Rugby Union News Articles

Players' union angry over RFU letter - 19 Mar 2009

Representative body the Professional Rugby Players’ Association has reacted angrily to a letter sent out by the Rugby Football Union to England players warning them against moving abroad to play for non-English clubs. read more

Heineken to be top partner for RWC 2011 - 18 Mar 2009

For the fourth time, Heineken will be the worldwide partner and the official beer of Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand. read more

bmi replaces BA as England airline - 11 Mar 2009

The Rugby Football Union has struck a deal for bmi to become the official airline of the England rugby team, taking the contract over from long-standing sponsor British Airways. read more

Anglo-Welsh Cup set for revamp - 05 Mar 2009

Premier Rugby, the representative body for the top-flight English clubs, is turning to a wholesale revamp of the Anglo-Welsh Cup next season as a means of combating the economic downturn following the RFU's refusal to sanction the proposal for an extra six league matches. read more

ERC appoints marketing firm Essentially - 04 Mar 2009

European club rugby tournament organiser ERC has appointed Essentially Group Limited to market and sell partnerships for Europe’s biggest club rugby competitions: the Heineken Cup and the European Challenge Cup. read more

RFU gets tough on player exodus - 26 Feb 2009

In the wake of a growing player exodus over the Channel, the RFU Management Board has announced that England players’ club contracts in France must include the provisions detailed in the Elite Players’ Squad deal brokered with Guinness Premiership clubs. read more

RFU concerned over player moves - 20 Feb 2009

The Rugby Football Union has admitted its growing concern of the effect on the Guinness Premiership and the England team in the wake of the exodus of leading players transferring to French club rugby. read more

England to bid solo for 2015 Rugby World Cup - 19 Feb 2009

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has confirmed that it will be bidding to host the 2015 Rugby World Cup alone, ruling out any joint proposals with any of the other home nation unions although the bid may include plans for some matches to be staged in those countries. read more

Russia opts for Sevens over RWC bid - 16 Feb 2009

Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) has confirmed that the Rugby Union of Russia has dropped out of battle to host the Rugby World Cup in 2019 switching its attention to bidding for the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 tournament. read more

BA and M&S strike Lions sponsorship deals - 10 Feb 2009

The British & Irish Lions rugby union team have struck sponsorship deals with British Airways and Marks & Spencer for the upcoming tour of South Africa, further adding to their portfolio of commercial partners. read more

MasterCard signs up as Rugby World Cup sponsor - 09 Feb 2009

MasterCard has signed a major multi-million pound sponsorship deal to become a worldwide partner of the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in 2011, replacing previous credit card sponsor VISA. read more

Harlequins Cup clash stays at The Stoop - 05 Feb 2009

Despite the lure of added revenues, rugby union club Harlequins have confirmed that they will not moving their Heineken Cup quarter-final clash against Leinster to Twickenham. read more

England rugby to play at Old Trafford - 04 Feb 2009

The Rugby Football Union has announced that it is to veer away from tradition by taking an England international match against Argentina to Manchester's Old Trafford Stadium later this year. read more

WRU to bid for 2010 Heineken Cup Final - 03 Feb 2009

The Welsh Rugby Union is bidding to bring next season’s Heineken Cup Final to the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. read more

Magners pulls out as Wasps’ sponsor - 02 Feb 2009

After four years, cider brand Magners is reportedly ending its partnership with Rugby Union club London Wasps. read more

RFU opposes Premiership extension plans - 30 Jan 2009

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has announced its strong opposition to proposals put forward by Premier Rugby to extend the Guinness Premiership by a further six rounds of matches. read more

New test confirms clean Rugby World Cup - 28 Jan 2009

The International Rugby Board has announced that blood samples taken at the Rugby World Cup 2007 have all come out negative for Human Growth Hormone (hGH). read more

Powerade unveils InnerGear rugby ads - 26 Jan 2009

Sports drink brand Powerade is launching a new advertising campaign using its ‘InnerGear’ strapline to support its sponsorship of the England and Wales rugby teams. read more

RBS renews £20m Six Nations sponsorship - 21 Jan 2009

The financially-troubled Royal Bank of Scotland has confirmed that it has renewed its sponsorship of rugby union’s Six Nations Championship for a further four years in a rumoured £20m deal, despite the bank registering reported record losses of up to £28bn. read more

Wolf Blass renews England rugby tie-up - 20 Jan 2009

Australian wine brand Wolf Blass has renewed its sponsorship deal with the Rugby Football Union ahead of this year’s Six Nations tournament. read more

RFU concerned about added club fixtures - 16 Jan 2009

The Rugby Football Union has stated its concern about the proposal to increase the number of domestic club fixtures after Premier Rugby agreed that salaries would be capped at £4m and games would be added to allow for more income. read more

WRU gets Welsh players released - 15 Jan 2009

After a long-running row with the Welsh and England Rugby clubs regarding player release, the Welsh Rugby Union has achieved its desired player access for the Six Nations. read more

Warriors extend Carlsberg UK deal - 13 Jan 2009

Carlsberg UK will continue its official beer status for Worcester Warriors after the Guinness Premiership club signed a new deal with the brand. read more

IRFU not to play at Croke after 2010 - 12 Jan 2009

Following rumours that non-GAA sports might be played at Croke Park after the redeveloped Lansdowne Road opened next year, Irish RFU has announced that no rugby or football internationals will be held at the ground after 2010. read more

Rugby top-flight to review salary cap - 18 Dec 2008

The 12 teams in rugby’s Guinness Premiership are to meet in January to discuss proposals for a reduction in the salary cap as the economic recession begins to bite. read more

Hayes takes the reins at London Wasps - 04 Dec 2008

London Wasps has a new owner after Steve Hayes, the managing director of Wycombe Wanderers football club, assumed control of the Guinness Premiership club from previous chairman Chris Wright. read more

Northern Rock sells Falcons’ ground - 04 Dec 2008

Troubled bank Northern Rock has sold the Newcastle Falcons’ ground, though the rugby union club will still continue to lease the site. read more

Heineken renews European rugby deal - 03 Dec 2008

Heineken has agreed to continue its title sponsorship of the European Rugby Cup for four more years, maintaining the existing naming rights of the tournament through to the end of the 2012/13 season. read more

adidas renews All Blacks deal until 2019 - 01 Dec 2008

adidas has renewed its long-running global sponsorship deal with the New Zealand international rugby union team for another ten years in what is thought to be the largest such contract in the sport’s history. read more

Bath Rugby reveals record losses - 28 Nov 2008

Guinness Premiership rugby club Bath has announced record losses of £357,000 for last season in its latest set of financial results. read more

IRB revises RWC tournament fee - 27 Nov 2008

The International Rugby Board has revised the minimum revenue level it requires host nations to deliver in staging the Rugby World Cup in 2015 from £100m to £80m in a bid to make the bidding process more competitive. read more

Cooper released in wake of Welsh Rugby row - 24 Nov 2008

In an effort to resolve the ongoing row between English and Wales clubs and the Welsh Rugby Union regarding player availability, Gloucester have released Gareth Cooper to play in Wales' final autumn Test with Australia this weekend. read more

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