Rugby Union News Articles

Argentina invited to join Tri-Nations - 14 Sep 2009

Rugby’s Tri-Nations tournament is set to be expanded after Argentina were invited to join South Africa, New Zealand and Australia in an expanded southern hemisphere championship from 2012. read more

Gloucester braced for financial loss - 11 Sep 2009

Gloucester Rugby is set to show a financial loss for last season, managing director Ken Nottage has revealed. read more

Welsh rugby finally ends row - 09 Sep 2009

The lengthy controversy within Welsh rugby has finally been smoothed over with the Welsh Rugby Union announcing a five-year deal with the four regions that aims to solve both the player-release issue and funding problems. read more

Quins free from added ERC action - 09 Sep 2009

In the latest rulings regarding Harlequins' ‘Bloodgate’ scandal, European Rugby Cup has decided not to take any further action against the team. read more

Puma renews Bath Rugby deal - 07 Sep 2009

Sportswear brand Puma has signed a three season kit sponsorship deal extension with Bath Rugby starting from 2010/2011 season. read more

Deloitte reveals Premiership losses - 04 Sep 2009

A new study from the Sports Business Group at Deloitte has revealed that the 12 clubs in the Guinness Premiership registered a combined loss of over £10m for the 2007-08 season. read more

Harlequins retain Heineken Cup place - 03 Sep 2009

The European Rugby Cup has decided against throwing Harlequins out of this season’s Heineken Cup following the high-profile fake blood substitution scandal although it may still press forward with alternative action. read more

Regions u-turn on WRU finances - 03 Sep 2009

Wales' rugby regions have retracted a statement questioning the validity of financial figures contained in the Welsh Rugby Union's annual report. read more

WRU registers £1m profit boost - 02 Sep 2009

The Welsh Rugby Union has been given a financial boost after announcing a profit of £1m after tax for the financial year ending 2009. read more

Scotland sticks with Canterbury - 01 Sep 2009

The Scotland rugby union team will continue to be kitted out by Canterbury Europe, despite the sportswear firm having gone into administration last month, after striking a renewal contact. read more

RFU names Task Group panel - 28 Aug 2009

The Rugby Football Union has named the personnel and structure for the new Task Group set up to review the image of the sport after recent scandals. read more

Testimony implicates Harlequins management - 26 Aug 2009

The management team of Harlequins, the rugby union club at the centre of the storm over the use of fake blood to enforce a substitution, are facing calls to resign after winger Tom Williams’ testimony claimed that he was put under immense pressure not to give ‘full disclosure’ about the incident. read more

RFU orders game-wide review over blood scandal - 25 Aug 2009

The Rugby Football Union has ordered a ‘game-wide taskforce’ to review the practice of blood substitutions following the scandal surrounding the use of fake blood by a Harlequins player during a Heineken Cup clash last season. read more

Premier Rugby to review injury rules - 24 Aug 2009

Premier Rugby chief executive Mark McCafferty has revealed new injury checks are set to be brought in for the new Guinness Premiership season in response to the Harlequins 'bloodgate' scandal. read more

London Wasps sign EMC as shirt sponsor - 20 Aug 2009

Technology company EMC has signed as Wasps new Club Sponsor, marking the most lucrative commercial partnership in the team’s' history with a £1 million, two-year deal and replacing Magner's as the shirt sponsor. read more

Quins former boss banned worldwide - 19 Aug 2009

Harlequins boss Dean Richards has been banned to all competitions around the world by the International Rugby Board after what has become a notorious incident during the Heineken Cup. read more

Golf and rugby sevens win 2016 Olympics vote - 14 Aug 2009

Golf and rugby sevens have emerged as the two new sports set for inclusion in the 2016 Olympics after the International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board voted for their addition to the Olympic programme during a meeting in Berlin. read more

RWC 2011 invites signage tender - 12 Aug 2009

Rugby World Cup Limited is inviting interested companies to tender... read more

Rugby to enforce social drugs tests - 05 Aug 2009

Rugby union players in England are set to become the first in the world to be tested for cocaine and other social drugs outside of competition. read more

Gloucester to revamp Kingsholm - 30 Jul 2009

Gloucester Rugby managing director Ken Nottage has said that the Shed side of Kingsholm stadium could be developed as part of the preparations for the 2015 World Cup in England. read more

England to host RWC in 2015 - 29 Jul 2009

England has been named as the host nation for the Rugby World Cup in 2015 read more

RFU allows London Welsh takeover - 21 Jul 2009

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) says it is happy with the new takeover at London Welsh, but the club will start the season with a five-point deduction. read more

Italy picks new Magners League teams - 20 Jul 2009

The Italian Rugby Federation has selected two new teams, Aironi and Praetorians Roma, to compete in the Magners League from the start of the 2010-11 season. read more

Canterbury's European arm goes into administration - 14 Jul 2009

The European arm of sportswear firm Canterbury has gone into administration with the loss of 72 jobs in the UK leaving a host of sports teams looking for a new kit supplier. read more

Saracens takes game to Wembley - 13 Jul 2009

Saracens is to stage one of its early Guinness Premiership matches at Wembley Stadium in a bid to attract bigger crowds. read more

Welsh regions set to go to court - 07 Jul 2009

The argument over player availability in Wales continues to roll on after it emerged that the four rugby regions are set to take the Welsh Rugby Union to the High Court ahead of Wales' first autumn Test. read more

Rugby Sevens gets Commonwealth push - 02 Jul 2009

The International Rugby Board has joined forces with the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) to fund a new initiative aimed at increasing the competitiveness of Rugby Sevens in North America. read more

England RWC 2015 bid wins crucial backing - 01 Jul 2009

England’s bid to host the 2015 Rugby World Cup has taken a major step forward after being recommended by the tournament organisers as their preferred choice ahead of the final vote by the International Rugby Board (IRB) Council. read more

SA Rugby: Lions ticket prices too high - 29 Jun 2009

The South African rugby union, SA Rugby, has admitted that lower than expected attendances on the British and Irish Lions tour are partly down to high ticket prices. read more

Bath Rugby strikes Heineken deal - 25 Jun 2009

Bath Rugby has struck a sponsorship deal with Heineken to become the official beer of the Guinness Premiership team from the coming season. read more

IRB unveils new Rugby Sevens film - 23 Jun 2009

The International Rugby Board (IRB) has premiered a new film that will be a key element of Rugby Sevens’ campaign for inclusion in the 2016 Olympic Games. read more

RFU revamps fixtures to help Fiji - 18 Jun 2009

The Rugby Football Union has cancelled England’s scheduled November international against Fiji and replaced it with a Test against Australia in a move designed to help the cash-strapped second-tier rugby nation. read more

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