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  • 2023 Candidates Cry Foul To World Rugby

    World Rugby and the leading bidder named in the RWC2023 Evaluation Report, South Africa must have anticipated two weeks of lively debate between publication last week and the secret ballot of the World Rugby Congress to decide the successful candidate next week when the new bidding protocol was first revealed. Despite an agreed code of conduct amongst the potential hosts, executives behind France and Ireland campaigns have been publicly critical of World Rugby, the evaluation process and South A...

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  • USA & Canada To Host RLWC 2025

    Following the recommendation of the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) board to conditionally award the 2025 Rugby League World Cup to North America three weeks ago, the RLIF Congress have endorsed the board's recommendation at their AGM in Liverpool last week. RLIF chairman Nigel Wood commented: "The award of the 2025 World Cup to North America is a historic moment in the global development of Rugby League. The USA and Canada provides World class stadia allied to a significant multi-c...

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  • Ireland World Cup Bid Boosted By GAA

    Ireland could formally enter the race to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup after the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) voted to allow some of the country's biggest stadiums to be used.A total of 93 per cent of delegates at the GAA's annual Congress agreed to allow grounds in Dublin, Belfast, Thurles, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Castlebar used for Gaelic sports to be part of a proposed bid by the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU), said to be worth €250m (£212m) to the nation's economy.The list incl...

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  • US And England Face Play Off To Host 2021 RLWC

    England are set to for a play-off with the United States in a bid to host the 2021 Rugby League World Cup. Rugby League International Federation chief executive, David Collier has revealed that after receiving initial interest from four countries, the shortlist has been reduced to two, with the winner to be announced during the 2016 Four Nations Series in November. Collier declined to reveal the final two but Press Association understands the choice will be made between the Rugby Football League...

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  • Gary Hetherington - Chief Exec of Leeds Rugby

    DAVID LAWRENSON talks to Gary Hetherington, the chief executive of Leeds Rugby, about his colourful and varied career.   There aren’t many chief executives who have played the game professionally, launched a players’ union, created their own club from scratch and ended up running a ground-breaking dual code operation. But Gary Hetherington, CEO of Leeds Rugby, has done the lot. Not bad for a lad from a mining community who saw Rugby as a way of avoiding life down the pit. Gary has lived and...

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  • Rugby's World Challenge

    With the IRB standing to make a huge loss, have Rugby bosses dropped the ball by returning the Rugby World Cup to New Zealand? From a sporting perspective, New Zealand is the ideal host for the pinnacle of World Rugby union. The all-conquering All Blacks co-hosted and won the first ever Rugby World Cup (RWC) in 1987 and are the leading points scorers of all time. However, from a business standpoint, the IRB (International Rugby Board) stands to make a loss on all fronts. For the complete...

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  • Rugby World Cup Confirms IMG As Archive Partner

    IMG has been announced as official Worldwide archive partner of the Rugby World Cup for the next seven years until the end of 2020, which encompasses the World Cups in England in 2015 and in Japan in 2019. The deal means IMG will manage footage and programming from all World Cups and its customers will be able to watch every single game ever played in its history, dating back to 1987. Senior vice president of IMG Media, Richard Wise said: “We are proud to be confirmed as the IRB’s exclusi...

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  • RWC2015 Brings In Shaun The Sheep

    Rugby World Cup Limited and Elite Sports Properties (ESP), the company responsible for managing Rugby World Cup 2015 (RWC2015) licensing agreements, are planning to use the animated TV character ‘Shaun the Sheep’ to attract a younger audience to the tournament. The campaign will see Shaun the Sheep wearing an official RWC2015 kit and a range of stationary, apparel and giftware will be available.Sean Clarke, head of Aardman rights, said in a statement: “Shaun the Sheep is a family favouri...

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  • DHL Backs World Sevens Series

    DHL, the official logistics partner of Rugby World Cup 2015, has underscored its commitment to the global game by extending its partnership with the men's and women's HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series for another year. With sevens generating greater attention around the World ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the 2015/16 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series is set to showcase the sports across 10 major international destinations. DHL's support will also include logistics provision for some of the team...

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  • Puressentiel Partners World Rugby

    Beauty and aromatherapy brand Puressentiel has agreed a four-year deal to become an official partner of World Rugby. The company will be associated with tournaments like the Under 20 Championship, men's and women's HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and Women's Rugby World Cup and will promote Rugby in strategic markets, while gaining brand exposure to new audiences Worldwide. Puressentiel will also work with World Rugby to design and deliver a range of sporting lifestyle products for the internat...

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