Rugby Union News Articles

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

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, 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 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

Cipriani appoints The Sports PR Company - 17 Feb 2010

England and London Wasps fly-half Danny Cipriani has hired The Sports PR Company to look after his PR and media worldwide. read more

Powerade pushes World Cup sponsorship - 04 Feb 2010

Coca-Cola owned energy drink Powerade is launching an integrated on-pack promotion to push its sponsorship of the FIFA World Cup and the English, Welsh and Irish rugby teams ahead of the RBS 6 Nations this week. read more

188Bet to sponsor London Wasps - 04 Feb 2010

The online gaming and entertainment company 188BET has signed a deal to become the official betting partner of Guinness Premiership club London Wasps. read more

QBE sign england rugby insurance deal - 03 Feb 2010

QBE, the specialist business insurer, has signed an agreement to become the Official Insurance Partner of England Rugby. read more

Prime Minister launches charity game - 02 Feb 2010

Prime Minister Gordon Brown and former England rugby player Lawrence Dallaglio have teamed up to launch London Wasps’ St George’s Day game. read more

Carling sign Scottish rugby deal - 02 Feb 2010

Carling has signed a deal to become the official beer to the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU). read more

Guinness to push rugby in new ad campaign - 27 Jan 2010

Guinness, the Diageo-owned drinks brand, is launching a new advertising campaign that features rugby union stars Lewis Moody, Lee Byrne and Paul Sackey. read more

SACLA' sponsors RFU festivals - 26 Jan 2010

SACLA’, the Italian pesto company, has announced a partnership with the Rugby Football Union in which it will  sponsor every grassroots rugby festival across England in 2010. read more

Gatorade launches rugby promotion - 25 Jan 2010

Sports drink company Gatorade is using its rugby links to launch a new promotion campaign, Gatorade Gives Back, giving people the chance to win sports equipment, music downloads and sporting holidays. read more

Barclays set up youth schemes - 21 Jan 2010

Barclays Spaces for Sports has teamed up with Children’s charity Wooden Spoon, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and Enterprise Education Trust to launch a series of eight-week training schemes for ‘at risk’ youngsters. read more

ESPN launches new website - 20 Jan 2010

Sport broadcaster ESPN has launched, the company’s new website created to serve UK fans with the latest sport news. read more

G4S wins Scottish Rugby contract - 14 Jan 2010

Security firm G4S Events has agreed a five-year contract to provide Scottish Rugby with security and stewarding services at Murrayfield, Scotland’s National Rugby Stadium. read more

O2 backs England 3D match - 13 Jan 2010

England rugby team shirt sponsor O2 has organised for the Six Nations match at home to Wales to be Europe's first live 3D sports broadcast. read more

Saracens offer fans money-back deal - 08 Jan 2010

Guinness Premiership rugby club Saracens are offering a unique money-back guarantee to supporters buying half-season tickets for the remainder of the season. read more

Three in frame for Rugby Sevens 2013 - 18 Dec 2009

The International Rugby Board has confirmed that three Unions have formally... read more

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