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  • Connacht take it up a gear with Mazda

     Connacht has ended their 14 year relationship with Bank of Ireland by reportedly signing a new 3-year sponsorship deal with Japanese car manufacturer, Mazda. As Connacht look ahead to their first season in the Heineken Cup, a need to perhaps compete financially with their opponents has driven them to seek out a better financial deal. Therefore they have reportedly turned down €100,000 a year from Bank of Ireland, a deal which they have benefited from since shortly after the game turned profe...

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  • Ticket sales for World Cup on the rise

    Over the past ten weeks, organisers for the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand have seen a huge surge in ticket sales allowing them add an extra 10,000 expected overseas visitors to their original target of 85,000. The organisers believe that 30,000 will be coming from Australia, 25,000 from UK and Ireland and 10,000 from France. Ticket sales from the last ten weeks have reached £33 million. This has pushed their overall revenues up to £117.5m, which is 87% of their original overall target of...

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  • Wasps appoint Eastwood as CEO

    London Wasps have appointed former RFU finance director Nick Eastwood as their new chief executive officer in the wake of the recent takeover of the club. Eastwood, who was finance director at the RFU for more than a decade and has also worked for The Body Shop and accounting firm Arthur Andersen, will take up the reins on a permanent basis later this week from interim CEO David Thorne. The ICAEW-qualified accountant helped the RFU to increase its net worth from £35m to £180m and improve from...

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  • Accounts,Funding and Financial Services

    Rugby Finance, Accounts and Funding.This section focuses on the finances that drive rugby business. The governing bodies and top tier clubs in league and union in UK and Ireland generate collectively over £600 million in turnover each year.We report and archive financial performance in rugby in more detail than any other media channel. We analyse and compare current rugby finance and related news against past reports, interview leading figures from rugby bodies and experts in tax, financ...

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  • Wasps Do Away With 'London' Prefix

    Aviva Premiership side Wasps have dropped the 'London' prefix from their official name and from next season they will once again be known as just Wasps. The decision is likely to have been made in order to establish a clearer brand and to capitalise on marketing opportunities, though the revertion to the club's traditional name will likely please supporters. The club became known as 'London Wasps' in 1999 after the game turned professional in an attempt to distinguish the senior team from the am...

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  • Kohn's Sizzling Career Move

    Professional rugby is a short career, if you’re lucky it tends to be no more than 10 years at the highest level . So what to do when the body or mind says enough? Harlequins lock Ollie Kohn, who turned 30 in May, appears to be on course for a flourishing business career after he has hung his boots thanks to his own initiative and the help of his club.Kohn and his brother Josh have within three years developed the Jolly Hog and Sausage specialist meat catering company from a whim into a serious...

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  • Retail – Club, High St, Online

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  • Marketing and Sponsorship

    This section covers news, views, features and interviews of the marketing of rugby by rights holders (the players, clubs, competitions and governing bodies) and the marketing activity of the brands, products and services exploiting rugby as a sponsorship vehicle as well as those third-party agencies who mediate and supply this area of activity. Customer FocusTickets for rugby games are now sold in an ever-more sophisticated way. By using CRM systems and analysing customer data, rugby rights hold...

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  • Money to be Made from Oval Ball Memories

    Rugby has been a little slow compared to football and cricket in gathering a collection of collectables for sale but with every passing year the market for souvenirs of great days of yore increases. That crumpled Six Nations programme under the bed, a dog-eared book gathering dust on a shelf or even a 2003 World Cup key-ring all these, and much more, could be a source of income if marketed shrewdly. Increased visibility thanks to the growth of the World Cup and Heineken Cup alongside the eternal...

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  • People and Jobs

    We’ve estimated that there are 8,000 full-time jobs in rugby in the UK and Ireland. Many thousands more are employed on a part-time basis. In this section we aim to monitor the major personnel moves and changes within the industry as well as provide an insight into the working lives of prominent individuals within the game of rugby. The career moves of players and coaches are well documented elsewhere. However, we look behind the scenes at the make-up of committees and boards, the managers and...

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