issue of alcohol sponsorship and the outlook for the future.   Earl cut her t...

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  • How the Premiership Makes The Salary Cap Fit

    The Aviva Premiership prides itself on its competitiveness and a major instrument used to maintain that reputation is the Salary Cap. But how does it work, and how is it policed? Premiership Rugby introduced the regulation in 1999 as a response to the turbulent early seasons of professional rugby which saw many clubs sucked into a cycle of spending more than their means on players. It is a tool which had been used for many years in North America and Australia, and had been adopted by Super Leagu...

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  • `Cas` in Search of Cash to Fund Their Future

    Rugby league means a lot to the people of Castleford. Passion for the sport runs deep in the small West Yorkshire town just  to the south of Leeds and for generations this has been symbolised by the fervent support for the Tigers at their ground on Wheldon Road, currently known as the PROBIZ Coliseum.The club recovered from the devastating blow of relegation from Super League in 2006 to bounce back two years later and has successfully come through the first two licensing applications. This year...

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  • Vunipola Joins WMG As RugbyMatch Agency Launches

    England back rower Billy Vunipola has signed a representation deal with Wasserman Media Group (WMG), whilst a new rugby agency has also been launched this week. The 22-year-old Saracens forward has 11 caps for England and joins the likes of Steven Gerrard, Mesut Özil, Mark Cavendish and George Groves in the WMG portfolio, with the company now responsible for developing his commercial and PR opportunities. Director Adam Phillips said: "Billy is a stand out player that has an exciting future a...

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  • Championship Clubs Sign New Five-Year Deal With RFU

    The Greene King IPA Championship clubs have agreed a new five-year deal with the Rugby Football Union (RFU) that will see the amount of central funding they receive increase. The new agreement, which replaces the final year of the current deal and begins ahead of the 2015/16 season before running until 2019/20, requires clubs to allocate a percentage of funding to developing their facilities and is designed to further enhance the second tier of professional rugby. The RFU will now contribute tow...

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