Welsh Rugby Union

  • Outgoing WRU Chief To Run Cardiff Airport

    Departing Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) chief executive Roger Lewis will become the new chairman of Cardiff Airport as soon as he has left Welsh Rugby. He is leaving his post as WRU group chief executive in October after the Rugby World Cup and will replace Lord Rowe-Beddoe. Lewis said he was "thrilled" to be offered the job, saying the airport was "crucial" to the economy of Wales. He will depart Welsh Rugby having been at the helm since 2006, following a 30-year career in the music and media industr...

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  • London Welsh Appeal Against RFU Decision

    London Welsh have confirmed that they will appeal against the Rugby Football Union (RFU) decision that they are not eligible for promotion to the Aviva Premiership. The Richmond-based club clinched the RFU Championship with a 66-41 aggregate victory over Cornish Pirates but a report from the governing body said that the Exiles had not met the minimum standards criteria for entry into the top division of English Rugby. The club had submitted plans to ground-share at Oxford United FC's Kassam St...

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  • WRU joins forces with Paddy Power

    The Welsh Rugby Union has signed an agreement for Paddy Power to become its official betting partner for the next two years. The deal means the Dublin-based bookmaker will have outlets throughout the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff as well as providing special offers to Wales fans in advance of internationals via the WRU website. Paddy Power has marked the start of the partnership by giving new customers a £20 bonus if they have a bet of at least £10 and WRU Head of Sales and Marketing Craig Max...

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  • London Welsh Appeal Successful

    London Welsh have won their appeal against the Rugby Football Union (RFU) ruling which had prevented them from being promoted. The RFU had initially ruled that the club had failed to meet the Minimum Standards Criteria (MSC) which are required to be eligible for promotion to the Aviva Premiership. The appeal panel ruled that the RFU’s MSC contravenes EU and UK competition law, meaning that the Exiles are promoted at the expense of Newcastle Falcons. In a statement, London Welsh said: “The cl...

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  • London Welsh Get Planning Permission For Witney Ground

    London Welsh have been granted planning permission to redevelop Witney Town's old football ground, according to BBC Sport. The club wants to set-up a new home at the 10,000-capacity Downs Road ground and move from their current base at Oxford's Kassam Stadium. West Oxfordshire District Council unanimously approved the application for two temporary stands to be built. Councillor Richard Langridge said: "Having London Welsh here would be absolutely fantastic for Witney." The stadium switch will re...

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  • RFU Conflicts Put Huge Strain On Welsh

    The conflicts that Premiership Rugby club London Welsh has had with the Rugby Football Union (RFU) have distracted from the day-to-day running of the club and strained the resources, the club CEO has told iSportconnect. London Welsh were told their stadium was not suitable for Premiership Rugby when they were promoted last year and they have recently been docked five points for fielding an illegible player. Interim CEO, Tony Copsey jokingly described their relationship with the RFU as ‘love,ha...

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  • Brains to Sponsor Premiership New Boys

    ... London Welsh and exposure to a key market that will enable us to further grow our brand.” Brains has been involved with Rugby sponsorship since 2004 when they sponsored the Welsh national team’s senior team jersey and is still associated with the Welsh Rugby Union today. Commercial manager at London Welsh, Mark Kemp added, “It is great to welcome Brains on board and to have them as our main shirt sponsor is a tremendous boost to the club as we take on the might of the Premiership.” ...

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  • High Court Rules in Favour of WRU

    Pontypool RFC have had their challenge against the Welsh Rugby Union’s (WRU) decision to reform the Principality Premiership Division for the 2012/13 season rejected in the High Court. The decision means that the club has definitely been relegated to the second tier of Welsh Rugby. Permission to appeal has also been refused as the Honourable Sir Raymond Jack, sitting as judge of the High Court, said in his 38 page judgement, “I conclude that Pontypool has failed to establish any breach of co...

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  • Cuddy's Warning Shots to WRU

    Wales Online have reported that, with the Welsh Rugby Union holding its annual general conference in Port Talbot on Sunday, Mike Cuddy, a non-exec director of Ospreys, has made a timely warning that regional Rugby is staring down the barrel. The former Ospreys chief, speaking in a personal capacity, has urged delegates from member clubs to grill the Union and push for a debate. ​In a strongly-worded statement, Cuddy: questions whether the WRU has a plan to help the regions; raises the spect...

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  • London Welsh to Use Kassam Stadium

    London Welsh RFC have announced that the Kassam Stadium, Oxford, will be the venue for the ‘Home’ leg of their Championship Final against Cornish Pirates on May 30. Pirates will host the first leg – venue to be confirmed - on May 23. Both games will be televised on Sky Sports and both will kick-off at 7.45pm. London Welsh are using the Kassam Stadium because it is one of the grounds where the club could potentially play next season if they are promoted to the Aviva Premiership. It is the h...

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