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  • Stade Francais About To Go Wild?

    Paris Top 14 club, Stade Francais is about to be sold to the German Capri-Sun owner, Hans-Peter Wild. Current club president, Thomas Savare is reported to have opted for Wild's proposal over that of the former players Thomas Lombard, Christophe Dominici and Mathieu Blin (among others). Born in Germany but resident in Switzerland, Wild (75) has a resources estimated at almost 3 billion euros (£2.55bn). Nicknamed "the Doctor", he has been supporting rugby for several years in Germany, having firs...

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  • Swinton Lions Under Financial Pressure

    Swinton Lions director Steve Wild has told League Express that the club will know much more about its future by Thursday (today) after the full extent of their financial issues were revealed last week. Wild, fellow director Alan Marshall and coach John Duffy fronted supporters at a public meeting in the wake of previous disclosures and the departure of former chairman John Roddy. It was established that the Lions need around £50,000 by the end of this month to pay off a historical tax debt and...

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  • New Logo For Swinton Lions

    Swinton Lions have revealed a new club logo. Operations director, Steve Wild explained the reasoning behind the new logo:“The club is entering a fresh era, one of sustainability, professionalism and (we hope!) excitement of the right kind. The Board therefore felt it appropriate that this 'new beginning' should be reflected through something visual, and in that respect the club badge was the obvious place to start.” The new logo has been designed in consultation with Lions’ fans, whose fee...

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  • New CEO Wild To Drive Swinton Ambitions

    Kingstone Press League 1 club Swinton Lions RLFC have revealed that existing director Steve Wild has been appointed as the club’s new chief executive. The appointment is the latest step in the club’s ongoing development of its management structure to fit with its long-term ambitions and chairman John Roddy is pleased that Wild is taking the reins. “I am really delighted that Steve has accepted the role of chief executive. Steve is very well known in the community amongst supporters, b...

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  • Player Welfare Failings Highlighted In Championship

    Player welfare failings for full-time players in English rugby union’s second tier, the Greene King IPA Championship, have been exposed with the clubs, the RFU and the players’ union the RPA all coming under fire. Poor treatment of second tier pros has been alleged by Yorkshire Carnegie prop Ben Hooper in a Guardian article this week (Tuesday May 17th). Hooper claims that the Championship has become the “Wild west of professional rugby” with players taking the same risks as Premiership...

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  • Smith Brings Commercial Skills To Swinton Board

    Championship rugby league club, Swinton Lions have announced a significant boardroom appointment, as the club continues its off-field transformation over the past three months. The Lions have welcomed Sale-based businessman, Peter Smith to the club as commercial director. Smith is also the managing director of Principal Energy Solutions, the UK’s leading organisation in the field of energy procurement advice to medium and large companies. Swinton can also celebrate clearing a £75,000 debt to...

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  • RLWC 2013 to Move into MediaCityUK

    The Rugby Football League (RFL) have decided to base it’s Rugby League World Cup 2013 operations at MediaCity UK (pictured), Salford. RFL chief executive and Rugby League World Cup 2013 tournament director Nigel Wood said he was delighted to have agreed the move to the prestigious £650m Peel Group development at Salford Quays. “MediaCityUK will provide a stimulating environment for our staff to deliver a Rugby League World Cup that will be one of the crowning jewels of the UK’s Golden Dec...

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  • Toulon and Bulls Set To Sign Up For Brisbane 10s

    Reports from the southern hemisphere suggest that Super Rugby's global 10s tournament in Brisbane will be officially launched next month, with sign-off on the last remaining contracts imminent. The two-day, 10-a-side tournament billed as the Brisbane Global 10s will be staged at Suncorp Stadium on February 11th and 12th, 2017 after New Zealand-based, Duco Events secured multimillion-dollar Brisbane council and Queensland government funding for the next four years. The event will feature up to 50...

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  • Trio Of New Investors Boost Featherstone's Finances

    UPDATE: Shortly after the publishing of this article, Feisal Nahaboo and chief executive Craig Poskett departed the club. Click here to read more... Reaction to the news of fresh investment at Featherstone Rovers and their very public statements of intent has varied from Wild optimism to deep scepticism but dig a little deeper and the reality lies somewhere in between. Having finished top of the pile in the Championship for four consecutive seasons without the carrot of promotion dangling in fro...

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  • Visa rules KO

    Unprecedented changes in the visa rules have left several clubs unable to recruit much needed overseas talent. NICOLA APPLETON of Lewis 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 play...

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