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  • Crowd Control Numbers Crunched

    Purple-clad Olympic volunteers have taken on the prominence of gold medal winners over the last two weeks. Rugby club adminstrators would be forgiven for making an association with the role of a match-day steWard, but before anyone assumes they can cover security and safety requirements for the price of some free kit and a sandwich there are some serious considerations to be made. SteWards who work at professional club stadiums must be trained to a NVQ level 2 in spectator safety as a mini...

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  • Breedon Stand Unveiled At Welford Rd

    Leicester Tigers and construction giants Breedon Group unveiled The Breedon Stand at Welford Road stadium last weekend celebrating the organisations new three-year commercial deal. The UK’s largest independent construction materials group, whose head offices are based in north Leicestershire, have been an official partner for the past two seasons. The new deal sees the stadium’s South Stand – which was first built in the 1920’s – branded by the Breedon Group alongside kit sponsorship,...

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  • Roberts Appointed RFL Head Of Salary Cap

    The Rugby Football League has appointed Nigel Roberts to oversee the operation and policing of the salary cap in rugby league. Roberts, who is from Eccles, has significant expertise in white collar fraud, commercial fraud, money laundering and regulatory cases and will begin the new role of head of salary cap and registrations at the RFL in November. He arrives at the governing body from the Manchester-based criminal defence solicitors Stephen Lickrish and Associates and RFL chief operating of...

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  • New Funding Needed For Raeburn Place Project

    The charity behind plans to redevelop Scotland's oldest rugby ground has launched a new fundraising drive after falling short of the amount required to start the project. The Raeburn Place Foundation (RPF) had hoped to start building new facilities at the home of The Edinburgh Academicals this summer but it is still £4m short of the £7.7m needed to begin the redevelopment, according to BBC Scotland.  A new start date has been set for next May and RPF has appointed consultancy Bruce Tait Ass...

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  • New License Partners for England Rugby

    Various news sources (including Sportcal and isportconnect) have reported that the Rugby Football Union licensing agent CPLG Sport has announced three new merchandising deals for the England Rugby brand. The licensing agent for the Rugby Football Union (RFU) said it is "dealing with more interest than ever before" around the brand, with the 2015 Rugby World Cup taking place in England. Brecrest joins the RFU’s licensing programme and will produce England Rugby branded babywear, BL Sports is on...

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  • Western Province Commercial Arm Fails

    In a clear indication of the difficult economic climate for rugby union in South Africa, Western Province Rugby (Pty) Limited, the commercial arm of the South African province’s governing body, was placed into final liquidation by the Western Cape High Court earlier this week. The allegations levelled against Western Province by Aerios (Pty) Limited, a commercial partner to the company likely to suffer considerable loss, were found to have no merit and its opposition to the liquidation was...

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  • Rotherham Titans Put Up For Sale

    The joint owners of Greene King IPA Championship side Rotherham Titans have put the club up for sale as they are unable to sustain their current level of investment. Nick Cragg and Martin Jenkinson have revealed that fresh investment is needed if the Titans are continue to compete at the top end of the second tier of English rugby and have invited interested parties to contact Nicholas Associates Limited to express an interest. Rotherham finished fourth in the Championship table this season and...

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  • How Irish Player Agents Are Regulated

    The Irish Times last week looked at rugby player agency in Ireland and how it is now regulated by the players' union IRUPA: Since rugby became professional agents have been around, growing at first but now at a steady 12 in Ireland. Initially the parents of players helped their sons to negotiate the contracts and commercial opportunities that began to open up. But latterly the move has been toWards those who do it full-time. There once was Frank Cullen, Dave Kearney and Frank O’Driscoll steppi...

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  • Chelsea Explore Possible Twickenham Move

    Chelsea Football Club have made an initial approach to the Rugby Football Union (RFU) about playing at Twickenham Stadium for one season whilst their Stamford Bridge ground is being redeveloped. The RFU confirmed it has been in contact with the Barclays Premier League club but said talks are at a very early stage. Twickenham is the home of English rugby union and the 82,000-capacity stadium has never before hosted a football match. Any possible move could not take place before the 2016-17 sea...

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  • New York Franchise To Follow Wolfpack Path

    A pro rugby league team based in New York is set to follow the Toronto Wolfpack into the RFL league structure with the aim of reaching Super League status. The Daily Mail’s Sportsmail reported thay a consortium was asked to submit a business plan to the RFL last month and the unveiling of the side is set to take place in October, ahead of the Rugby League World Cup in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. The new club, as yet unnamed, is set to be managed by former Bradford and St Helen...

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