Rugby Union News Articles

RWC 2011 confirms host venues - 18 Dec 2009

The organisers of the Rugby World Cup 2011 have allocated the hosting rights to 23 centres across New Zealand with the England team to train at venues in Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin ahead of their group matches. read more

SRU reveals autumn line-up - 16 Dec 2009

The Scottish Rugby Union has released its calendar of international matches for next year with Scotland facing New Zealand, South Africa and Samoa in next year's Autumn internationals at Murrayfield. read more

ESPN strikes £25m Guinness Premiership deal - 15 Dec 2009

ESPN has agreed a three-year TV rights deal, worth a reported £25m, with Premier Rugby to show live Guinness Premiership matches from next season. read more

brandRapport wins LV=Cup brief - 10 Dec 2009

Insurance, investment and pensions group LV= has appointed associative marketing and sponsorship consultancy brandRapport to manage the activation of the company’s sponsorship of rugby union’s LV= Cup. read more

Wasps face Premier Rugby probe - 07 Dec 2009

Premier Rugby has confirmed it will meet to investigate Wasps' refusal to play their league match at Sale last week because of safety fears. read more

Ticket prices set for RWC 2011 - 04 Dec 2009

The ticket prices for the Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand have been set with tournament organisers hoping to lure as many local rugby supporters as possible in the process as a result of the cost effective pricing structures. read more

IRB: No rule changes for RWC 2011 - 02 Dec 2009

World governing body the International Rugby Board has stated that it will not consider any law changes ahead of the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, despite ongoing concerns over the level of injuries in the sport and the quality of the entertainment on offer. read more

Sevens gets first National Series - 02 Dec 2009

Ultimate Rugby Sevens (UR7s), the independent global promoter for the sport, has launched the first ever UK National Sevens Series, starting in 2010 and approved by the Rugby Football Union (RFU). read more

Rugby unhappy with WADA rule - 26 Nov 2009

A row has erupted over rugby’s adoption of the World Anti Doping Agency's (WADA's) whereabouts rule after it emerged that players could be banned for missing drug tests. read more

IRB to review rules to end injuries - 24 Nov 2009

The International Rugby Board is to discuss changing the laws of the game at its council meeting next week in response to the increasing number of injuries being sustained at the top-level. read more

Baron to step down as RFU chief - 23 Nov 2009

Rugby Football Union chief executive Francis Baron is to stand down from his post in July 2010. read more

MasterCard signs Barbarians deal - 13 Nov 2009

Credit card brand MasterCard has signed to a deal to become the new match sponsor of the Barbarians for all internationals in the 2009/10 season. read more

RFU unveils Telegraph partnership - 09 Nov 2009

Telegraph Media Group (TMG) has signed a four-year deal with the Rugby Football Union (RFU), which will give The Daily Telegraph the title of the 'Official Newspaper of England Rugby'. read more

Revamped Listed Events rules set to be unveiled - 09 Nov 2009

According to media reports, the independent panel currently reviewing the Listed Events ruling, which governs which sporting events must be broadcast on a free-to-air channel, is set to recommend that the list be shortened but should include the Ashes, Wimbledon and international football qualifying matches. read more

Nintendo strikes RFU deal - 04 Nov 2009

Interactive entertainment brand Nintendo UK has announced a one-year partnership with the Rugby Football Union (RFU) involving a raft of experiential marketing activity in and around Twickenham Stadium. read more

Eight in frame for 2013 Sevens WC - 04 Nov 2009

The International Rugby Board has confirmed that eight countries have expressed a formal interest to host Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013. read more

Under Armour and IMG unveil tie-up - 03 Nov 2009

Sportswear brand Under Armour and global marketing agency IMG Worldwide have announced an exclusive partnership highlighted by the development of a new athletic training platform designed to establish a global measurement standard for improved sports performance, health and fitness called ‘Combine360’. read more

Wasps signs three-year Twickenham deal - 02 Nov 2009

Becoming the latest of a string of top-flight rugby union teams to stage their home matches at larger venues in a bid to increase revenues and fanbases, Guinness Premiership club London Wasps has signed a three-year deal to host a game at Twickenham in celebration of St George's Day. read more

RFU sees rise in profits - 30 Oct 2009

The Rugby Football Union has seen a rise in profits, which was helped by an increase in Test matches at Twickenham. read more

LV= to title sponsor Anglo-Welsh cup - 30 Oct 2009

Insurance, investments and pensions group LV= is the new title sponsor of the LV= Cup, rugby’s Anglo-Welsh tournament managed by the Rugby Football Union and Welsh Rugby Union. read more

RFU moves to license rugby agents - 29 Oct 2009

The Rugby Football Union has moved to implement a quality control on the player agents active in England by introducing a new legislation that all agents must be officially licensed by the governing body from 1st November. read more

Braben picks up UR7s account - 29 Oct 2009

Specialist sports PR agency Braben has picked up another client after winning a retained contract to provide strategic corporate and consumer PR services to the Ultimate Rugby Sevens (UR7s). read more

Sport bodies rally behind Sky against Ofcom move - 29 Oct 2009

A number of leading sport governing bodies, including the RFU, the ECB and the Premier League, have come out in support of BSkyB over the move by media regulator Ofcom to force the pay-TV broadcaster to wholesale its sports channels to its competitors at a lower cost. read more

RWC 2011 names travel operators - 27 Oct 2009

Rugby World Cup Ltd (RWCL) and Rugby Travel and Hospitality Ltd (RTH) have announced the appointed Official Travel Agents (OTAs) for the 2011 tournament to be held in New Zealand. read more

QBE signs Guinness Premiership deal - 21 Oct 2009

QBE, the specialist business insurer, has signed an agreement to become the official insurance partner of rugby union’s domestic top-flight, the Guinness Premiership. read more

PokerStars signs RFU tie-up - 20 Oct 2009

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has signed up online gambling brand PokerStars as its official gaming partner for the England team for the next two years. read more

PRA unveils new branding - 13 Oct 2009

The Professional Rugby Players’ Association (PRA) is now expanding read more

Golf and rugby sevens face Olympic 2016 vote - 09 Oct 2009

Golf and rugby sevens are facing an International Olympic Committee vote to confirm whether they will become Olympic sports and be included in the programme for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. read more

RFU draws line under cheating row - 01 Oct 2009

A Rugby Football Union task group set up in response to recent scandals has found no evidence of widespread cheating in the English game. read more

Saracens to take on SA at Wembley - 30 Sep 2009

Guinness Premiership club Saracens will play South Africa at Wembley as part of the Tri-Nations and world champions' Northern hemisphere tour this autumn. read more

RFU unveils core values campaign - 24 Sep 2009

The Rugby Football Union has launched a national campaign called 'This is Rugby' to promote and protect the core values of the sport. read more

Amlin to sponsor Challenge Cup - 23 Sep 2009

The organisers of the European Rugby Cup have at last found a new title sponsor for its second-tier Challenge Cup tournament in the form of specialist insurance firm Amlin. read more

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