Rugby Union News Articles

IRB maintains £48m investment - 04 Jun 2010

The International Rugby Board has unveiled its financial results for 2009 maintaining a £48m investment into the development of the game worldwide in accordance with its Global Strategic Investment Programme. read more

Rush for first RWC 2011 tickets - 03 Jun 2010

Following the first phase of ticket sales, fans have applied for more than 600,000 tickets for next year's Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, according to the tournament organisers. read more

UK media set for Rugby WC bidding war - 21 May 2010

UK broadcasters are set to open a bidding war after Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) has announced its intention to open an invitation to tender process for the broadcast rights of the Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand and the Rugby World Cup 2015 in England. read more

IRB unveils new 10-year tour schedule - 19 May 2010

The International Rugby Board has unveiled a new 10-year playing calendar that brings back traditional end of season tours from 2012. read more

Virgin Atlantic signs Saracens deal - 12 May 2010

Virgin Atlantic has signed up as a sponsor of Guinness Premiership club Saracens with the airline’s logo to appear on the team shirt from the start of next season. read more

RFU to block Premiership expansion - 29 Apr 2010

The Rugby Football Union has stated that it would block any plans to expand the Guinness Premiership from 12 to 14 clubs. read more

NZ predicting large RWC 2011 loss - 28 Apr 2010

Despite strong interest in next year’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand with more than 50,000 people registering for the first phase of ticket sales, tournament CEO Martin Snedden has predicted a loss of over £18.2m. read more

Premier Rugby denies plans to scrap relegation - 27 Apr 2010

Premier Rugby has denied media speculation that it is set to scrap the existing relegation system from the Guinness Premiership in order to protect the financial position of the 12 top-flight rugby clubs. read more

50,000 register for RWC tickets - 26 Apr 2010

More than 50,000 people have pre-registered ahead of the launch this week of the first phase of ticket sales for next year's Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. read more

RWC 2011 unveils fan ticket guide - 22 Apr 2010

The organisers of the Rugby World Cup 2011 have launched a worldwide marketing programme to help inform and protect fans from being let down if they purchase tickets, hospitality or merchandise from unofficial sources. read more

Elle backs St George's Day game - 20 Apr 2010

The organisers of the Help for Heroes St George’s Day Guinness Premiership game between Wasps and Bath at Twickenham this weekend have enlisted the help of supermodel Elle Macpherson to boost ticket sales. read more

Six Nations to open with Friday night fixture - 15 Apr 2010

The Six Nations will kick off on a Friday night for the first time in its history after the tournament organisers released the 2011 fixture calendar with Wales and England to play the opening match at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on 4th February. read more

New owner takes reins at Bath - 15 Apr 2010

Bath Rugby has been bought by a new multi-millionaire businessman, who has announced ambitious plans for the Guinness Premiership club. read more

Sale Sharks signs up new sponsor - 14 Apr 2010

Guinness Premiership club Sale Sharks has signed a six-figure sponsorship deal with Macclesfield window frames manufacturer, Spectus Window Systems. read more

RFU reveals new drugs policy - 13 Apr 2010

The Rugby Football Union has revealed its new recreational drugs policy which sees players who test positive out-of-competition escape public disclosure. read more

RFU's Vaughan 'very disappointed' at Ofcom ruling - 12 Apr 2010

In an exclusive interview with Sportindustry.biz, Paul Vaughan, RFU business operations director, has admitted that the governing body is ‘very disappointed’ that it wasn’t consulted as early as the Premier League by media regulator Ofcom in its recent ruling regarding the pricing structure implemented by pay-TV broadcaster Sky. read more

Greene King IPA extends Harlequins deal - 09 Apr 2010

Greene King IPA has extended its long-term association with Harlequins Rugby Club by signing a sponsorship extension for a further five seasons.  read more

SANZAR considers world club play-off - 07 Apr 2010

A proposal to stage the long-awaited ‘battle of the hemispheres’, the Super 14 champions against the Heineken Cup winners, is set to be considered by SANZAR. read more

Irish threaten to leave headquarters - 06 Apr 2010

Guinness Premiership team London Irish is threatening to leave Sunbury, its headquarters for more than 70 years, if the clubs fails to get planning permission to build a £14m sporting centre. read more

RBS Six Nations draws in £420m - 29 Mar 2010

The RBS Six Nations Championship delivered a £420.94m total economic impact for the six competing nations according to a survey by MasterCard. read more

Admiral signs Welsh rugby deal - 24 Mar 2010

Financial services firm Admiral is to become the principle partner of the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) from the start of the 2010/11 rugby season. read more

Rugby drugs tests hit record number - 23 Mar 2010

The International Rugby Board has revealed that the number of drugs tests conducted by the sport’s governing body reached record levels in 2009. read more

Mastercard unveils Barbarians marketing push - 19 Mar 2010

MasterCard has unveiled a marketing campaign to promote its sponsorship of the Barbarians’ 2010 international rugby union matches through the launch of a national competition fronted by ex-England international Will Greenwood. read more

University agrees Sale Sharks tie-up - 10 Mar 2010

The University of Salford has signed a two year partnership agreement with Guinness Premiership rugby union team Sale Sharks – providing the team with access to Salford’s state-of-the-art fitness labs. read more

Argentina to join Tri-Nations - 10 Mar 2010

Argentina will join the Tri Nations in 2012 after the International Rugby Board confirmed that it will provide a funding package of around £1.3m for the project. read more

Barclays spaces for sports wins award - 10 Mar 2010

Barclays Spaces for Sports and FIFA Football for Hope were both recognised last night with awards at the Global Sports Forum in Barcelona. read more

Italians set to join Magners League - 09 Mar 2010

The Magners League is set to be expanded from 10 to 12 teams from the start of next season as two Italian clubs have agreed to join the competition. read more

Scots' Magners spots under threat - 05 Mar 2010

Scottish teams Edinburgh and Glasgow could be kicked out of the Magners League by their Welsh and Irish counterparts. read more

Fairplay rugby initiative drives on - 04 Mar 2010

Young people excluded from mainstream education are making the most of FairPlay, the rugby-based initiative supported by Barclays Spaces for Sports. read more

ESPN broadband service renamed - 01 Mar 2010

ESPN has rebranded its broadband service in Europe and the Middle East, formerly known as ESPN360.com, as the ESPN Player with immediate effect. read more

Nintendo to sponsor Bournemouth Sevens - 24 Feb 2010

Diamond Sports Events has signed a deal with Nintendo Wii Fit Plus to become title sponsor of the Bournemouth Sevens.com Festival 2010. read more

Ravensbeck partners with Rugby sevens - 23 Feb 2010

Global media management firm Ravensbeck has signed an investment deal with Ultimate Rugby Sevens. read more

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