Rugby Union News Articles

ESPN names Aviva Premiership rugby host - 17 Aug 2010

ESPN has announced that Mark Durden-Smith, who has covered rugby union for more than six years, is to host the broadcaster’s Aviva Premiership Rugby coverage next season alongside Austin Healey. read more

Guinness rolls out £3m sport campaign - 13 Aug 2010

Beer brand Guinness is unveiling a £3m advertising push in a bid to encourage sports fans into pubs to watch rugby and football.

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Rugby Travel & Hospitality (RTH) Limited has been awarded the contract to exclusively create, implement and market the official corporate hospitality and travel programmes for the Rugby World Cup 2015 and 2019. read more

Saracens to stage two games at Wembley - 11 Aug 2010

Aviva Premiership rugby club Saracens has confirmed plans to stage two high-profile fixtures at Wembley this coming season.

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Thomas Cook agrees WRU partnership - 06 Aug 2010

Thomas Cook Sport has bolstered its sporting portfolio after agreeing a deal with he Welsh Rugby Union to become its official travel partner in a three-year deal.

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adidas gives miCoach global push - 04 Aug 2010

adidas has launched a new global marketing campaign in support of its miCoach mobile fitness application which offers specific training plans for a range of sports.  read more

Etihad Airways extends Harlequins deal - 30 Jul 2010

Etihad Airways has extended its sponsorship deal with Aviva Premiership rugby union team, Harlequins, until May 2011. read more

ITV retains Rugby World Cup rights - 29 Jul 2010

ITV has been awarded the UK broadcast rights for the Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand and 2015 in England. read more

Listed Events changes deferred to 2013 - 22 Jul 2010

Sports and Olympics Minister Hugh Robertson has announced that any changes to the listed events ruling governing sports that are reserved for free-to-air broadcast are to be deferred until 2013 after the digital switchover process. read more

Toshiba signs up as RWC 2011 sponsor - 20 Jul 2010

Electronics brand Toshiba has renewed its association with rugby's flagship competition after signing up as an official sponsor of the Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand. read more

large crowds expected for Premiership 7's - 16 Jul 2010

The new J.P. Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7s Series kicks off at the Twickenham Stoop today with an expected attendance of six to eight thousand... read more

Aviva new title sponsor of Premiership Rugby - 08 Jul 2010

Insurance company Aviva has agreed a £20m partnership with Premiership Rugby, replacing Guinness as its title sponsor. read more

6X ale signs Bath Rugby sponsorship - 08 Jul 2010

Bath Rugby Club has signed a new sponsorship deal with Wadworth of Devizes the brewers of 6X real ale. read more

IRB and IMG extend Rugby World Cup deal - 18 Jun 2010

The International Rugby Board has announced the renewal of its agreement with IMG to act as the exclusive commercial representative for Rugby World Cup 2015 in England and Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan. read more

RFU appoints Steele as chief executive - 10 Jun 2010

The Rugby Football Union has appointed UK Sport boss John Steele as its new chief executive. read more

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, 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

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